More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese
Are you a victim of SUD? (Sugar Use Disorder)
5 Simple Steps to Kick Your Sugar Cravings
An interview with health and wellness expert Dr. Julie Gatza
Are you one of the millions of people who have tried to cut down on sugar and sugary foods but found it impossible because of intense cravings?
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes between 150 to 170 pounds of refined sugars every year. And even though we may know that excessive sugar consumption is linked to a long list of health problems — from obesity and cardiovascular disease to joint inflammation and ADHD – most of us don’t seem to be able to stop eating sugar no matter how hard we try.
But don’t give up hope! Health educator Dr. Julie Gatza from Nature’s Sources is here with a simple 5-step strategy to help us beat our sugar cravings once and for all.
“Fortunately, once we understand the cause of our cravings, it’s not at all difficult to gradually wean ourselves off sugar, and at the same time drop down to our ideal body weight while we improve overall health and longevity,” says Dr. Gatza.
Here are Dr. Gatza’s 5 Tips for Kicking your Sugar Cravings:
- Curb sugar-hungry Candida with yeast-fighting herbs: Candida albicans is a type of yeast that is naturally present in everyone’s digestive tract, and because it is a yeast, it needs sugar in order to grow. Intense craving for sugar is a warning sign that Candida levels in your digestive tract have become excessive and need to be brought under control. Dr. Gatza says one of the most effective and efficient ways to curb yeast growth is a natural anti-yeast/anti-fungal herbal extract from New Zealand’s horopito plant — available to U.S. consumers as Kolorex. The extract attacks and kills yeast colonies and allows beneficial intestinal bacteria to flourish — drastically reducing cravings for sugar and refined carbs.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals: If you can manage to regulate your blood sugar levels throughout the day, you will take a big step towards beating your sugar addiction. That’s because every spike in blood sugar is followed by a crash. Eating huge meals is one thing that can certainly spike your blood sugar, and it is equally certain to result in sugar cravings shortly afterward. By sticking to small portions you can prevent those cravings from happening. It’s better to eat 5 small meals each day than 3 large ones. Use stevia where sugar is called for.
- Toss out sugar and sugary foods: Empty the cookie jar; throw out bags of white sugar, fruit juices, and snacks containing high-fructose corn syrup. Out of sight, out of mind is a simple but effective strategy.
- Carry an emergency snack bag: Sugar cravings can come on really strong, so it’s important to have snacks close at hand that won’t make your Candida worse. Chopped up vegetables and raw nuts are really handy snacks to have ready in your fridge or make some sugar-free muffins using stevia or xylitol to take with you when you leave the house.
- Don’t rush things: Quitting cold turkey is rarely a good idea. You can make your journey to a sugar-free life much more comfortable by gradually reducing your sugar consumption. You can start by cutting in half the amount of sugar that you eat. Try it for a week and then reduce the amounts again. After 2-3 weeks, you should find that you have almost eliminated sugar from your diet.
Additional benefits of a sugar-restricted diet
Quitting sugar has many positive health effects. Prohibiting yeast overgrowth in the bowel by eliminating sugar and using Kolorex candida care herbal supplements will also help heal Candida infections elsewhere in your body, including on the skin, the feet (ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections), vaginal yeast infections (thrush), diaper rash in infants, or oral thrush). Treating yeast overgrowth in the bowel also resolves “leaky gut syndrome” and a host of physical and mental symptoms that become triggered when Candida organisms puncture the walls of the lower GI tract and enter the bloodstream.
ABOUT DR JULIE GATZA, DC
Health educator Dr. Julie Gatza is one of the nation’s top chiropractic physicians with more than 20 years of clinical practice. A highly popular speaker, she has designed and presented hundreds of wellness workshops for both patients and practitioners where she’s addressed a wide range of health issues with a focus on the role that digestion plays in maintaining a healthy immune system. She can currently be heard on radio programs around the country in her capacity as National Spokesperson for Nature’s Sources, LLC, manufacturers of plant-based AbsorbAid digestive enzymes, and distributors of Kolorex candida care herbal supplements.