Sugar cravings are a real issue for many of us and strike at familiar times each day…esp. the late afternoon! Their are many reasons why we experience energy dips yet we’re not getting into that here. Instead I’m going to mention a healthy and doable way to get a handle on sugar cravings ?
Firstly, sugar cravings of any kind can be a sign that there’s more bad flora (pathogens) than good flora (probiotics) that live in your gut.
Eat cultured food…
Introducing unsalted cultured food (i.e. cultured vegetables, young coconut kefir)!! These awesome probiotic foods can help you to lower sugar cravings because they contain live probiotics.
These friendly flora quickly get to work in your gut to balance the flora living in there and maintain the proper pH of your inner ecosystem; a.k.a. internal workings of gut.
Sound strange? It’s not really. If pathogens are a source of our sweet cravings and you eat a food like milk kefir or coconut kefir then the probiotics that are in these foods will populate your gut. Once in there they quickly go about setting up houses and colonies comparable to the size of NYC! They create an environment in which the pathogenic bacteria and yeast will have a hard time surviving in.
This is what is called ‘die-off‘…moments in time when a large amount of bad flora is eliminate a bunch of bad flora at one time from one or more elimination channels (anus, mouth, eyes, skin). Once you move through some of these die-offs you may find that your need for sweet becomes less and less over time.
Call me crazy, but I see this all the time. It definitely takes time and effort but is totally possible. I highly recommend The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) if you want to dive in and try this.
Put the sour back in…
Our bodies have an innate need for sour food which is one of the 5 tastes (savory, salty, sweet, sour, bitter). This unique flavor plays a key role in keeping cravings in check and helps our body relax and feel nourished, especially the liver. Unfortunately, many of us no longer include sour foods in our diet.
Cultured foods are naturally sour. Try a shot of cultured veggie juice, milk kefir, or young coconut kefir when you’re hit with cravings and see how you feel over time! Once your body acquires a taste for these “zingy” foods, you may wonder how you went so long without them.
Eat something cultured every day…
These days I think of cultured food as less of a condiment and more of a staple for health. They’ve played a big role in clearing up my digestive issues over the years. Cheers to squelching cravings the natural ‘guilt-free’ way ?
These foods are alive and so am I!! Thank you Tara. B.U., Bethel, VT
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