I think this is such good news. It actually takes you about 7 days to get rid of your addiction to sugar and sugary foods out of your system. However this does not mean your cravings will disappear but the intense addiction you experience needs that amount of time to go.
Now you can either wean yourself off sugar or go cold-turkey. The choice is yours — you pick the way that works for you as we are all different. However remember that having crohn’s disease is stressful enough so you might find the cold turkey method too much to handle.I think for most of us the weaning yourself off sugar slowly works better……
Tips on How to Wean Yourself off Sugar Slowly:
1. Never miss a meal – How do you feel when you miss a meal – STARVING right? – Well this feeling actually makes us want to eat ANYTHING to get our blood sugar levels under control. And what is the anything we select? Yes you are right, it is generally high sugar foods. Of course they bring our blood sugar levels under control BUT then we crash.
2. Consume fresh fruit – You might be thinking – hang on isn’t fruit high in sugar – Well yes it is but it is natural sugar and the fruit also contains vitamins, minerals and fibre which we need for a healthy life.
3. Limit your intake of Desserts – During your first week of weaning only eat this type of food once a day. In Week 2 only eat dessert food twice a week. Then in Week 3 only once a week. Make it your rule to have fruit [raw or poached/cooked] at least half of the time.
4. Avoid missing meals – When we miss meals our body goes into starvation mode. When you are in this state you will eat ANYTHING to get your blood sugar levels back to normal. GUESS what you reach for first? Yes the high sugar foods that get your blood sugar back to normal quickly BUT then what happens….. WE CRASH AGAIN……… If you avoid missing meals this does not occur.
5. Don’t drink sugary drinks – Do not drink the sugary drinks that are available everywhere eg iced teas, soda/soft drinks, energy drinks and juices. They are full of sugar. If you feel like the bubbles use sparkling mineral water and add fresh fruit eg lemons, limes and/or oranges.
6. Use a natural sweetener like Stevia – This sweetener will actually do good for your body – it nourishes your pancreas and helps regulates your blood sugar and blood pressure. It also has no calories.
7. Do not have sugary foods in your cupboards or fridge – Temptation is an ugly thing – avoid it
8. If you do have cravings go for a walk – It has been discovered that athletes actually crave more salty foods after exercise – it also clears your head which is a great thing for us all to do as well……
So let me know how you go.....
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Yours in Health
My Crohns Doctor