How to decrease sugar cravings in 3 days

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Many of us struggle with sugar cravings. Some people suffer from some type of sugar craving or even a so-called sugar addiction all year long. So, how to decrease sugar cravings in as fast as 3 days?

We know that sugar cravings cause a dopamine response as well as other neurochemicals that ultimately create a biochemical and neurochemical response in the body. The addiction to sugar can cause a similar response in the brain as in drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes.  However, there’s a little bit more to sugar cravings than just that.

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Sugar Cravings and Gut Bacteria

Sugar cravings also come from our gut bacteria! Our gut bacteria are actually communicating to us that they want something. They have a mind of their own! Well, our gut is, in fact, our second brain. We have a trillion bacteria in our gut, and there are different types of bacteria that actually love different nutrients. Some love carbs, some fiber, and some love fats, for example. When we are not feeding those bacteria what they want, then they get really pissed off and can make us feel like crap. Therefore, it is really important to have a balance of beneficial bacteria in our gut. And we need a lot of diversity. That’s why it’s so important to have a very well-balanced diet with a variety of whole, nutrient-dense foods. This helps to create the optimal microbiome for health. Remember… 70 percent of our immune system is in our gut.  The bacteria in our gut help us to maintain a healthy digestive tract and metabolize, digest, and absorb nutrients.  Our internal gut flora can really help maximize our immune health when we treat it well.

What can you do about cravings?

So, you may be asking, what can I do when I have these sugar cravings?  In two to four days, you can shift your gut bacteria. If you can commit to three days altering your microbiome, then you can start to begin to feel much better and likely not have the same cravings that you once did.

First, it is important to rule out a yeast overgrowth, especially if you are having significant sugar or carbohydrate cravings on a regular basis.  This can be done through certain bloodwork, questionnaires, and of course a detailed evaluation of clinical presentation and symptoms.

How to decrease sugar cravings: 3-day microbiome challenge

The goal is a healthy, balanced, clean diet for three days with lots of fiber from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and possibly some lentils or beans. You can use the well-researched Mediterranean diet as a guide.

  1. Eat a clean diet and eliminate all sugar for three days. Yes, it will be challenging, but after those three days, you will likely have fewer cravings. Natural sugars from fruits are okay in small amounts, so make sure to eliminate artificial sweeteners and added sugars, too.
  2. Eliminate gluten and dairy. These are two of the biggest inflammatory food triggers. Note, it does take two to four weeks for these to be completely out of your system.
  3. Make sure that you’re really managing sleep. Any type of sleep deprivation is going to have a direct correlation with your bacteria in your gut.
  4. Focus on destressing and scheduling relaxation: Taking time to totally de-stress, whether that’s scheduling 15 minutes of relaxation, getting a massage, or setting time aside to meditate, do yoga or simply breathe, is vital.  Stress is one of the biggest inflammatory triggers in on your body and can significantly affect your gut bacteria.
  5. “Move well and then often.” Gray Cook: Exercise also has a positive effect on the bacteria in your gut.

The Bottom Line 

The goal is to do all of this for three days. If you do this challenge, you can really begin your journey to making health changes well beyond. Of course, this is just the beginning of a healthier lifestyle. If you feel like your issues are more significant, feel free to email me, and I can provide you with a questionnaire to see if you fall more into the category of potential yeast overgrowth.

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