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WE ALL HAVE some kind of relationship to
sugar. As humans we all love sweet tastes.
The sweet flavour releases serotonin (the
chemical responsible for our sense of well-
being and satisfaction) in our brains. Before
we started refining sugar, we sought out
sweet tastes in vegetables, beans, fruits
Today, sugar is found in most foods,
whether they are canned, baked, liquefied,
artificial or processed. It's hidden in our daily
diets without us even knowing it. How
many of us eat ketchup as a condiment?
Drink juice? Eat breads? Sugar is every-
where and now more than ever before our
cravings have gotten out of control.
When we are experiencing a sugar craving,
we usually go right to the most accessible
sweets, such as chocolate, cakes and ice
cream. A sugar craving is clearly the body
communicating with us. When you think
about it, our bodies are amazing. The body
knows when to breathe, eat, sleep, go to
Our heart never misses a beat; when we
get a cut, it heals by forming a scab. It does
all the work without us having to pro-
gramme that into our systems. Our bodies
never make any mistakes, so when we are
having a craving, that's just our body telling
us what it needs.
Most sugar cravings are our bodies asking
for energy. But our bodies are not always
asking us to feed them sugar but rather a
sweetness for life in a non-food sort of way.
Perhaps it's trying to balance out your
lifestyle and sending you a message. It
could be that you are living a lifestyle that's
too boring or stressful. Or maybe you are
dehydrated or need more exercise or love in
All of these aspects can alert a signal for a
sugar craving without you even realising it.
So the next time you are having a craving,
respond to it in a loving way. Don't look at
it as a weakness, but a message of love
from your body.
Here are some tips on how to respond to
your body when you are having a sugar
¥ Have a glass of water and wait 10 min-
¥ Eat a healthier version of what you crave.
If you crave chocolate, try eating some
fruit or a sweet root or vegetable.
¥ Eliminate or reduce caffeine from your
¥ Get physically active.
¥ Get some rest, sleep and relaxation.
¥ Eliminate low-fat or fat-free packaged
¥ Reduce the amount of salt in your diet.
¥ Find a hobby, be creative, find the sweet-
ness of life in a non-food way.
¥ What is out of balance in your life? Be
aware of what happened in your life just
before you had this craving. Be more in
tune with yourself and your feelings.
When we become more aware of our bod-
ies, we can respond and treat them in a lov-
ing way! Most of us are left to wonder why
is a sugar craving the strongest? For in-
stance, you have started your day off great,
or so you think. You have had a cup of oat-
meal with some fruit for breakfast, snacked
on some almonds at mid morning.
You have eaten a green salad tossed with
some chicken and a light dressing. You are
feeling great and proud of yourself, and
then suddenly its 3 pm. You are sitting at
your desk with the computer probably star-
ing back at you or you are probably at
home, having finished doing all your daily
chores and kids are running about playing.
All of a sudden you find an urge, your
mouth starts to water as you start day-
dreaming of something sweet. It's as if an
alien force has taken over your body and
made you have that sweet you so desire.
It's as if you have no control over yourself
as you indulge and satisfy that wicked urge
for sweetness. A guilt feeling follows that
makes you feel defeated. All you can think
is, "Oh well, I will try harder tomorrow".
The only way we can stop a sugar craving
from happening is to wean sugary and
processed foods from our diets and replace
them with healthier alternatives. Such al-
ternatives need to be high in nutrients, vi-
tamins and minerals to help balance and
regulate the blood sugar.
By Paola Henderson
Here is a list of some natural sweet-
eners that can help reduce cravings
for sugary things:
• Agave Nectar
• Maple Syrup
• Coconut Sugar
RECIPE FOR SWEETNESS
BAKED APPLE CINNAMON TREAT
This recipe is one of my favourites,
especially when I want something
sweet after my lunch.
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
4 tsp of cinnamon
3 tsp of butter (Anchor, unsalted)
4 tsp coconut sugar (any other natu-
ral sweetener will do as well)
1. Wash apples. With a knife, cut the
core, stem and seeds in the mid-
dle; scoop out with a spoon.
2. Place apples in a baking dish.
3. Put 1/2 tsp of butter in each apple.
4. Sprinkle cinnamon and coconut
5. Bake at 350˚F for 30 minutes.
6. Optional: you can rub the apples
lightly with olive oil and add some
raisins or walnuts to it.
7. Drizzle a little full cream milk on
apples and serve.
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