how to stop sugar craving?

I'm attracted to foods that are loaded with sugar! Especially, canned, processed foods that I know are bad for me and I still eat them!

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6 Strategies for Stopping Sugar Cravings:
• Eat regularly. Avoid skipping meals or starving yourself. Include planned,
healthy snacks into your eating plan. Sugar cravings get more intense
when you’re over-hungry.
• Eat more complex carbohydrates, especially high fiber, whole grain
products. Minimize simple sugars and refined products. Cakes, cookies,
sweets, white rice, white bread, and white pasta may cause an “insulin
reaction” which makes you feel sluggish and crave more sugar.
• Include a good source of protein and/or healthy fat with each meal.
Protein and fat are digested more slowly and give satiety to meals.
• Cut back on caffeine. Caffeine wreaks havok with blood sugar levels,
increasing the chance of overeating later.
• Focus on flavor to satisfy your senses without overeating.
? Try one of these fabulous flavor boosters: roasted red or yellow
peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh ginger, balsamic or rice wine
vinegar, lemon or orange zest, fresh herbs, crushed red pepper
flakes or tabasco sauce, fresh mint or cilantro, salsa.
? Know which flavors turn you on. Think about the tastes, smells, and
textures of food that are most appealing to you. Then, incorporate
a low fat alternative into your everyday eating plan.
? Stop periodically during a meal and ask yourself if you are truly
enjoying the food you are eating? Is the food worthy of your taste
? Create a flavor-savoring mood at mealtimes. Set the table in style.
Arrange the plate attractively. Light candles.
• Break old patterns. Practice stress reduction techniques to avoid turning
to sugary foods for comfort.
• Legalize all foods. When sweets are strictly forbidden, you end up
craving them more and often bingeing on them later. Enjoy a small
dessert when you truly crave it. Eat it slowly and savor it without guilt!

Created by Sheri Barke, MPH, RD
UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, 2002

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Help for Sugar Cravings

Many people have asked me what foods they should eat in order to cut down on the sugar cravings. And in the past I've always had to say "I don't know."

Now, maybe I can actually offer something more hopeful.

Kicking a sugar habit is no easy chore, especially since we're surrounded by the stuff. Almost every packaged food or convenience product is made from sugar, (or white flour, which is about the same thing). We struggle to overcome the initial reluctance to change, then we live through the two weeks of mild withdrawal symptoms, and then we have to worry about relapse when we let down our guard on a stressful day.

Sometimes it just doesn't seem fair.

Dr. Ron Rosedale may have the answer for us. He says that our sugar cravings are associated with a leptin insensitivity. Leptin is that hormone that researchers were very excited about a few years ago. They discovered that giving a small dose of this natural hormone to laboratory mice caused them to eat less, and they lost weight.

Researchers hoped that they could use leptin as the magic pill that would help obese patients get thin again, like those mice. But when they started looking at humans, they found that overweight people often have more leptin than thin people - and obese people almost always have too much.

Eating too much highly concentrated carbohydrates over a long period of time can cause an insulin insensitivity that can lead to diabetes and other health conditions. According to Dr. Rosedale, it can also lead to leptin insensitivity, so the message that leptin is sending out ("stop eating") is not being heard by the overweight dieter. In fact, when we have a liptin insensitivity, we tend to crave even more sugar, even though our bodies are desperately trying to get rid of, (or store as fat), the excess sugar we've just eaten a few minutes ago. And we go on craving sugar, even years after we've given it up - like the cravings that many ex-smokers get when they're around people smoking. Like most vegetable oils, flaxseed oil contains linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid needed for survival. But unlike most oils, it also contains significant amounts of another essential fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA).

Omega-3 fatty acids are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (18-22 carbon atoms in chain length) with the first of many double bonds beginning with the third carbon atom (when counting from the methyl end of the fatty acid molecule). Read on for more details on flax seed benefits.

There are also many ways of consuming the seeds. You can simply just chew them. You can grind the seeds to make a power. The primary sources of omega-6 are corn, soy, canola, safflower and sunflower oil; these oils are overabundant in the typical diet, which explains our excess omega-6 levels.

Why is Flaxseed called the miracle food? Find out at One of the EFAs in flaxseed oil--alpha-linolenic acid--is known as an omega-3 fatty acid.

To combat leptin insensitivity, Dr. Rosedale created a diet that is a lot like a cross between the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawa diet. Both those diets have been proven to help people avoid the big killers - cancer and heart disease - and they help people live longer, more productive lives. Dr. Rosedale believes that these diets keep the leptin levels low, and this keeps people on these diets from aging as quickly.

He claims that just a few weeks on his diet (which is really quite easy to follow) will put your leptin levels back where they belong, making it easy to lose weight, and putting an end to the sugar cravings. It sounds like a perfect solution - go on the Rosedale diet when you've made the commitment to give up sugar - your commitment makes it easier to stay on the diet for two weeks, and the diet makes it easier to give up sugar - for good.

The Rosedale diet includes lots of fish, for the Omega 3 fat, and is much higher in fat than most of us are used to. I've never been that excited about fish, but I'm tired of having to fight sugar cravings, even three years after going cold turkey. This is the first diet I've seen that is specifically designed to change our body's reaction to sugar and other refined carbs, reducing the cravings, and helping us keep the weight off without the constant struggle. From now on, I'm going to recommend The Rosedale Diet to my readers.

Heart disease is by far the #1 killer in the U. S., although 1/3 of those deaths could be prevented if people exercised more and followed better diets, the American Heart Association said in an annual report. Among the women given flaxseed, blood levels of total cholesterol dropped 6%! Find out more! In this Omega-3 benefits and facts section you will learn the basics about omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA) from fish oils and their function in our bodies.

Flax seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the flax plant. Flax seed oil and flax seed contain substances that promote good health.

But saturated and trans fatty acids are more responsible to the statement above; while other polyunsaturated fats such as omega 3 fatty acids seem to offer a protective effect. Benefits of flax seed oil as shown in many studies include lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) levels.

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