Are we are addicted to sugar? It is an interesting question – can we even be addicted to sugar in the same way that one can be addicted to drugs and alcohol? Patrick Holford says that in his view, we can, and many of us are.
If you can’t go a day without sugar in your tea and get headaches, feel tired and crave sugar if you try to cut it out – those are withdrawal symptoms and it means that you ARE addicted. So, if the food industry isn’t helping us take sugar out of our diets what can we do to help ourselves?
Follow Patrick Holford’s low GL diet strictly. This really helps to even out your blood sugar, which means no dips, and less cravings.
Find alternatives and wean yourself off the level of sweetness of a food. So if you are used to 1 teaspoon of sugar in your tea, have a half teaspoon. If you drink juice neat, try with half water instead. Try switching to sugars that taste sweet, but don’t affect blood sugar that much such as xylitol.
If you are used to eating sweets find something with less sugar. Look for bars that don’t use dates, raisins or sugar in their top three ingredients. Raspberry nut bars or dark chocolate with peanuts are a good for GL. Even better would be to snack on berries, cherries or plums or have a slice of low GL bread or toast, with a nut butter and a tiny spread of sugar-free jam.
Drink lots of water. Whenever you find yourself dreaming of something sweet first have a glass of water, then have a low-GL snack if you still need something – but the water will help curb the craving.
When you crave something sweet what are you really craving or missing? You may find you need to sleep, or are upset about something, or even need a cuddle. If you are upset about something, go for a walk outside first then have a real meal. You may find your craving subsides.
Supplement with chromium and cinnamon. Chromium makes the insulin-receptor work better. Cinnamon also helps stabilize blood sugar, which reduces craving. Patrick Holford has formulated a superb supplement called Cinnachrome which helps to maintain energy and mental vitality by ensuring that you het optimum levels of cinnamon extract, Vitamin B3 and Chromium. Try it, especially when you try to cut down on your sugar intake – it will help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce cravings.