Many sugar cravings stem from a blood sugar imbalance.
In yesterday’s post, we talked about when your body ingests sugar, your blood sugar spikes and your body releases insulin to lower it to a safe level. If insulin brings your blood sugar level a bit too low after a spike, as often happens after a carbohydrate dense meal, your body craves foods that will raise it and increase your energy. Then you are on a blood sugar roller coaster, and it’s hard to get off it. The key to balancing blood sugar is to eat foods that prevent too much insulin from being produced, such as protein and healthy fats, and consuming only small amounts of carbs. It’s also recommended to eat regular meals and snacks, because blood sugar drops when you skip a meal.
Some cravings originate not from your belly, but from your brain, as a result of lifestyle. Stress causes the hormone cortisol to flood your body, releasing glucose from your liver, which in turn raises your blood sugar. We know fluctuations in blood sugar can cause cravings, so being constantly under stress is likely to trigger binge eating on high-carb foods. Poor sleep also can cause overeating, including increased sugar consumption, as you seek energy to combat your fatigue.
Tips to curb the sugar craving:
- Eat quality food that are high in good protein and healthy fats, e.g. eggs, lean meat and meals with avocados and olive oil
- Maintain steady blood sugar levels
- Try meditation or reach out for support if you are under stress
- Keep quality sleep for 7-9 hours a day
- Exercise smartly, including at least 30min walking or strength training per day
- Implement crave-cutting supplements, e.g. Carb-Bal