What is more addictive than cocaine yet remains totally legal? It’s sugar. Believe me, I didn’t make this cocaine thing up just to get your attention – according to a study published in the Public Library of Science, sugar is really more addictive than coke. The experiment that led to such surprising conclusion was carried out on rats. First, the scientists got them addicted to cocaine and then the rats were given a choice – they could keep on taking cocaine or switch to sugar. What happened next? A whooping 94% of these animals chose sugar. I guess that really explains a lot. So if you eat sugar, chances are you are probably hooked on it just as hard as these rats. Creepy, right?
Probably you even know that you’re hopelessly addicted to these tempting sweet crystals but don’t know how to break this harmful lifestyle. The good news is that I’m here to help you – some long time ago sugar was my religion. Milk chocolate, cakes, you name it – I was craving and eating them like crazy. Now I’m sugar-free and I honestly can say that I don’t miss it at all. You can also follow my footsteps and forget about sugar – the root cause of endless health issues!
Keep Your Serotonin Levels in Check
Many people crave sugar when they feel unhappy. If your lifestyle is stressful and intense you may find yourself using sugar for a quick pick-me-up which will make you feel on top of the world but unfortunately, after a few hours you’ll be back to feeling sluggish again. The key to ditching sugar is to change your lifestyle and derive happiness from sources other than sugary foods. Serotonin is often called the happiness hormone – you can raise its levels by diet, exercise and getting enough of zzz’s. I’d also advise you to focus on your passions and do more if what you love.
Add Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has so many amazing health benefits that it’s even hard to believe that they’re true. Besides its teeth-whitening properties and many more, it also can help you fight your sugar addiction. You can count on the coconut oil for an energy boost as it’s made up of medium-chain fatty acids, or medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which give you a sugar-like hit by going straight to your liver to be metabolized to use as energy. The main difference is that coconut oil will give you that energy boost that you need but will not raise your blood sugar levels. Aim for eating 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day. And did I say that eating it promotes losing belly fat?
Don’t Give up and Stay Strong
The main challenge in getting rid of sugar addiction is limiting processed foods and sweets. You should choose fresh and dried fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth. At the beginning your body may go through withdrawal phase – you can experience some headaches and overall fatigue. Don’t worry though and keep on going – it only gets easier from there. Add fermented foods and pink salt to your diet – both have amazing powers to suppress sugar cravings. Focus on the goal, appreciate the benefits that giving up sugar gives you and before you know it you will never crave sugar again!