Is your lingering sweet tooth a threat to your health regiment? We are here to tell you that you are not alone. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, a family physician and NY Time’s #1 Best Selling author, there is truth and fact behind your cravings. Dr. Hyman claims that sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine and when you eat sugar your brain recognizes this as a reward. Thus, the more you eat, the more your brain reinforces the habit. As time goes on you will need more and more sugar to satisfy your cravings which leave you in an endless cycle of cravings and overeating which can essentially lead to a plethora of other health problems.
Even though the situation seems grim, there is a way to get your body back on track and on the right path to a happy healthy life. Finding the right path can be achieved by anyone who is willing to make a lifestyle change by adjusting their eating habits and retraining your body to love only real whole healthy foods. Although it can sound intimidating, you will need to detox your body for a fresh start. There are various ways to detox so do the research and find the right approach that you feel will work best for you.
Once you have completed your detox, the most important thing is to remember that you are not on a diet. Rather, you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes eating healthy whole natural foods while exercising on a regular basis. A few dietary tips that are extremely helpful when new to the health food scene are as follows: Try and eat some protein with every meal, especially breakfast. This will help curb your cravings and balance your blood sugar. Don’t consume your calories from sugary drinks. Water with a squeeze of your favorite fresh fruit is a great alternative. Eat lots of carbs, but the right kind! There are many fruits and especially non-starchy veggies that can fuel your body with energy while keeping your calorie count way down. Fats are not your enemy, at least not the healthy kind. You should consume a small amount of fat with every meal as well. Examples of healthy fats are derived from extra virgin olive oil, foods containing omega 3’s, avocados, nuts and more. Lastly, give yourself at least 30 days to adjust to your new lifestyle and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much better you feel and how much your cravings have subsided.