Maybe you’ve heard that sugar is more addictive than cocaine.
I am here to tell you that you cannot quit eating sugar.
I am for real. You cannot quit eating sugar. More importantly, you should never try to quit eating sugar.
Sugar, aka carbohydrate, is the primary fuel source for every cell in your body. More specifically, this fuel is glucose, which much of the world has become madly afraid of in recent times. The reality is that you need this fuel, lots of it, to run every process that is happening in your body around the clock.
Carbohydrates are carbon-based molecules that also contain hydrogen and oxygen atoms. There are 3 main carbohydrates that are important to know about when it comes to human metabolism – glucose, galactose, and fructose. Glucose is primarily present in most plant matter, galactose in dairy, and fructose in fruit. These three sugars can be referred to as monosaccharides. Linking them can create disaccharides. Two very popular disaccharides are lactose, made from glucose bound to galactose, and sucrose, made from glucose bound to fructose.
It is important to know about these basic sugar facts when talking about “quitting sugar for good.”
Back to the question, how to address sugar cravings?
To quit sugar, (sucrose), you must understand the nature of your cravings. “Sugar cravings” are your body’s call for fuel. Most of our world today answers that call for fuel with a doughnut, pastry, or one of the other packaged processed food options that are found pretty much everywhere. Your body doesn’t want the sucrose and other processed and highly refined carbohydrates that are present in such food-like substances. Your body wants FOOD. REAL FOOD. Specifically, your body wants GLUCOSE.
It is important to know that the fructose, present in high amounts in fruits, gets absorbed in the gut and taken up by cells without the need of insulin (a whole other big and important topic that we don’t need to get lost in right now). Once taken up easily and quickly by cells, the fructose becomes converted into glucose and then processed into energy. SO, eating fruits (sweet and satisfying) is an excellent way to provide high quality fuel for every cell in the body, while also reaping the benefit of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and JOY that is bountiful in these gifts from nature.
REMEMBER – some cravings are in fact authentic messages from your ever-wise body. Listen to your body and fuel it with the foods it deserves – REAL FOODS… PLANTS!