There are many different theories on the causes of sugar cravings, including food allergies, adrenal fatigue, monthly hormonal changes in women, dehydration, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, etc.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get off the sugar roller coaster? Here are our top secrets for ending sugar cravings for good:

1. Avoid Processed Foods. Did you know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin and cocaine?

Eating sugar artificially stimulates a region of your brain called the "nucleus accumbens" to produce dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Soon, dopamine levels drop, and we start to feel “flat”... or a bit “down.” 

We crave this pleasant, feel-good feeling again — so sugar leads to addiction. By choosing natural foods, rather than those that are processed, you’ll limit cravings for sugar and other processed foods.

2. Boost Your Serotonin. Serotonin, a.k.a. the "happiness hormone,” can be raised through healthy foods, exercise, and the right sleep schedule. 

When you have plenty of serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets.

3. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally. The all-natural sweetener Stevia has almost zero calories, does not raise blood sugar levels, and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. 

If you have sugar cravings and want to satisfy your sweet tooth safely, Stevia is your best bet.

4. Drink Plenty of Water. You may sometimes think that your body is asking for sugar, when in fact it's dehydrated and really just craving water.

Try this delicious craving-buster: In 8 oz. of water add fresh mint, sliced lemons or cucumber, and 5 drops of Stevia. 

We also suggest a warm cup of green tea sweetened with Stevia with your meals. This way, your sweet tooth is satisfied, and you won't want dessert.

5. Keep Your Blood Sugar Stable. Eat several small, healthy meals throughout the day instead of three large portions to avoid dips in blood sugar. 

Including a protein and/or healthy protein at each snack or meal will also help stabilize your blood sugar.

6. Try a “green drink". Loaded with nutrition, green drinks help boost your energy and reduce cravings for sugar and processed foods. You’ll find recipes on the FITera community site!

7. Eat More Sea Vegetables. Rich in vitamins and minerals, sea vegetables, such as kelp and seaweed, make for a healthy snack! 

Sea vegetables have a high mineral content (needed for your adrenals to conquer cravings), while eating anything with sugar immediately depletes minerals from your body. 

8. Enjoy Fermented Foods and Drinks. Fermented foods and drinks, such as kefir and yogurt, are perhaps the most important way to reduce or even eliminate cravings for sugar. 

In fact, this one is so effective that we've heard from many of our customers that it nixes sugar cravings in about 4-5 days!

Chad