Sugar Free Resources
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The 21-day Sugar Detox is a wonderful resource if you feel dependent on sugar and want a full guide with tips, support, shopping lists, recipes and more. You can get the book and do it on your own or join a group with support from a nutritionist.
L-glutamine is an amino acid that can help stop sugar cravings. It is best used temporarily in order to help you during intense cravings. You can take 500mg 3-4 times a day for 2-4 weeks to help you through the tough initial stages of quitting cold turkey. After you’ve gotten used to less sugar, you can usually get along fine without supplementation. I recommend using the powder as opposed to the capsules because putting the powder on your tongue can stop a craving immediately.
Crave arrest is a supplement designed to stop sugar cravings. It contains essential amino acids and adaptogenic herbs to help balance the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine and to promote a healthy response to stress. While you are detoxing from sugar, it is recommended to take two capsules per day.
There are a few essential oils that may help with sugar cravings. Some of my favorites are peppermint, ocotea and grapefruit essential oils. To use these oils you can diffuse them or you can dilute 1 part essential oil with 2 parts carrier oil and apply to feet or behind the ears.
I find these oils work best for me when taken internally in my water or in a capsule, but I would only recommend using Young Living vitality essential oils internally since they are pure and cleared as dietary oils. Almost all store-bought essential oils are not safe to take internally (and have a warning on the label not to take internally)