How Do I Deal With Sugar Cravings?

Sugar Craving

As I said in my previous blog, having a sugar addiction is like having a drug addiction, it is very hard to overcome. Having a good plan and being prepared is essential. Here are some tips I have found to be helpful.

  1. Have a breakfast of protein, fat and phytonutrients to start your day off right. The breakfast smoothies using the BE WELL RECHARGE or SUSTAIN shakes are ideal for this. The typical breakfast full of carbs and sugary or starchy foods is the worst thing you can do for sugar cravings as you’ll have them all day. Having a good breakfast is essential to prevent sugar cravings and these smoothie recipes are filling, nutritious and delicious.
  2. Eat regularly. Eat three meals and two snacks a day. For many people, if they don’t eat regularly, their blood sugar levels drop, they feel hungry and are more likely to crave sweet sugary snacks.
  3. Take L-Glutamine, 1000-3000mg every couple of hours as necessary. It often relieves sugar cravings as the brain uses it for fuel.
  4. Distract yourself, go for a walk, best would be to go for a walk in nature if possible, do some push ups. Cravings usually last for maximum 10-20 minutes and then pass. If you can manage to distract yourself with something else, it often passes. The more often you do this, the easier it gets and the cravings get easier to deal with.
  5. Have a piece of fruit. If you give in to your cravings, have a piece of fruit, it should satisfy a sweet craving and is much healthier.
  6. Drink lots of water. Sometimes drinking water or selzer water can help with the sugar cravings
  7. Keep sugary snacks out of your house and office if possible. Its difficult to snack on things that aren’t there!
  8. Be open to explore the emotional issues around your sugar addiction.
  9. Do a CLEANSEIn my over 20 years of trying to get people off sugar, I have had the most success when people do a Cleanse for at least 10-14 days. This gives your body enough time to get over the sugar cravings. Try it and see.
  • Jay

    I find it's easier to avoid sugar if I don't have it at all. This means skipping even very sweet fruits like ripe bananas, pineapple, mango, etc. The less my body has, the less it wants! I stick to less sweet fruit, like tart apples, berries, and grapefruit.

  • Arletta Sloan

    I’ve been looking for information on possible causes of having the opposite reaction to glutamine. I was NOT having sugar cravings UNTIL I started taking it. Well, not all day, every day, where I couldn’t be trusted around a plate of brownies that I knew belonged to someone else, anyway.

    I am thinking, based on how I am feeling (super craving, thinking of wantings all sorts of things I am allergic to, headachy, tired but unable to sleep, stuffy-nosed, constant feeling of being unclean even after a shower, etc.) that the glutamine is killing the bad bacteria in my gut and I am experiencing the die-off reaction. This is, more or less, the same way I felt when doing the yeast overgrowth diet, including developing cold/flu-like symptoms!

    I can find absolutely nothing about glutamine doing any such thing, though. Does anyone know?

  • ChamelyMily

    Opiophilia Replaced By Opiophobia the Pendulum Is Again In Motion

    There are certain phenomena in the medical field that are rather hard to understand. We were brought up knowing that opioids and like substances were bad and should be avoided at all costs and we did that but as we grew and each of us went his way in matters there are mysteries that we met. As everybody else chose careers I chose to be here practicing medicine and I tell here my perception of opiates and like substances were changed here we use them as drugs especially as pain management drugs. To many people this may sound irrational. How do you use a drug that has dangerous effects to treat an illness? Don’t worry we had the same questions and curiously we waited to have these mysteries unraveled. We use these drugs in doses that are only able to address the pain and for a time that may not cause any serious health problems. However as patients were put on these drugs the whole medical industry work up to the realization that the use of these drugs in most cases resulted in the patients being addicted to the drugs and hence demanded more and more of these drugs. These drugs are rewarding in nature and so patients that are put on these drugs will automatically tend to crave for them. That is when opiophilia became a disease to be fought from all corners to help patients on these drugs to evade addiction and dependence on these drugs.

    What is Opiophilia?

    Opiophilia is a love of opioids, the love for opioids may not begin as a choice but may begin gradually when a patient is prescribed opiates to help him in pain management. In the past the doctors had given a blind to the possibility of pain patients under opiate drugs to be addicted on these drugs as they believed that the dosage was not enough to make the develop dependence on these drugs. However as patients take these drugs they will become addicted as the drugs are rewarding in nature. This therefore means that before a doctor prescribes opiate to a chronic pain patient he should assess the patient and develop exit strategies that will help these patients avoid addiction.

    Fortunately, the medical industry has fought opiophilia and better strategies have been put in place to ensure that patients on these drugs are safe. Opiophilia seems an already won battle. Apart from proper pain management by use of these drugs other natural ways of pain management have been embraced to help patients where necessary. These natural pain cures include Prolozone therapy, PRP and prolotherapy. These natural pain cures are now used worldwide to help patients with chronic pain.

    The fight against opiophilia was won but that did not end all the problems associated with the use of opiates in managing pain in patients. Another disease came and replaced opiophilia and this is opiophobia.

    Opiophobia is a disorder or affliction, so named because people affected have a great aversion to the use of prescription opioids for the treatment of pain, to the point where they will actually refuse to take or administer it. This is rather new disease in field of drugs and addiction. This term is also used to refer to instances when doctors fear or are unwilling to prescribe opioid medication to patients.

    In most cases doctors who have had unwillingness to prescribe opioid medications are often counseled and so they go back to administer the drugs. Opiophobia should be addressed just as much as opiophilia since it is the opioid that goes deep in managing pain. This is because the only direct biologic pain-relief system in the human body is the endogenous opioidreceptor system, consisting of endorphins and their tissue based action sites, or receptors. Using opioid based drug in pain offers instant relief and so the opiates still remain to be the best pain relief medication. The public as well as the doctors may be subject to opiophobia owing to the negative information that are spreading concerning the use of opiates in dealing with pain. The major concern of these groups is that they know that when a patient has used the opiates for a short term or long-term pain then he becomes addicted and will show symptoms of withdrawal once he stops using the drugs. This may be true but this is also true with other medications doesn’t a diabetic patient become dependent on insulin? Needless to mention several strategies have been put in place to ensure safe exit from the use of these drugs. When you are dependent on any drug for medical purposes. That is not abuse.

    Because of opiophobia and opiophilia State regulators have been introducing legislation to severely curtail availability of opioid class of medication this unfortunately may be a disadvantage rather than an advantage as there are patients that are already dependent on these drugs needless to mention there is no alternative that has been put in place that can work effectively enough to replace opioid class of drugs in managing pain.

    Exit strategy from opioid therapy

    There is need for a safe exit strategy to help the patients evade any possible danger that may come from using the drug. However it is better for a doctor to formulate a safe exit strategy. He will be able to do so depending on such factors as; consistence of a patient’s behavior with drug addiction, patient’s willingness to cooperate with an outpatient-based opioid analgesic tapering plan, patient’s history with substances disorders. All these assessments will help the doctor to formulate a safer exit plan for the patient.

    Here at AWAREmed we are dedicated to finding the best solutions to chronic illnesses and that is why Dr. Dalal Akoury (MD) is always in the forefront advocating for integrative medicine since it is only through integrative medicine that a person can be healed wholly. Do not hesitate to call on her for help in managing any sort of chronic pain as well as other diseases.

    Opiophilia Replaced By Opiophobia the Pendulum Is Again In Motion

  • sorif hawlader

    Auriculotherapy and Treatment Interventions for Addiction

    Role of Auriculotherapy as a Treatment Intervention for Addiction

    Acupuncture has been used for a long time especially in the Chinese traditional medicine as treatment of many diseases. Acupuncture typically works on specific points of the body known as meridians. The essence of acupuncture
    is to increase flow of energy and achieve the yin/yang balance. When
    there is interference with the flow of energy an imbalance is created
    which results in pain. Therefore acupuncture is used to stop the
    blockage of energy in the acupuncture meridian channels. Auriculotherapy
    is one of the types of acupuncture that is used today to heal variety
    of diseases. It’s done on the left ear (auricle). It involves the
    stimulation of the auricle of the external ear for the diagnosis and
    treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body.

    It is also known as ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture when the
    stimulation is achieved by the insertion of acupuncture needles,
    whereas the term auriculotherapy often refers to electrical stimulation
    of the surface of ear reflex points. On the ear there are specific pints
    to be stimulated by manual pressure, referred to as auricular
    acupressure or ear reflexology. Acupuncture points on the ear can also
    be stimulated with lasers, magnets, and ear pellets. All this is aimed
    at restoring flow of energy in the rest of the body to heal pain open
    blockages of energy flow that may be caused by prolonged drug use.

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