Sugar is addictive. It is also destructive for your short and long term health.
Dr. Kyle Chavers, M.D. works closely with his patients every day to help them quit sugar altogether or cut back significantly. But we know it is a bad habit to break. We have received so many questions and queries from new patients asking if we can help them curb their sugar addictions.
Want to cut out sugar? Why is sugar so bad for you?
Sugar perpetuates overall inflammation, dumps fat on your liver, makes your cells resistant to the effects of insulin, gives you metabolic syndrome, abdominal obesity, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. It also messes with your fertility. There’s more, medical research in the last decade has provided compelling evidence for the involvement of insulin resistance in cancer. While Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is now viewed as a type of diet-induced diabetes.
Want to break your sugar addiction? Here’s how to get started:
1.) Eat more fat.
This is the number one secret, and one that many people are still resistant to believe. We have said it before, and we’ll say it again- Fat will not make you fat, sugar and refined will. Good ways to sneak fat back in- drizzle butter, ghee, coconut butter, nut or olive oil over your meals; add avocado, nuts, cheese (if you tolerate dairy), eggs and oily fish to salads.
2.) Eat protein for breakfast.
Having protein, fat and fiber at every meal is the easiest way to balance your blood sugar and keep yourself full and focused. For breakfast, our ultimate hack is a smoothie blended with frozen blueberries, greens and you can add a spoon of nut butter. It’s highly energizing, anti-inflammatory and it’s our secret weapon that could now be yours.
3.) Get your gut checked.
Pathogenic bacteria, parasites, and yeast, such as Candida, could be making you crave and eat sugary foods, because it’s their favorite ever cuisine. At Foundations Medical Center, we test for and eliminate these parasites before they get the chance to worsen conditions like autoimmune arthritis, acne, thyroid imbalance and eczema.
4.) Eat more fermented food.
Increase sour, probiotic foods like sauerkraut and kimchi that curb your cravings for sweetness. Bonus:- Your gut will thank you by fighting off the above mentioned perpetrators (#3)
5.) Feel your feelings.
Forcing yourself to stop craving something never actually works. cravings, compulsions, and addictions are distractions from deeper feelings that make as uncomfortable, so when they bubble up we push them back down with an obsessive habit, like eating a brownie, It is a fun TEMPORARILY solution, but it is not sustainable and it is also not healthy. You can not out run your feelings, they will catch you eventually so you might as well stop, turn and face them now. We’re here to help you. Contact Foundations Medical Center and let’s figure it out together.