Happy Independence Day to all of you in the United States!
As we celebrate our nation’s independence, let’s also break free from our addictions to foods and drinks that fuel inflammation, disease, and obesity.
But to do this, there’s a RIGHT way, and a WRONG way, and knowing this info will absolutely determine the level of your success!
The top offender is sugar, which research reveals to be 8 times more addictive than cocaine!
That’s why Americans eat DOUBLE or even TRIPLE the daily recommended limit of sugar, day after day, month after month, year after year.
Clearly, this is a HUGE problem that we need to fight at the source.
When you crave sugar, and you see it everywhere you go – both in tempting treats and hidden in everyday foods you don’t even think of as sweet like salad dressings and store-bought bread – it’s really hard to overcome an addiction.
Think of it this way, if a person in recovery from a drug addiction were surrounded by drugs all day, every day… his or her chances of staying clean would be slim to none.
The same goes for our addiction to sugar or any foods we know we shouldn’t eat.
So the best way to fight this problem is to overcome your cravings, and learn how to beat this with my most effective sugar biohacks.
That way, when you see tempting foods, you no longer want them or feel like you’re missing out by depriving yourself of them. Deprivation never works.
Ending your cravings for sugar or any other food is the more sustainable way to make healthy choices that fight disease, rather than fuel it.
Here’s the plain and simple reason why…
The more you feed your body junk, the more your body will crave junk.
The more junk you eat, the more INFLAMED your body becomes. Pretty soon, you start gaining weight, feeling sluggish, and then before long, health problems start to crop up because of all of the acid you’re consuming.
On the other hand, the more alkaline you eat, the more your body will want nourishing, alkaline foods. It’s a vicious circle one way, or a healthy circle the other way, and you get to choose which way you are going to go!
The faster you can fight your food cravings, the better for your health both today and long term.
Here are my top strategies to fight food cravings.
Eat less sugar.
I know, I know… This is what you’re craving, so it seems daunting to eat less of it.
But the #1 best thing I can tell you to do to stop food cravings – for sugar and any other foods – is to cut down or remove sugar from your diet as much as possible.
That might sound extreme, but the science behind it is rock solid, and once you know this… you’ll think differently about the sugar you eat.
When you dump sugar and these crappy carbs into your bloodstream (like pasta, bread, white potatoes, or processed snacks that contain gluten), your insulin level spikes. And what does that make your body do? Feel hungry and crave more sugar. It’s a viscous cycle that overrides and hijacks your hunger hormones, and your brain, so you are ALWAYS hungry and NEVER full!
If you’ve ever eaten pizza and then had a craving for ice cream, you know what I’m talking about. Your insulin levels are just begging for more sugar. Over time, this sets you up for insulin resistance, and can have the ability to lead to degenerative diseases like diabetes.
The cure is to cut sugar and grains as well, as they are a hidden source of sugars that also spike your insulin levels. Replace those foods with healthy fats, proteins, and veggies that don’t cause this chain reaction. In fact, they help calm your cravings.
But being a former sugar addict turned health machine, I know how hard that can be. Most of the time, deprivation and willpower are not enough to overpower cravings, and there is a reason – because the TRUE CAUSE of your sugar craving was not addressed, and that is mineral deficiency, especially magnesium.
So instead of REMOVING sugar, let’s start to ADD what your body is TRULY craving, minerals such as magnesium!
Get more magnesium.
A pesky sweet tooth is a strong symptom you’re deficient in magnesium, one of the most universally deficient minerals in humans. We’re consuming less magnesium through vegetables now than ever before because the mineral is less present in the soil our foods are grown in.
Magnesium is the key mineral to stopping cravings for a lot of foods.
Do you crave chocolate? What is one of the most prominent ingredient in chocolate? MAGNESIUM! So are you craving chocolate (as good as it is – coming from a former chocolate addict), or is your body craving the magnesium in the chocolate?!
Magnesium allows your body to better respond to fructose (the worst of all sugars) and helps reduce the risk of diabetes. So eat plenty of foods rich in magnesium including:
- Dark, leafy greens
- Raw almonds, Brazil nuts, and cashews
- Beans and lentils
- Raw cacao
I also recommend you supplement with magnesium glycinate, the most bio-available form of magnesium, which is the most efficient form when you are deficient. But don’t make the mistake most people make when it comes to adding magnesium into your life.
- Never take magnesium by itself, as it can cause your other minerals (especially calcium and potassium and sodium) to become depleted. Look for a supplement that contains all 4 crucial alkaline minerals, and make sure that the calcium and magnesium is in a 1:1 relationship.
- Avoid tablets at all cost. Tablets in any form mean one thing – expensive urine! The research shows that when you consume a tablet, assuming your digestion is working at 100% (and none of ours are), the MOST you will absorb is 10-30%. Yikes!
Instead, opt for a powdered mineral supplement like Alkamind Daily Minerals that will boost your absorption and assimilation to 98% and greater.
Once you have plenty of magnesium in your system and you’ve cut back on the sugar you’re eating, you should see a huge difference in your cravings.
Eat regular, nutritious meals.
Ever get one of those late-night cravings for Doritos or M&M’s? Or how about the 3:00 PM slump where you crave a latte or cookie?
The best thing you can do to prevent cravings in between meals is to eat plenty of nutrient-dense foods that will keep you full at meal times.
Plan your meal times to keep your blood sugar regulated and prevent the crashes that lead to cravings. That includes veggies for lasting energy and most importantly, clean keto fats to prevent hunger from striking.
You also want to stay fully hydrated because dehydration can mask itself as a food craving, especially for sugary foods. When you’re dehydrated, your liver stops releasing glycogen, a necessary hormone for energy. And as that drops, it sends a signal to the brain to crave both water and sugar.
And don’t forget, if you don’t have a food you crave in your kitchen, you’re much less likely to leave the house, go pick it up, bring it back, and then binge. If you have it around your house, when the craving strikes, you’re going to eat it. It’s too hard to resist. So clean out your pantry and fridge and remove those temptations!
So here is how it looks – aim for 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and try to avoid the snacking in between, as snacks dump insulin into the blood. However, I don’t want you to starve or go to unhealthy snacks as you transition to this lifestyle, so I got you covered with healthier snacks below.
But if you eat a satiating meal with 80% dark green leafy vegetables, and healthy fats, moderate protein (10-15%), and low carbs (5-10%), you won’t want to OR need to go for the snacks in-between.
In regards to protein, do not eat more than 15% of your daily caloric intake with animal proteins, as it will turn to SUGAR in the body. So again, MODERATION, not deprivation!
Eat these craving-busting snacks.
If you do need a snack in between meals, make sure it’s alkaline, loaded with healthy fats. This will suppress hunger, reduce your cravings, and lower insulin levels which will reset your hunger hormones.
Go for snacks with coconut oil or nut butters that are high in healthy fats without the sugar.
Here are my 10 favorite snacks to satisfy your cravings without sacrificing your health:
- Alkaline Sesame Sweet Treats
- Frozen Chocolate Tropical Monkey
- Avocado French Fries
- Clean Keto Coconut Oil Fat Bombs
- Sweet Potato Chips
- Salty Sesame Soy Chickpeas
- Sweet Potato Dream Shake
- Chopped Berries with Mint and Coconut Butter
- Alkaline Strawberry "Ice Cream"
- Dessert “Sushi”
An addition, you want to have something available EVERY day that will help get over your sugar cravings – and GREEN JUICE POWDERS is that answer. When I was addicted to sugar, I did TWO things to crush those cravings, in 3 weeks I may add. I added 2 green juices, and bounced on a rebounder for 12 minutes.
But it’s not realistic, both with time and money, to make a green juice, or go to a juice bar (where they cost $8-10/green juice). Get a canister of our Alkamind Daily Greens, and for just over $1/day, you will get the MOST powerful green juice ever!
One scoop of Alkamind Daily Greens will deliver a boatload of energy and nutrients to kick that craving and help you power through the rest of your day.
By taking your Alkamind Daily Greens every day, you’re getting a dose of the most powerful, alkaline food on the planet!
GET OFF YOUR ACID!