Like most people with diabetes I have to manage my sugar cravings and that is how I came up with this 3 Steps Plan to Stop Sugar Craving to share with you my plan to support my Sugar Addiction. Like most people I grew up with weakness for sweet treats – my parents run a candy factory in France so it obviously does not help.
I thought that my taste buds were ruined and addicted to sugar and that there is no way to stop my sugar taste craving. But after reading many scientific and nutrition articles – well I was a scientist so I like to read high quality health information and sharing them with you – I learnt that the average life of our taste buds is about 2 weeks.
Which means that each 2 weeks you have got like a new mouth full of new tastebud ready to discover new taste. Meaning that if you did not feed them with sugar for 2 weeks they do not know how sugar taste like and they are not pushing your brain to have some. Check my Top 10 Sugar-Free Stevia Dessert Recipe to learn how to bake with Stevia Powder
Of course we have learnt what food we like and even if our taste bud are fully detoxified after 2 weeks our brain still remember the taste of a Nutella, Kit Kat, cookies etc. That is because we spent our life developing bad food habits and we perceive as ‘normal’ to eat this junk food. The best way to confirm that fact is to watch kids eating. When I am watching my 14 months-old baby girl I realised that food do not taste the same to her. She is licking raw lemon with a big smile or eat any garlicky dishes like my home made hummus. But she is not asking for sugar because she do not know yet how it taste like. She is satisfied by explosion of flavour all other raw and natural food food provide her.
Another interesting thing about eating sugary food and sugary drinks is that they increase the release by your brain of Dopamine – an hormone which makes us feel good. It explain why we could have headache, irritability or poor concentration when we stop sugar.
The good thing is that you can increase the dopamine level in your body by eating non sugary ingredient. If you want to know what are the Top 10 Superfood to support a sugar detox read my article here.
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The positive outcome after my first 2 weeks without sugar is:
The negative outcome after my first 2 weeks without sugar are: