Almost everyone can relate to that intense desire to eat more bread or cookies. Sugar and carbs are really the same thing here. Carbohydrate-containing foods will metabolize into sugar by your body. To understand how to stop craving carbs, we need to understand what causes these cravings.
What causes us to crave sugar
Blood sugar imbalances, causing insulin surges, are responsible for carb cravings. It is a viscous circle: you eat carbs, you crave more carbs! Not only that, but your gut bacteria will cause you to crave certain foods. For example, if you suffer from candida overgrowth, the little bugs will really work hard at getting you to feed them sugar. Lastly, eating carbs and sugar provides a burst of serotonin and endorphins. It makes you feel good! Hormonal imbalances will make you more vulnerable to cravings, which explains why women tend to struggle with cravings before their menstruations.
How to Stop Craving Carbs and Sugar
1- Stabilize your blood sugar: Avoiding sugar and processed foods is critical if you want to get off that insulin roller coaster. Using stevia in place of sugar in your sweet treats will help when you feel like you NEED sugar. Gradually, you will find that the cravings are not as strong. Eating more healthy fat and protein, drinking enough water are other ways to improve your glucose metabolism. Also, make sure you consume at least 7-9 cups of vegetables each day. Nutritional yeast is also a great addition to your diet as it provides the B vitamins necessary to lowering insulin.
2- Feed the good bugs in your gut: The brain-gut axis is becoming very well researched. This term doesn’t describe a physical network, but rather the interrelationship between the intestines and the brain. It describes how the microbes in your intestines have an impact on your behaviour and that include your food choices, since different microbes prefer different foods. Furthermore, the vagus nerve (connecting your brain to your gut) plays a major role in brain to gut signaling. When food arrives in your stomach, your gut bacteria will determine whether your vagus nerve will suppress your hunger or not.
3- Get rid of candida overgrowth: Candida, on top of it’s various unpleasant symptoms, will cause you to crave more carbs because that is what it feeds on.
4- Get natural energy: Food sensitivities can leave you drained and looking to sugar as a pick me up. Go through an elimination diet to see if your cravings improve. Avoid gluten, dairy, corn and soy for at least 21 days and start reintroducing them gradually to see if you react to them. Wait 3 days between each reintroduction and keep a journal to write how you feel. Also, feed your body the nutrients it needs to avoid cravings.
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