How to kick the sugar cravings on the hCG program…
To avoid cravings on the hCG program it starts before and continues on afterwards.
Here’s how to do it…
It is advisable to reduce your sugar intake and build up good healthy fats if you are wanting to avoid cravings on the hCG program. Good in theory for some! Start by only having natural sweeteners – remove all foods with refined sugar. Refined sugar is hidden everywhere in processed foods! You are going to need to read labels and do some google searching to understand what refined sugars are.
High Fructose Corn Syrup in particular is refined and trouble. It is derived from corn and found in so many foods these days, of course, all processed foods. HCFS is not something that is easy to limit because the impact it has on our organs and brain tells our body to crave it! You can have one little bit of food or drink with HCFS, BUT your body will be telling you to eat more and more and more, which really gets in the way of keeping sugar intake to a minimum.
Another thing to think of is how much HCFS you may be consuming with each processed food or beverage; it isn’t just in sweet items. You’re likely consuming high fructose corn syrup (GMOS) each time you eat something out of a box, wrapper, or other container.You can find it in breads, crackers, pizza, the list could go on and on. If you’re eating processed foods right up to doing the program it is a sure way to contribute to some severe cravings on the hCG program.
Now replace your refined sugar with more nutritious, unprocessed, whole forms of sugar such as honey, coconut sugar, sucanat, rapadura and muscovado.
Does this mean you need to avoid that convenience lifestyle where you can grab a cake or (most) dips from a shop whilst heading off to a party or a friends house? pretty much yes, unless you have a good health food store (which can still have crappy fats and sugars in their foods) or a great local cafe that makes paleo or home made foods.
To further reduce your cravings on the hCG program, increase the amount of unprocessed fats in your daily intake of food.
The sugar cravings many of us experience are due to the lack of enough healthy whole fats in our diet. Healthy dietary fats stabilise blood sugar .. sweet cravings happen because there is a dip in your blood sugars and fats are what help bring stability to them to even out those dips. And randomly, another bit of information..did you know that poor blood sugar status affects your hormones? ahhhh…
If you are experiencing sugar cravings be sure to add full fat such as milk, yogurts, butter, grassfed or organic meat fats and no contrary to what is popularised in the media you will not get heart attacks from eating good quality fats. it is the transfat, partially hydrogenated fats, interesterified fats and any other rancid, cheap vegetable oils that are used in processed foods that you should be wary of and if the doctors and nutritionists tell you this is not true then they are not up to date with their information.
Can you do it? You absolutely can if you are eating lots of whole fats and consuming sugar in its whole form occasionally (if you choose to). Eating lots of whole, unprocessed fats is your key to decreasing your cravings and they should never be so overwhelming that it consumes your morning, afternoon or day. Good payoff hey? Give up a little, change things around, become aware of new foods and new ways of doing things and viola, there you have it and happier healthier new you.
If you have slayed the sugar monster in your home by transitioning to only natural sugars, eating more whole fats, forbidding organic junk food from finding a regular home in your pantry, and eating homemade sweets only on an occasional basis, then you have absolutely accomplished your goal!
You are now eating natural, whole sweets in moderation and enjoying them in a safe manner that will not threaten your long term health.
Well done, my friend!
Research: Weston Price and Sally Fallon. Paleo eating. There are many groups on FB that will support your change for free 🙂