Our bodies use glucose as a primary fuel source,so our brains have evolved to like sweet foods.Consuming sugar activates the dopamine system, the brain’s reward system.Dopamine, the feel-good chemical messenger,is then released and reinforces our desire for sugar
When we frequently consume sugary foods, our brains adapt to require more sugar to experience the same rewarding feeling. So you repeat the behavior, again and again, thereby further strengthening the circuit.
Re-think your sugar cravings, we often think we are addicted to sugar, but rather its our body's way of telling you something else that you need to look at!!!
Below are the few reasons why you maybe experiencing sugar cravings!
Body needs carbs as energy, make sure you're eating enough at meals. This is also important for blood sugar balance. Choose complex carbs like whole grains, fruits and vegetables over the processed ones(bread, chops, pastries)
Fibre is great for digestion and blood sugars. When we eat a meal with little or no fibre there is sudden rise in blood sugar. The result of this is a carb-crash and thereafter tired, hungry and craving for more sugar.
When there are long gaps between the meal cells become starved for fuel and the brain sends out a signal that we need to consume more carbs,now instead of grabbing a fruit,we indulge in a more food loaded with refined sugar leading the craving cycle to continue.
LACK OF GOOD QUALITY PROTEIN AND FAT in the diet, can mean bigger blood sugar swings. Protein takes a little longer to be broken down in our body and helps in keeping the blood sugar steady.
When we are stressed, we have a high level of hormone called cortisol and we crave sugar because if eat some sugar the body will release a hormone called serotonin (calming and relaxing hormone). You get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the actual problem is not addressed
Zinc, chromium and magnesium imbalances manifest themselves as sugar cravings.
Lack of sleep has shown to reduce appetite control and increases food cravings.
1. Choose whole foods. The closer a food is to its original form, the less processed sugar it will contain. Food in its natural form, including fruits and vegetables, usually presents no metabolic problems for a normal body, especially when consumed in variety.
2. Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Make sure every meal that you eat, contains protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. This will keep you fuller for long period and stabilize your blood sugars.
3 Listen to your body
Body is constantly providing feedback.But,are you listening?
Its important that you are eating in a way that
🔸Provides you with all the nutrients you require.
🔸Satisfies your Hunger cues
🔸Helps you live optimally from a disease stand point
4. Sleep: Getting enough quality sleep can increase energy levels and impulse control while reducing sugar cravings.

5. Exercise, dance or do some yoga. Whatever movement you enjoy will help reduce tension, boost your energy and decrease your need for a sugar lift.

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