Sugar is addictive. It’s also destructive for your short and longterm health.
Our doctors and health coaches work with patients every day to help them quit sugar altogether or cut back significantly. But we know it isn’t easy. How many of your friends are doing a “sugar-free January” in celebration of the new year? We’ve never gotten so many questions and queries from new patients asking if we can help them curb their sugar addictions.
Want to cut out sugar?
Why is sugar so bad for you?
It perpetuates overall inflammation, dumps fat on your liver (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease); makes your cells resistant to the effects of insulin (insulin resistant); and then gives you metabolic syndrome, abdominal obesity, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. It also messes with your fertility. Hmmmm, ice-cream, so worth it! There’s more: Medical research in the last decade has provided compelling evidence for the involvement of insulin resistance in cancer. While Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is now viewed as a type of diet-induced diabetes (dubbed by doctors as Type 3 diabetes, or “Diabetes of the Brain”).
Want to break your sugar addiction? Here’s how to get started:
1. Eat more fat.
This is the number one secret, and one that many people are still resistant to believe. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Fat won’t make you fat, sugar and refined carbs will. Good ways to sneak fat back in: drizzle butter, ghee, coconut butter, nut or olive oil over your meals; add avocado, nuts, cheese (if you tolerate dairy), eggs and oily fish to salads.
2. Eat protein for breakfast.
Having protein, fat and fiber at every meal is the easiest way to balance your blood sugar and keep yourself full and focused. For breakfast, our ultimate hack is a smoothie – this all in one, clinically-tested Rebuild shake, blended with frozen blueberries, greens and a spoon of nut butter. It’s highly energizing, anti-inflammatory and it’s our secret weapon that could now be yours. Try it.
3. Get your gut checked.
Pathogenic bacteria, parasites, and yeast, such as Candida, could be making you crave and eat sugary foods, because it’s their favorite ever cuisine. At Parsley health we test for and eliminate these guys before they get the chance to worsen conditions like autoimmune arthritis, acne, thyroid imbalance and eczema.
4. Eat more fermented food.
Increase sour, probiotic foods like sauerkraut and kimchi that curb your cravings for sweetness. Bonus: Your gut will thank you by fighting off the above mentioned perpetrators (see point 3).
5. Feel your feelings.
Forcing yourself to stop craving something never actually works. Our cravings, compulsions, and addictions are distractions from deeper feelings that make as uncomfortable, so when they bubble up we push them back down with an obsessive habit, like chewing chocolate. It’s a fun temp solution, but it’s not sustainable and it’s also not healthy. You can’t outrun your feelings, they’ll catch you eventually so you might as well stop, turn and face them now. We’re here to help you. Call us! Let’s figure it out together.