Okay, so we all know that sugar is bad for us.
But does that stop us from eating it? Usually the answer is a resounding “no!”
I won’t review here all of the ways sugar damages our health and impairs our quality of life. There are plenty of resources online, including dozens of references on the Reno Alternative Medicine website. (Go to the search page by clicking here.)
Instead I’d like to offer some practical suggestions for ways to break the cycle of craving sweets.
Reasons We Crave Sugar
According to Western medical research, we crave sugar for a variety of reasons. Note that none of these are the real reason for the cravings, but they are at least conditions associated with them. After this list I’ll share with you the real cause.
Here’s the Western medicine list of causes for sugar cravings:
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Candida Albicans Overgrowth (yeast infection)
Excess Neuropeptide Y (a substance that triggers insulin release, thus increasing hunger and especially carbohydrate cravings)
It’s an impressive list, don’t you think? Sadly, thinking about sugar cravings as it relates to these factors won’t help control them. This is because all of these problems, including the sugar cravings, are related to a deeper, more fundamental pattern of imbalance. Looking at the above list for an answer misses this deeper pattern.
That’s not to say that there isn’t an association. There is in every case. It’s just that none of these are the cause of the cravings.
So what’s the real cause?
Now before you write me an email questioning my sanity (“We haven’t had starvation in this country in over a hundred years!”), hear me out. The kind of starvation I’m referring to isn’t Ethiopian children with bloated stomachs from lack of food, but rather starvation for the fundamental nutrients your body needs.
You can eat all day long to keep from feeling hungry, but it won’t stop this kind of starvation from happening. There are two causes for it:
Not eating the foods your body really needs.
Not digesting, absorbing and utilizing the nutrients in the foods do you eat.
Think about it: if either of the above two situations are true, your body won’t get what it needs from eating. As a result you crave ‘something else’ every time you eat. And what’s the quickest, easiest ‘fix’ for this craving? You guessed it. Sugar.
That would be the end of it except for the fact that sugar doesn’t give you what you’re missing. Instead it slogs down your digestion and impairs your metabolic functions. Even the temporary sugar rush only hastens the downward health spiral into one or more of the above health issues.
The Simple, Two-pronged Approach to Overcoming Sugar Craving
Each person needs a somewhat different mix of nutrients. In addition, there are foods that will increase systemic imbalances, while other foods will correct them. The old biblical saying, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison,” refers directly to this fact.
An example of the former is Vitamin D. If you’re paying attention to popular alternative media, the past year has been rich with reports of how most people don’t get enough of this ‘sunshine vitamin.’ And for the most part they are right.
However, if you have specific metabolic imbalances, Vitamin D is the last extra supplement you want to take. Why? Because it will throw your body into further imbalance.
The first part of overcoming sugar cravings is determining exactly which nutrients and foods you should be eating. There is only one way to do this proven over the past 30 years, Metabolic TypingÃ‚Â®.
By knowing your Metabolic TypeÃ‚Â®, you know exactly which foods your body needs to feel satisfied and to return to a healthier balance. A crucial part of this knowledge is understanding what your optimal balance of fats, proteins and carbohydrates is.
Knowing your Metabolic TypeÃ‚Â® gives you an excellent starting point for determining this, but you still need to dial in your exact ratios based on your body’s unique responses to what you eat. Once you’ve pinpointed this ratio, your cravings very often disappear.
The second part of overcoming sugar cravings is making sure your digestion, absorption and utilization of what you eat is happening most efficiently.
There’s more to this second part than we have room for here, but suffice it to say that it involves improving digestive efficiency, removing foods that trigger food sensitivity reactions, reducing toxic blocking factors in the body and balancing hormones.
By addressing the food and nutrient intake issue and optimizing digestion, absorption and utilization of those foods and nutrients in your body, you get everything your body needs to feel good. Is it any surprise then that the sugar cravings go away?