Breaking Up With Sugar
8 Tips To Combat Sugar Cravings
by Aga Postawska, Holistic Health Coach on April 5th, 2019

Lets Talk About Sugar & Let's Not Sugar Coat Things...

As sweet as it is, the bitter truth is that sugar is not your friend, it's more like an abusive relationship luring you in with it's irresistible temptations, silently hijacking your tastebuds and emotions while sweeping you off your feet with it's sweet, sweet kisses, and as soon as you're hooked...

... it turns on you and things get real ugly.

It starts to silently damage your body, causing widespread inflammation, while discreetly robbing you of your energy and destroying everything good within you. 

That's sugar in a nutshell.

As much as you say you're done, its finished, you're over it... you catch yourself caving in and going back for more. A part of you knows that you're lying to yourself when you say that every thing is okay, as you succumb to another sweet temptation, hating yourself for it, holding back tears, watching your life crumble right your eyes.

Dramatic? 

Well, that's the reality for many of us.  I was there once, totally out of control, no will power to say "No," to something that I actually really didn't want. It felt like something else was in control. 

It's crucial to remove processed and refined sugars from your diet if you want to live a healthy and empowered life and it's absolutely vital to your long-term health! 

And it's not just about your physical health to consider here. I'm talking about your overall potential as a human being; your mental capacity for heightened awareness and more conscious and evolved thinking, a balanced and grounded emotional life, and the ability to feel into and live from your authentic heart. 

Part of the task at hand is to grow of the addictive, materialistic, ego-driven consumer unconscious behaviour, drop our scarcity-mentality (which sugar can fuel out of control) in oder to step into a more harmonious and benevolent way of living. 

Sugar can definitely put a hinderance on this evolution of embodying a more virtuous version of yourself as it keeps us in a disempowered loop of dependancy. 
What Causes a Sugar Craving? 
Often times a sugar craving is simply a misinterpreted cry out for nourishment. You may be thinking that you want sugar, but your body is actually asking you for something quite different. When cutting out sugar from your diet, the first week can be the most intense as you go into withdrawal and sugar cravings peak. 

This is because sugar can be more addictive than cocaine!

Studies have shown that sugar lights up the pleasure and reward centres of the brain like a disco ball!  It's shown be more rewarding than the effects of cocaine. 


“Studies suggest that every time we eat sweets we are reinforcing those neuropathways, causing the brain to become increasingly hardwired to crave sugar, building up a tolerance like any other drug,”
- Cassie Bjork, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Simple Life



Sugar cravings can easily become more than just an addiction to your sweet tooth but a biological eating disorder fuelled by hormones and neurotransmitters, and in some cases a symptom of a deeper problem...

... a complete pathogenic fungal overgrowth within the body! 

Thats right, there's a fungus that grows inside of your body and thrives off the sugar in your diet. When gone long enough unnoticed it can take over your body and wreak havoc on your health masquerading itself as other conditions such as chronic yeast and bladder infections, eczema, metabolic disorders, even depression.

I've been working with Candida Cleanser as their in-house health coach and detox doula since 2013, and I've seen people eliminate their life long sugar cravings in a blink of an eye as soon as their candida was under control!
Check out the Success Stories page to read all about it.

Let's review some of the reason's why you could be craving sugar.


1. Dehydration
Often times when your body is on the verge of dehydration a sugar craving will manifest. When your body runs low on water, you become weak, tired, and foggy brained and stimulating foods like sugar are a quick fix, like tossing gasoline on a fire. Rather than going for sugar, try drinking a big glass of water and waiting a few minutes to see what happens.

2. Lack of Nutrients 
If your body isn’t getting enough nutrients from your diet it will continue to send out signals of hunger asking you for nutrients. It's quite common for people with parasite and fungal infections to be nutrient deficient for a number of reason; they aren't producing enough stomach acid or pancreatic enzymes to actually digest and absorb their food, the pathogens are eating the nutrients themselves. In this case supplementation to help with digestion is helpful.
Continue to this article learn more about how to do to boost and balance digestive juices

3. Sleep Deprivation
When you deprive your body of sleep, rest, and relaxation you are basically running on fumes and your body will start to crave fuel in the form of sugar. Simple carbohydrates like refined sugars are rapidly broken down and quickly enter your bloodstream for a burst of an energy. However, the spike in blood sugar will only leave you energized for a brief moment before your sugar levels drop again and yet another craving sets in.

4. Hormonal
Women tend to experience hormonal sugar cravings more than men as their hormones differ from day to day. The fluctuating testosterone, estrogen and progesterone levels can cause unique food cravings amongst the common sugar craving. This is a good time to turn to whole foods that are naturally sweet such as root vegetables, fresh fruits, and berries.

5. Candida Overgrowth
Candida yeast and fungus feeds on the excess sugar in your diet. When fungal candida dominates your gut, it releases powerful biochemicals that (strongly) influence your food choices leaving you susceptible to intense sugar cravings. If you have non-stop intense sugar or alcohol cravings one of the best thing to do is the Candida Cleanser, repopulate your gut with probiotics, and eat plenty of fermented foods to restore the proper equilibrium in your micro-biome.

6. Emotional
Often times we turn to food and sugar, not because we are hungry, but because we are in an emotional state that we find uncomfortable or unpleasant. We may feel anxious, stressed out, be grieving, or simply feeling bored. Rather than dealing with the underlying emotional issue, we use food to escape. Often we use food to distract ourselves, comfort ourselves, and suppress the root of the problem. 

Next time you are faced with a sugar craving, become aware of your emotional state. Are you actually needing the sugar, or are you simply distracting yourself from something uncomfortable, something deeper?

Addictions of any kind, be it food, sugar or drug, are often rooted in a childhood trauma of abuse: physical, emotional or sexual.  On this healing journey it's important to consider these deeper driving factors of what can be causing an addiction, to fully understand the depth and complexity of it, so that you may have patience and compassion for yourself as intense emotions can arise while you are cleansing and healing.

7 Tips for Combating Sugar Cravings
1. Fight Sugar With Healthy Fats
Fat does not make you fat, sugar does. Healthy fats on the other hand help stabilize your blood sugar, keep you feeling satiated for longer, provide fuel and energy for your cells, give your body the building blocks to creating healthy hormones, help repair intestinal lining, and the list continues... 

Snack on nuts, seeds, nut butters, or avocados. My favorite sugar combatting snack is an apple with almond butter or sunflower seed butter. You can also use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil generously in your cooking and on salads to stay satiated and to help keep sugar cravings at bay.

2. Start Your Day With A Low-Carb Meal With Protein
Starting your day with protein is the secret to balancing your blood sugar and insulin which helps curb your sugar cravings for the rest of the day. Choose a clean source of protein such as organic eggs, nuts, seeds, fish, chicken, grass-fed red meat, or a high quality protein powder -- I use a collagen powder from grass-fed sources.

3. Snack On Whole-Foods That Are Naturally Sweet
Root vegetables, fresh fruits and berries have enough natural sugar in them to satisfy a sweet tooth. If you’ve been eating a high sugar diet your taste palette has been compromised. After a few days off of refined and added sugars you’ll find that a slice of pineapple or even a simple beet is plenty sweet. This is because your taste buds renew themselves every 10 days or so and you have an entire new taste palette to play with. 
Have a sweet tooth? Try one of these tasty sugar-free desserts that won't feed Candida.

4. Move Your Body!
Incorporate regular physical activity into your day like walking and stretching. Start with 10 minutes a day. Being active helps balance blood sugar levels, boosts energy, releases endorphins which improve your mood, helps melt tension and releases pent up emotion, all of which help you reduce your need to self-medicate with sugar.

5. Stay Hydrated
Have a water bottle handy so you remember to drink water throughout the day. Add a slice of lemon, cucumber, basil leaves, or fresh rosemary for extra flavor which can entice you to drink more water. Reduce the consumption of dehydrating liquids such as coffee and alcohol which also cause blood sugar swings.

6. Play With Spices & Herbs
Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander, basil, cloves, stevia, mint, and vanilla can sweeten your meals naturally to help combat sugar craves. Try infusing your water with these herbs and you'll find that drinking more water throughout the day becomes tastier and easier. I like to chew on a cinnamon stick (make sure to use ceylon cinnamon rather than cassia as it's the one that's packed with nutrients), or a licorice stick (the actually herb not the candy!)

7. Get Good Quality Sleep & Schedule In Regular Down Time
Avoid late night screen time, turn off your electronics and keep them out of your bedroom. Black out curtains can help improve the quality of your sleep. Schedule in time everyday for a self-care activity. When you're rested, feel taken care of, and your emotional needs have been met, you're less likely to turn to a coping mechanism of binge eating sugar.

8. Eliminate Chemicals & Artificial Sweeteners, Low-fat & Fat-free Foods From Your Diet.
These foods interfere with the natural biological responses in your gut that signal satiety to your brain, they mess with your blood sugar, and trap you on a roller coaster of sugar highs and lows. Avoid them and watch sugar cravings begin to disappear. 

9. Try Supplementing with Chromium 
Chromium picolinate can help improve the body’s response to insulin and manage blood sugar levels to help get sugar cravings under control. It has also shown reduce hunger, cravings and binge eating.
Sheri Eliminates Sugar Cravings In 3 Days!
Sugar cravings are often the first thing to go when you eliminate fungal Candida, and many people are shocked at how EFFORTLESS it is!

So, if you've been struggling to take back control, let us help you!

Patty and I run a regular VIP group coaching program that guides you through the 45 Candida Cleanser protocol. We meet for a call every week, you have 8 weeks of recipes provided, we have awesome guest teachers, a private facebook group, and a private membership area loaded with resources. We want to see you successfully reclaim your health and power!

Join us for the next round. More information here: BREAK FREE! 8 Week VIP Coaching Program



Ready To Start Your Healing Journey?

Happy Healing,
Aga Postawska, HHC


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References:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131015123341.htm
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/experts-is-sugar-addictive-drug#2
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/chromium-picolinate
https://upliftconnect.com/addiction-is-a-response-to-childhood-suffering/

About Aga Postawska

Aga is a certified holistic health coach and yoga instructor who recently joined the Candida Cleanser team after developing The Gut Rehab Program - a comprehensive how-to video and resource guide to repairing Leaky Gut and reversing the damage done by Candida overgrowth. She loves guiding people in their healing process and helping them find healthy dietary changes that work combined with powerful stress-reduction and lifestyle improvements.

Visit her website: www.coreconsciousliving.com
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