Deconstructing Your Sugar Cravings
This article describes the causes of sugar cravings and constructive ways to deal with them.
Today we find sugar in the unlikeliest of places, not only where we’ve come to expect it, but in places such as plain packaged popcorn, canned vegetables and baby food, as well as many others.
With all this exposure to refined carbohydrates ( processed sugar which is derived from sugar cane and beets, stripped of its nutrients, which include vitamins, minerals and fiber) its no wonder that we are constantly battling sugar cravings. Not only does this sugar require extra effort to digest, but, in the process of digestion, it depletes our body of its stores of the nutrients required for this as well, which are needed for other body processes.
Because refined carbohydrates are digested very quickly, our body experiences a sharp surge in blood sugar levels, leading to a sugar high ( happy and energetic for a while), and then, because insulin is quickly pumped out to reduce this blood sugar, we suffer from the effects of low blood sugar, such as depression, anxiety, anger, tiredness, and binges. Consequently, if you are going to successfully manage your cravings, you are in for a challenge.
There are many causes of cravings, some that are not only food related. Some of these are listed below:                       
  • Lack of water – frequently the body mistakes thirst for hunger. Many times we are practically on the verge of dehydration before we realize we are thirsty.
  • Lack of primary food, which we define as nourishment which does not come on a plate. Some of these include relationships, creativity, spirituality, and quite a few more.
  • Yin/yang imbalance, which is an imbalance in the energetics of food. If we eat foods that are too yin or too yang, the body tries to restore balance through cravings.
  • The “inside coming out”. This can best be described as foods eaten by our ancestors or childhood foods.
  • Seasonal – our body craves food that balance out the elements of the seasons. For example, in the summer we crave cooling foods, such as ice cream or salads. In the winter, we crave warming foods such as hot foods, meat, oil and fats.
  • Lack of nutrients
  • Hormonal imbalances – this holds true for both men and women.
  • De-evolution or self-sabotage.
In order to deal with these cravings there are many things you can do, basically related to correcting the causes as listed above:
  • Drink more water.
  • Cultivate your primary food, including relationships, career, finances, etc. as listed above.
  • Correct your energy imbalance by eating the right foods to balance yin/yang.
  • Come to terms with your childhood triggers.
  • Eat seasonally and locally.
  • Eat nutritionally dense food.
  • Be on the look-out for self-sabotaging behaviors.
By implementing these suggestions, you can permanently change your relationship with sugar and practice a healthier life style.
About the Author:
Evelyn Chadwick - Evelyn Chadwick Health Counselor Primary Well Being

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