First it was Thanksgiving, then Halloween and now we are on the verge of the holiday party season.
No big deal you tell yourself, it’s just “one treat”, right?
Except….when it turns into a week and then a month and there is no end in sight…..
It’s like you’ve taken a bite of the forbidden fruit and you’re cursed!
Those damn sugar cravings are killing you.
Why oh why are sugar cravings so hard to kick?
I’m sure many of you have heard that sugar is even more addictive for the brain than cocaine. While that’s partly true. It’s not the only reason you’re suffering from these intense cravings.
Lack of sleep, stress/adrenal fatigue, unbalanced meals (discussed in my weight loss tip sheet) are a few additional factors to consider. But let’s talk about one you probably haven’t heard of.
Yes, bugs! You may not believe me, but there are 10x as many little buggies in your body than your own DNA!
Seriously, that’s no exaggeration. We are full of bacteria and more than that, they play a CRITICAL role in our health. In fact, 70-80% of our immune system is dependant on a healthy gut.
So what does this have to do with sugar cravings?
Well, not only are these little guys super influential to your health. But they are also living breathing things and like any living creature, they have a strong will to survive.
When you eat sugar you are creating more “bad” bacteria in your gut. In order for them to survive, they need more sugar. So, they do what any living thing would do, fight to survive! They do this by sending you a CRAVING for more sugar.
See, there is a real fight going on in your body, it’s not just in your head 😉
In a recent study, it was discovered that the gut bacteria in an overweight person was vastly different than that of a lean person. The overweight person’s bacteria consisted of far more “pathogenic” bacteria, i.e. disease-causing, as well as bacteria that has an infinity for carbohydrates and EVEN little bugs that help pull MORE calories from food!
While this may sound completely unfair, and enough to make you throw your hands up in despair. The study didn’t stop there. The researchers changed the diet of their overweight subjects and low and behold, in as little as 24 hours, the type of bacteria in their gut started to shift for the better!
So what does this mean for you?
You need to STARVE those bad gut bugs by eating lots of whole fresh fruits and vegetables, especially fermented foods like pickles, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, miso and tempeh to help support good bacteria growth and send those bad ones packing!
The hard truth, is that you really have to stop with the sugar cold turkey. Trust me, it’s the easiest way. As long as you’re having a little bit of sugar, both your brain, your hormones (insulin) and those little critters, will be working against you!
But here’s a tip to help!
One of the most powerful things you can take to increase digestion, alkalize your body and balance your blood sugar, thereby reducing cravings is:
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
First thing in the morning, mix 1 tablespoon of organic with “the mother” included ACV in a full glass of water and wait 20 min before eating. During the first few days that you’re trying to pry those cookies out of your hand, also try having it 20 min before lunch and dinner. In studies, it has shown to be as effective as some diabetic drugs at controlling blood sugar. So trust me, it makes a huge difference!
If I haven’t mentioned it before, balancing your blood sugar is the KEY to losing weight, balancing your hormones, reducing cravings and can go a long way to preventing a whole range of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.
Always remember, knowledge is power and nobody can take it from you!
I sure do love hearing from you, so if you have questions or comments, please leave them below.
Before I sign off. I have something special for you in case a chocolate craving hits that you just can’t ignore!
Chocolate Velvet Vegan Pudding
2 small Avocados
1 ripe Banana
4 soaked Medjool dates
4 tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Sea salt to taste
Maple syrup to taste, only if needed
Simply add everything to a blender and pulse slowly until smooth. You can add a little water or maple syrup if you need to thin it.
* If you don’t have time to soak the dates you can use maple syrup to sweeten.
Stay healthy and inspired!