From being just a petty fodder, sugarcane has become the world’s third most valuable crop after cereals and rice, occupying 26,942,686 hectares of land across the globe. Sugar and tobacco, both share ancient origins and were originally seen to be beneficial to health. But time changed that and history proved them to be reason for slave labour and years of oppression.
A sudden surge in mass consumption, from mid-17th century made them a health risk. While tobacco is a seriously addictive vice, sugar is neither a vice nor a bad or addictive habit. It has just become too essential to our way of life and to place it is sourced from. In reality, human physiology has been known to evolve on a diet that had very little sugar and where carbohydrates were virtually negligible. Sugar getting into our diet was most probably an accident. Sugarcane is believed to be a “fodder” that was used to fatten pigs.
So is there a way to reduce, if not completely stop your sugar cravings? The answer is Yes! All you need is to take a little heed, follow these easy tips and practice some restraint.
Gratify Your Sweet Tooth Naturally
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Go for all-natural sweetener with zero calories, zero glycemic index, and zero additives. Satisfy your sugar craving with natural sweeteners. And your best choice would be – raw honey, stevia, dates, coconut sugar, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, balsamic glaze and banana puree.
Step-up your Serotonin
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Serotonin is your “happiness hormone,”. It is the same hormone that gives you the positive, feel good feeling. You can give a boost to it through diet, exercise, and having a right sleep schedule. But what does Serotonin has to do with sugar craving? Well, once your body has sufficient serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets.
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Calming your body through meditation is a very effective and easy way to turn down sugar cravings, as it reduces stress. In 2015, Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital discovered that “meditation not only has the power to reduce stress, but it can change the brain — by increasing gray matter in the auditory and sensory cortex.”
Stress is very dangerous to health and creates cortisol hormone, which in turn increases your blood sugar. The vicious cycle of highs and lows damages your adrenals and increases sugar cravings. A quick meditation before meals helps you to relax during meals. This translates into you having a good digestion and giving your body plenty of time to absorb vital nutrients.