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7 Tips to Stop Sugar Cravings

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7 Tips to Stop Sugar Cravings

OK.  I admit it.  I’m a little intense about the subject of sugar.

As a child I was practically raised on white sugar and feel that it had a part in my many health problems which took me decades to overcome.  You can read some of my story here: Diana’s Story. It was a different time back then. There was not the awareness about nutrition that there is now.

I’m going to give you strategies to avoid sugar and the cravings, but first I must make a few points about why you would want to do such a thing.  This was already dealt with briefly in my previous article on artificial sweeteners.

7 Reasons to Give Up Sugar:

1. Sugar is Not Food – It is empty calories with little nutritional value and actually causes your body to steal vitamins from other vital organs in attempt to process the sugar, leaving you undernourished.
2. Sugar Makes You Fat – It is filled with calories that are stored in your fat tissues.
3. Sugar Makes You Nervous – There is a clear link between excess sugar and disorders like anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, because of extreme levels of insulin and adrenalin.
4. Sugar Causes Diabetes, Kidney and Heart Problems – Excess sugar can damage the pancreas’s ability to function properly.
5. Sugar Kills Your Teeth – Sugar increases the bacteria in your mouth that erodes enamel. The biggest crime is that many popular toothpastes contain sugar which is not required to be put the on the label.
6. Sugar Suppresses the Immune System - Sugar interferes with the body by overtaxing its defenses.
7. Sugar Causes Wrinkles – A high-sugar diet damages collagen.

The average American consumes 20 teaspoons of added sugar each day; that is 2-3 pounds of sugar per week!  This is added sugar; not sugar naturally found in fruit, vegetables, grains and milk. The World Health Organization says no more than 10 percent of calories should come from added sweeteners; that is a maximum of 12 teaspoons of sugar for a 2,200-calorie diet.  Twenty teaspoons may sound like a lot of sugar to get through in one day, but…

Consider the following:

  • Low-fat fruit yogurt (125ml) contains 4 1/2 tsp of sugar.
  • 2 slices white bread contains 6 tsp of sugar.
  • Wheaties (1 bowl & 1/2 tsp sugar) contains 3-4 tsp sugar.
  • 1 glazed donut contains 6 tsp of sugar.
  • A 12 ounce Pepsi contains 10 tsp of sugar.

That is a total of 29.5 teaspoons of sugar!  It is easy to see why sugar consumption is on the rise when we look at how many foods have added sugar in them.

There is hope….

Next: How to get off sugar

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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3:43PM PDT on Jul 21, 2015

I have always had trouble with sweet and carb cravings particurly at 3pm and after dinner! I was prepping for a bodybuilding contest so this was not ideal. Due to my strict food plan it made it hard to eat foods to resolve this. I found Zanetics Crave-Stop, a great supplement in the form of a tablet that conquered my food cravings and also helped with my hunger. The ingredients in Crave-Stop are all in the website and explain exactly what it dies for the body. It gives the body the nutrients it needs to fight the cravings at the source. If anyone wants to check the product out you can see it here www.Crave-Stop.com they also have an awesome instagram with nutrition and health facts - @crave-stop

My friends and I use Crave-Stop to keep us on tract with our diet and assist with weigh loss. Highly recommend this product.

3:43PM PDT on Jul 21, 2015

I have always had trouble with sweet and carb cravings particurly at 3pm and after dinner! I was prepping for a bodybuilding contest so this was not ideal. Due to my strict food plan it made it hard to eat foods to resolve this. I found Zanetics Crave-Stop, a great supplement in the form of a tablet that conquered my food cravings and also helped with my hunger. The ingredients in Crave-Stop are all in the website and explain exactly what it dies for the body. It gives the body the nutrients it needs to fight the cravings at the source. If anyone wants to check the product out you can see it here www.Crave-Stop.com they also have an awesome instagram with nutrition and health facts - @crave-stop

My friends and I use Crave-Stop to keep us on tract with our diet and assist with weigh loss. Highly recommend this product.

3:42PM PDT on Jul 21, 2015

I have always had trouble with sweet and carb cravings particurly at 3pm and after dinner! I was prepping for a bodybuilding contest so this was not ideal. Due to my strict food plan it made it hard to eat foods to resolve this. I found Zanetics Crave-Stop, a great supplement in the form of a tablet that conquered my food cravings and also helped with my hunger. The ingredients in Crave-Stop are all in the website and explain exactly what it dies for the body. It gives the body the nutrients it needs to fight the cravings at the source. If anyone wants to check the product out you can see it here www.Crave-Stop.com they also have an awesome instagram with nutrition and health facts - @crave-stop

My friends and I use Crave-Stop to keep us on tract with our diet and assist with weigh loss. Highly recommend this product.

4:49AM PDT on May 7, 2015

Time for a change for health

2:35AM PDT on Mar 19, 2015

Thanks for the info.

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7:35PM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

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11:58AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

i could use more dried fruit in my life

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