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PAGE 40 End Sugar Cravings By Maryellen Hannon Could one, single thing added to your diet actually allow you to kick your sugar

addiction? Julia Ross says yes! Julia Ross is a pioneer in the field of Nutritional Ther- apy and a specialist in the treatment of mood problems, eating disorders, and addic- tions. Julia holds a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. To keep things simple I am going to just say “sugar” but keep in mind that all sim-

ple carbohydrates are simple sugars with a chemical structure that is composed of one or two sugars and they offer little nutritional value to your body as they are digested more quickly than complex carbohydrates. Some foods that contain simple carbohy- drates include table sugar, products with white flour, milk, yogurt, candy, chocolate, fruit juice, cake, jam, biscuits, soda and packaged cereals. Watch out for the so-called healthy drinks that many times contain huge amounts of sugar. It’s important to note that consuming excess refined carbs causes loss of magnesium and it’s a mineral key to calcium absorption.

Complex carbohydrates consist

of a chemical structure that is made up of three or more sugars, which are usually linked together to form a chain. These sugars are mostly rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Due to their complexity, they take a little longer to digest, and they don't raise the sugar levels in the blood as quickly as simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates act as the body's fuel, and they contribute significantly to energy production. When I am eating simple carbohydrates I look at it as if I am just eating sugar. This has helped me to eliminate and/or limit myself from eating too much of them! Some of my favorite com- plex carbohydrates are fiber rich vegetables, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, apples and beans. I try to stick to a mantra - every meal or snack includes fat, fiber and protein. My absolute favorite snack is an organic apple with almond butter. So here’s the scoop, Ross says

we’re all likely deficient in some neuro- transmitter or another. Any number of things can cause a deficiency in us and stress is a big one. Don’t underestimate the affect stress has on your health in- cluding the loss of magnesium! Hit the pause button throughout the day and breathe deeply for a moment to reduce your stress. When we are eating a lot of sugar we

get a quick false sense of energy and we are usually not eating enough whole foods to give our bodies the dietary amino acids they need. Our bodies need amino acids to make the neurotransmit- ters we are deficient in and the good news is that they can be supplemented for a month or two until we are getting them from a nutrient rich diet. According to Ross, the amino acid L-glutamine will stop those sugar cravings in their tracks within 10 minutes! She recommends sup- plementing with 500mg 3-4 times per day — usually during the times when you’ve got the lowest blood sugar. Then, start to crowd out the sugar with complex carbs. Try eating all the vegetables on your plate first as you will end your meal feeling fuller and more satiated. After about a month of avoiding refined sugars your cravings will be minimal if they are not gone completely and you will feel less fa- tigued. Are you ready to get off the sugar roller coaster? I hope you are and if you decide to indulge one day fully enjoy your sugary choice; just don’t let that “one- day” turn into a bad week. I will end with my final recommenda-

tion: don’t replace one bad habit with an- other. Artificial sweeteners and sugar-free products have shown to increase ap- petite and cravings, which over the long term leads to weight gain.

Mary Ellen Hannon is a Certified

Health Coach (CHC, AADP) living in Santa Cruz, CA. She is also certified by Dr. Sara Gottfried to teach the Hor- mone Cure. She leads workshops and does private consulting. For more in- formation about her go to www.shak-


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