Updated: Dec 8, 2020
You’ve heard it time and time again: lower carbohydrate diet plans and avoiding sugar will help you lose weight and feel great. Yes, it’s true.
You know this, however, how do you go low carb and avoid sugar without excessive hunger and feeling like you are depriving yourself?!
It’s easier than you think.
Sugar can cause depression, anxiety, mood swings, attention issues, acne, a higher possibility for gallstones and kidney stones, and osteoporosis. It decreases immune function, increases bacterial/yeast overgrowth in the gut, and intensifies Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). The negative impacts of a high sugar and carbohydrate diet are endless.
Pay attention to your protein and healthy fat intake.
Healthy proteins and fats should be a staple at each meal. These macronutrients keep you fuller longer and keep any sugar or carb cravings away. Ideally, you should have 3 meals a day consisting of a healthy protein, healthy fat, and a veggie. If you are hungry or having cravings in between meals – you didn’t eat enough, and it’s usually protein or fat.
Healthy Fats: Avocado, fish (salmon), raw nuts, ground flax seed, chia seeds, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, butter, ghee, avocado oil, olives.
Healthy Proteins: Eggs, poultry, seafood, beef, lamb, venison, raw nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, dairy products.
Getting enough healthy protein and fat will help stave off cravings.
Understand what your sweet and carb cravings actually mean.
Cravings are fabulous. They’re your body’s way of telling you that you need a specific nutrient. When you know what your body TRULY needs and fuel it well, kicking sugar to the curb will be much easier.
Here is a quick list of sweet and carbohydrate cravings and what your body ACTUALLY needs:
Actual Need: Magnesium - Raw nuts and seeds (pumpkin!), legumes, fruits.
Chromium - broccoli, grapes, cheese, chicken
Carbon - fresh fruits
Phosphorus - poultry, beef, liver, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts
Sulfur - cranberries, horseradish, kale, cabbage
Tryptophan - cheese, liver, lamb, sweet potato, spinach
Craving: Bread or Toast, Pasta
Actual Need: Nitrogen - high protein foods like fish, meat, poultry, legumes, nuts
Feed your body what it’s REALLY craving.
It can be difficult in today’s society when we’re surrounded by sugary/high carbohydrate foods everywhere we turn, but by focusing on healthy fats, healthy proteins, and lots of veggies, as well as paying attention to your cravings, you will finally get off the sugar train for good. Your body and mind will feel so much happier and you will see positive results almost immediately.