A little while ago I wrote a post called Sugar, Sugar and this is a follow up to give you a few strategies to beating sugar cravings.
When a craving hits, do a little check in with yourself. Are you thirsty? Often times we crave sugar when we’re dehydrated. And it won’t go away when you eat sugar either, because you’re still dehydrated of course!
Satisfy your sweet tooth in a way that doesn’t include chocolate, candies, cookies and what not. Veggies like squash, yams, carrots and beets are a natural source of sugar as are fruits like apples, berries and figs. Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom will also be a bit of a game changer. I absolutely love Bengal Spice tea which has these spices and is naturally decaffeinated and has no added sugar.
Are you getting enough sleep? If not, you’ll be looking for sugar as a wake me up. There are lots of strategies for getting sleep scattered over the internet. It really is important not only for getting off sugar, but for overall health and well-being.
Check in with protein. Are you getting enough quality protein? Are you getting too much? Oddly, both can result in sugar cravings. Especially when eating animal protein. Experiment with the types and amounts of protein you ingest and find the right amount and type for your body.
Get away from low fat and fat free foods! They add sugar and salt to these foods to improve the taste. You aren’t helping your body when going low or no fat. We also need fat.
Movement is a fantastic way to release stress. If you move by taking a walk, going to the gym, taking a yoga class – whatever works best for you – it will help your stress levels. When stress is lowered you don’t crave sugar like you did.
If you’re the type that loves dessert after a meal, it may be more the ritual than the actual dessert that you like. You can replace that with something that still provides sweetness, but not the addictive kind. For me, it’s that bengal spice tea that I like post meal!
Hopefully these strategies will help you out. And remember, with the holidays on us, it’s important to choose the best option in the situation. For example, go for home baked goods rather than store bought. Make informed choices and enjoy what you eat rather than blindly going for it and hardly even tasting it.
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