A vegetarian or vegan diet isn't a free ticket to better health and weight loss. In fact, a lot of vegetarians gain weight from eating too much sugar and grains.
Whether you're a vegetarian or carnivore, one of the best things you can do for your waistline and health is to give up added sugar. For most of us, this is easier said than done because sugar is addictive; giving it up can make you irritable, jittery, and moody. The good news is there are some things you can do to minimize withdrawal symptoms, including those dreadful cravings for more sugar and carbs.
Serotonin is the body's feel-good neurotransmitter and can help stop cravings. Higher levels also help you to sleep better and boost your moods. To increase serotonin levels try the following:
Get plenty of sunshine
It's scientifically proven that sunlight increases serotonin levels. No wonder we feel so good after a day at the beach!
Take Rhodiola or 5-HTP 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) Supplements
Rhodiola, an adaptogen, can raise serotonin levels, and feel-good opioids. Opioids produce morphine-like effects and are commonly used for pain relief.
The body converts 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) to serotonin and can help with sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain.
Magnesium deficiency is common, especially for vegetarians, vegans, and others who eat a lot of grains. If you're deficient, it can increase sugar cravings. Another supplement that can help with sugar cravings is Vitamin C. Take 2,000 milligrams a day, but only during the detox process until strong cravings decrease or stop.
Once you get rid of the withdrawal symptoms, eliminating all added sugars from your diet becomes easy. It's okay to cheat once in a while, but keep in mind that if you start eating sugar again too frequently, the addition will return quickly.
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