Sugar Cravings: 5 Ways to Break the Cycle

From the Show: HER
Summary: Unfortunately, other than that satisfying momentary gratification, nothing good comes from eating sugar.
Air Date: 3/13/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peek, MD
Guest Bio: Sara Gottfried, OB/GYN, MD
saragottfriedDr. Sara Gottfried, MD, is a Harvard-trained integrative physician who helps women feel at home in their bodies again, regardless of age. She is the creator of "Mission Ignition: Sex Drive," a wildly popular online course for women to re-ignite their sex drive using her 3-Step Gottfried Protocol for natural hormone balancing–utilizing nutraceuticals, botanicals, and when needed, bioidentical hormones, along with little-known esoteric practices.

After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Sara completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco, where she still serves on the faculty. She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a teacher of the adjunct faculty at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a mentor to medical students in her integrative medicine practice, The Gottfried Center for Organic Gynecology in Berkeley, California. She teaches natural hormone balancing to both women and other clinicians, and is a popular guest on TV, radio and at health, medical and yoga conferences.

Dr. Sara is the author of the book, The Hormone Cure (Simon & Schuster, 2013). She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Glamour, Diablo and Natural Health magazines. She is also the medical expert featured in the award-winning film on women and yoga, YogaWoman. Dr. Sara is quick to add, "My method is not one-size-fits-all. My mission is to help women feel sexy, vital and balanced from their cells to their soul."
Sugar Cravings: 5 Ways to Break the Cycle
Who doesn't love a cupcake? Doesn't your mouth salivate just thinking about a tasty dessert? And what about when it's "that time of month" do you feel like your hormones make you crave sugar even more? 

Sugar actually triggers the release of serotonin, so it can have a dramatic effect on your mood, emotions and energy level. 

Unfortunately, other than that satisfying momentary gratification, nothing good comes from eating sugar.

It wrecks your immune system, crashes your blood sugar, creates fatigue and bloating, stores as fat, and sets the stage for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Excess sugar intake is also linked to rising obesity rates, chronic yeast infections, leaky gut syndrome, and a whole host of other undesirable conditions (Psychology Today). 

WHY are you experiencing these cravings? And more importantly, what's happening to your body when you ingest sugar?

Dr. Sara Gottfried is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also a Harvard-trained integrative physician. Dr. Gottfried provides steps to resist unhealthy cravings.

5 ways to kick the sugar cravings:
  • Eat regularly
  • Get enough fiber
  • Eat real, whole foods
  • Spice it up
  • Get enough Zzz's