Gillian's Fieldwork Notes: Recommendations for Sugar Addiction
(photo: bee wrangling on an organic farm)
As with any addiction, it is important to aim towards cutting out all sugar from the diet.
Start slowly and be gentle with yourself.
As you reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, you should notice that over time, you will desire it less and less. Take it easy, and take care of your self.
Substitutes can be used if necessary.
Stevia is not an actual sugar in terms of chemistry, and will not affect blood sugar, and therefore can be used at will. Health food stores should carry it as well as have information on how to use it. Let me know if you are unable to find recipes, or share your favorites with me so I can pass them on to others.
Its still a sugar but slow-releasing and complex, and with its own medicinal benefits such as nutrients (unpasteurized is best); use sparingly. Babies under one year should never be given honey.
Again, a complex and nutrient-rich sugar, if you use "sorghum" or "barbados" molasses (blackstrap is chemically processed and should be avoided).
Complex, nutrient-rich, buy organic.
Other naturally processed sweeteners:
Unrefined, organic sugar (not brown, corn, turbinado), rice syrup, barley malt, fruit juices, fruit syrups, date sugar, and amasake (fermented rice) are all significantly more nutritious than chemically processed sugar. Beware of getting "hooked" on these though, because they are still relatively high in simple sugars which have a negative effect on the body.
bananas, beets, squash (dried fruits are very concentrated sugars, so use sparingly.)
Tips for improving your health as you eliminate bad sugars.
Increase consumption of complex carbohydrates, which are slow-release sugars and highly nutritive (eg.: brown rice and other grains, vegetables, legumes, breads); chewing these well is said to enhance their sweetness, and is always better for digestion anyhow.
Recommended Supplements: taken daily over a period of 3 months minimum for best results.
- B6 (50 mg/day)
- Vit C (increase by 500 mg/day up to bowel tolerance)
- Calcium and Magnesium (2:1 ratio, citrate preferred, 1200 mg/day Calcium; 600 mg/day Magnesium.)
In Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions, it is recommended to eat something sour, pungent or spicy to help deal with sudden sugar cravings.
Products from Gillian's Herbs to enhance your health as you work on your sugar addiction.
- ADRENAL TONIC tincture (certified organic or wildcrafted Siberian Ginseng Root, Astragalus Root, Nettles, Licorice Root, and Oatstraw)
- NERVE TONIC tincture (certified organic or wildcrafted Oatstraw, Siberian Ginseng Root, Nettles, St. John's Wort, Skullcap, and Motherwort)
- LIVER TONIC tincture (Milk Thistle Seed, Dandelion Root, Oregon Grape Root, and Marshmallow Root)
- MINERAL MIX condiment (Nutritional Yeast, certified organic roasted Sesame Seeds, certified organic Garlic granules, Kelp and Spirulina) use daily on eggs, rice, veggies, in soups, or even better, popcorn!
These notes emphasize dietary changes, supplements, and medicinal herbs. While this is essential in helping your body achieve a better balance, it is also important when dealing with an imbalance like sweet cravings to look at any possible emotional or psychological associations. Try to take a holistic viewpoint; there are many aspects to our lifestyle than can contribute to ill health. There are no substitutes for fresh air, exercise, the reduction of stress, and the pursuit of fun-filled, creative, soul-satisfying activities. My hope is that by simultaneously following the above-mentioned recommendations as well as additional changes in lifestyle, one will experience increased emotional and physical balance, more energy, stamina and motivation, increased memory and ability to concentrate, and overall wellness.
(photo: a stinging nettle plant)