Sugar addiction

Do you have sweet cravings? Does sugar calm your anxiety and stress? Sugar causes addiction, like other drugs, and this is due to the release of sugar opioids and dopamine (pleasure, reinforcement).

Have you tried dieting or eliminating sugar intake? How has your body reacted? After restricting the consumption of certain foods, have you controlled the quantity once you allowed yourself to consume them, or have you felt more eager to eat them after restriction?

Sugar consumption has a negative impact on health. Excessive consumption has been linked to the growth of carcinogenic cells, hypertension, insulin resistance, demineralization, overweight, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. In children, it can affect their behavior, causing fatigue, lack of memory, nervousness, and lack of concentration.

So, if the elimination of sugar can lead to binge eating, how can you reduce consumption without suffering these episodes?

With patience, taking small steps, incorporating changes into your routine, and allowing yourself to enjoy with awareness. You can start by not buying cookies, pastries, sugary cereals, chocolates, and not having these foods in your pantry. When you go shopping, read the labels and look at the amount of sugar in the food you buy.

Sweeten with fruits, cinnamon, dates, stevia, and xylitol, but mind the amount of them too. To completely eliminate all sweets, start by replacing them with healthier alternatives and homemade bakes to avoid withdrawal symptoms and binge eating.

If you fancy something sweet, do not deprive yourself; allow it but with awareness. The relationship you create with food is important. Allow yourself to enjoy that sweet, but in moderation. Before eating it, decide how much you are going to eat. For example, if you used to eat four cookies, now allow yourself two, eat them sitting down, and with full attention. Then, reinforce yourself for the step you have taken and observe how you feel.

Keep in mind that it is not the end of the world to continue consuming sugar from time to time. Do not punish yourself or feel bad about it; balance is the key.

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