5 Steps to Kick Sugar Cravings & Alternatives

Understanding the Science of the Brain and Sugar addiction as this video explains can be very helpful.

Problems with Sugar

Including desert foods, cakes, ice creams, all gum, cookies, jelly, jams, jellos,
cake, fruit juice, sodas and anything with sugar - This also includes Agave, brown sugar, raw organic cane sugar, evaporated cane sugar, coconut sugar

These are the cause of most sickness and disease, high blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, fatty liver disease, promotes wrinkles, Candida, acidic blood, osteoporosis, rots teeth, addictive, robs minerals, cancer, ulcers, gallstones, adrenal fatigue, suppress immune, eczema, arthritis, and more.

See Dr. Lustig's video on the health dangers of sugar:

5 Steps to Kick Sugar Cravings & Addictions

The four main steps to overcome sweet addiction:

  • - Get more fiber,
  • - More protein,
  • - More healthy fat
  • - And consume sour foods
  • Then use alternatives!

If you find yourself in a jam, really wanting sugar, have a tablespoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon of Apple cider Vinegar, a piece of raw organic cheese (although I don’t recommend dairy normally) and drink a glass of water.

1. Get more protein in your diet

Protein actually will help balance out blood sugar and so that really helps reduce sugar cravings. Some of the best protein foods for this are:

• Grass-fed beef
• Whey protein, ideally from raw goat milk
• Lentils
• Wild fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, etc.
• Organic chicken
• Black beans
• Natto
• Raw milk
• Kefir
• Yogurt
• Free-range eggs
• Raw cheese

2. Healthy Fats

Your body can burn sugar for energy or fat for energy. If you stop consuming as much sugar, start consuming more healthy fat. The best fat for this is:
- Coconut or coconut oil.
- Avacado
- Nuts and seeds
- Grass-fed butter or Ghee
- Eggs
- EV Olive Oil
(all organic of course)

3. Eat More Fiber

Fiber helps you stay fuller longer. It also supports detoxification and can reduce candida symptoms in your body. Candida is a major cause of sugar cravings. You want to aim for 35–40 grams of fiber a day. Start consuming more high-fiber foods, especially vegetables and nuts and seeds, like chia seeds and flaxseeds.
Other good sources of fiber include:
• Avocados
• Asian pears
• Berries
• Coconut
• Figs
• Artichokes
• Peas
• Okra
• Acorn squash
• Brussels sprouts
• Turnips
• Black beans
• Chickpeas
• Lima beans
• Split peas
• Lentils
• Quinoa
• Psyllium Husk
It’s also important to eat a high-fiber diet because fiber is more than just a regulator. Dietary fiber can also help with the following conditions:
• Atherosclerosis, • Cancer, • Colitis, • Constipation, • Crohn’s disease, • Diabetes, • Diarrhea, • Diverticulosis, • Hemorrhoids, • Heart disease, • Hypertension, • Irritable bowel syndrome, • Kidney stones, • Obesity, • Peptic ulcer, • PMS

4. Consume more Sour or Probiotic-rich foods

Fermented foods are sour because of the good bacteria found in them. They fight off and reduce candida in your body, which is why you reduce sugar cravings. Getting your gut bacteria in order from bad to good will stop the cravings since it’s the bad bacteria that wants to be fed sugar and not really you.

- Homemade probiotic yogurt
- Kefir
- Fermented Vegetables
- Sauerkraut
- kimchi,
- Also sour foods like apple cider vinegar (also a probiotic)
- Also, lemon juice in your water throughout the day can decrease your sugar cravings.
More probiotic foods include:
• Kombucha
• Natto
• Coconut kefir
• Kvass
• Raw cheese
• Miso
• Tempeh
• Lacto Fermented Pickles

The Best Sugar Alternatives

- Lo Han (luohanguo)

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My favorite but somewhat expensive and hard to get. Known as the longevity fruit in China is an herb that helps to inhibit tumors, has antioxidant properties, manage diabetes, heart disease and good for inflammation and cough and digestive distress and more. It also feeds good bacteria in your intestines, Sold at Sweet fiber – sweetfiber.net

- Yacon – (root vegetables) extract

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Also one of my favorites with many health benefits including weight loss and improved digestion. Yacon also feeds good bacteria in the body. With the consistency of molasses

- Stevia

Stevia is a no-calorie, natural sweetener. This can help on an immediate basis. Just beware. Not all stevia is good, so don’t be fooled.

The three main types stevia are:

    • 1. Green leaf stevia (best option) — This is the least processed of all types of stevia. It’s dried and ground leaves in powdered form. This is sweet, slightly bitter and not as potent as most stevia products. But this is good since it’s until about 30–40 times sweeter than sugar. (click photo for link)

  • 2. Stevia extracts — Extract from the sweeter and less bitter part of the stevia leaf (rebaudioside), which doesn’t have the health benefits found in stevioside. This type of stevia may be a better option than other regular sweeteners but there aren’t many studies available yet showing its effects. It’s about 200 times sweeter than sugar.
  • 3. Altered stevia and Truvia (Worst option) — Avoid this as it’s is chemically processed and has added ingredients.

- Raw honey

One tablespoon of raw honey has 64 calories and has less impact on glycemic load than a single banana. It’s important to note benefits are only with raw honey. Once pasteurized, honey loses many of the health benefits of raw honey.

- Dates

Dates are loaded with potassium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B6. So many benefits of dates especially organic Medjool dates.

- Maple syrup

Maple syrup is a great source of manganese and contains calcium, potassium, and zinc. Rich in antioxidants, this all-natural sweetener helps to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative damage. Select darker, Grade B as they showcase more of maple syrup’s nutritional benefits.

- Blackstrap molasses

All molasses is obtained from raw cane sugar, made by boiling it until it’s a rich sweet syrup. Blackstrap molasses comes from the third boiling, concentrating its nutrients and providing for its deep, rich flavor and is full of minerals.

Artificial Sugar Substitutes are Not an Option!

Those are - High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), Truvia, aspartame, (NutraSweet, equal) sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (sweet’N low), acesulfame potassium, neotame, and others.

  • - These can be even worse than sugar, linked to cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and stroke, cause hormone issues, digestion problems, and more.
  • - They are genetically modified (GMO) made from corn, soy and others.

Great Snack Replacements Videos I’ve Made:

  1. - Popcorn - https://theartofunity.com/make-healthy-popcorn/
  2. - Protein bars - https://theartofunity.com/diy-healthy-protein-bar-recipes/
  3. - Sweet potato & Beet chips - https://theartofunity.com/how-to-make-kale-chips-beet-chips-sweet-potato-chips/
  4. - Cake - https://theartofunity.com/healthy-protein-brownies/
  5. - Hemp pudding - https://theartofunity.com/how-to-make-hemp-milk/
  6. - Date balls (brownie replacement) https://theartofunity.com/energy-balls/
  7. - Healthy chocolate - https://theartofunity.com/how-to-make-a-healthy-chocolate/

 

www.draxe.com/sugar-addiction/

https://bodyecology.com/articles/luo_han_guo_healing_fruit.php

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/does-yacon-syrup-work