Resisting temptation can be quite difficult…sugar and processed food addictions are no joke! According
to the American Heart Association, the average American consumes an average of about 22 teaspoons
of added sugars per day. Fortunately, there are some foods that can help to curb harmful cravings…
Aloe, Nopal, and Wheatgrass, oh my!
Author David Sandoval says, “Aloe may taste somewhat bitter but as is said, ‘bitter is better!’… Bitters
reduce cravings for sweets and reduce our need for carbohydrates…aloe’s ‘bitterness’ can be attributed
to its wide array of health-supporting minerals and polysaccharides.”
Unfortunately, many versions on the market are loaded with sugary juices or require the purchase of a
gallon or more. Purium’s 40X Aloe Vera Concentrate™ comes in a small 4 fluid ounce bottle and is
powerful that only a teaspoon is needed to get the desired effect! The water and fiber has been removed
which leaves highly concentrated polysaccharides.
Nopal (Opuntia Streptacantha)
Used in many traditional Mexican dishes, the nopal cactus promotes weight loss when eaten by
absorbing water and providing a feeling of satiety. It has a positive effect on blood sugar and helps
reduce the appetite and control carbohydrate cravings. It can also reduce cholesterol by promoting the
excretion of fats from the body, and aids digestion by absorbing toxins from the bowel as well as
increasing the rate at which food passes through the system.
Purium offers Nopal in our CONTROL Pre-Meal Capsules™ blend – along with White Kidney Bean
Extract and Garcinia Cambogia, this blend helps to reduce cravings and neutralize the negative effect
created by starches (which normally get turned into sugar and stored as fat).
Sugar cravings can be brutal on willpower! It can be a huge struggle to quit when you are
in the grip of a sugar fix. Next time you are in the midst of a sugar attack, bring green juice to the battle!
Green juices like wheatgrass and barley green juice can help break our addictions and help our bodies to
alkalize while supplying the body with a multitude of vitamins and minerals and other phytochemicals.
Renowned doctor and mentor to David Sandoval, Dr. Bernard Jensen, says that it only takes
minutes to digest wheatgrass juice and that it uses up very little body energy. This nourishing green
superfood is a highly assimilable source for antioxidants, alkaline, complete protein, chlorophyll, E.F.A.’s,
trace minerals, natural flora, and enzymes. It also is a natural source of chromium. Chromium, a very hard
metallic element, helps regulate metabolism and has recently become the superstar of the weight loss
Purium’s Organic Kamut Blend™ is an unique heirloom version of wheatgrass that is blended with
alfalfa and oat grass.
For a more comprehensive approach to breaking your sugar addiction, try Purium’s 10-Day Transformation
Cleanse which will re-set your metabolism, change your taste buds to prefer fresh whole foods, and help you
lose any excess fat!
Other Natural Ways to Curb Cravings
- Drink lots of water! A lot of times we think we are hungry when we are really thirsty. It is great to
have a glass of water a half hour prior to eating, make that a habit!
- Eat more frequently (have smaller meals spread out) and go for the healthiest options on your
- Eat whole foods – incorporate plant based sources of protein (spirulina, beans, etc.) and good fats (avocados, nuts, etc.) to reduce the
cravings for the “bad” versions.
- Avoid white bread, white salt, and white sugar. Get your glucose and fiber from fruit and complex
carbs. Avoid artificial sweeteners which confuse the body and do more harm than good in the long run.
- Add cinnamon to your sweets – it helps the body to support healthy blood sugar levels.
- Get daily exercise. Don’t have to overdo it! Just get your heart pumping. Try yoga or briskly
- Eat before you are starving – have your house stocked with fresh, whole foods that make easy
snacks. Spend a few hours 1 day a week preparing your meals and snacks for the week to make it easier.