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Bust the Sugar Devil – Part 2

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We are going to look into a couple more of the possible root causes of your cravings to help you expand the tools you have available to deal with sugar cravings.

Nutrient Deficiency
Cravings can be a sign of nutrient deficiency. Cravings for different flavors or textures can translate to a lack of various nutrients.

If you crave sugary food, you might want to look into deficiencies in chromium, sulfur and the amino acid tryptophan. Chromium is abundant in brewer’s yeast, as well as beef, liver, whole wheat, rye, fresh chilies, oysters, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, wheat germ, green bell peppers, eggs, chickens, apples, butter, bananas, and spinach. Sulfur is readily available in protein foods – meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk and legumes are all good sources. Egg yolks are one of the best sources of sulfur. Tryptophan is an amino acid readily available in animal foods, eggs, dairy products, and some nuts and seeds, and is particularly rich in turkey meat.

Low Protein Intake
If you have a relatively low protein diet and tend to feel fatigue easily, try increasing your protein intake, or experiment with the type of protein in your diet.

Besides meat, fish and milk, you can try eating nuts and seeds, good quality cheeses in moderate amounts, as well as eggs, yogurt and beans. Vegetarians, and particularly vegans, should pay close attention to food combining to get a complete protein profile from various plant sources.

Dehydration
Cravings can be caused by dehydration. Our body often misinterprets the sensation of thirst as hunger. The next time you feel your cravings coming on, drink a glass of water, wait 15 to 30 minutes, and see if you are still hungry.

Action Steps
Make sure you are well hydrated because being well-hydrated often helps curb cravings. Buy a reusable water bottle and carry it around with you so that you will remember to sip water often.

If it’s cool outside, get a thermos and fill it up with non-caffeinated herbal tea. The warm tea will keep you hydrated, as well as warm and cozy.

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