I feel like I’m currently in a sugar coma, my stomach is bloated, my head feels foggy, and I’m uber lethargic. So, I’ve decided to wean myself off the sweet stuff and get back to eating a balanced healthy diet (something that I haven’t been doing since Cream Eggs made their way back on shelves). If it wasn’t bad enough that I feel terrible, my skin has seen better days too. Sugar breaks down collagen (the stuff responsible for plump, taught and firm skin), it also weakens the immune system which means the body can’t fight off bacteria as efficiently – hello acne; and it increases testosterone production that promotes oilier complexions, larger pores, and stimulates facial hair growth (OK I’m never eating sugar again!).
Since sugar is basically like crack, as it also activates the mesolimbic dopamine system and results in the same feelings of ‘reward’, thanks to the release of dopamine into the brain – it’s no surprise that it’s addictive and hard to give up. But don’t be disheartened it can be done, Nosh Detox CEO and founder, Geeta Sidhu-Robb shares her tips here…
1. Stay away from artificial and alternative sweeteners. They do little to reduce your desire for sweets and some can be just as bad as sugar, if not worse.
2. Take supplements. Nutrient deficiencies make cravings worse, so, the fewer nutrient deficiencies, the fewer cravings. Start taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement. Be sure to include omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D3 and blood sugar stabilisers like magnesium, chromium, and vitamin B3.
3. Eat food in its most natural state. There is less likelihood that your food has been processed with added sugars if you purchase fewer pre-made packaged items.
I’m going to do this by planning ahead and ensuring my weekly shop is made up of foods that you can be easily taken to work for lunch and/or ingredients for meals that I can cook for dinner and eat the left-over portion for lunch the next day.
4. Eat more often. When you are satiated you are less likely to crave sugar. Try to incorporate healthy protein and good fats like nuts and seeds (these are low in saturated fats) into every meal – it keeps you full for longer and keeps your blood glucose levels balanced.
5. Sleep and rest more. When we are tired we instinctively turn to sugar (these aren’t just found in sweets, chocolate, and cake but in simple carbs like white rice, bread and pasta) to give us fake energy.