This is Beat Your Sugar Cravings Part 4. In Part 1 we covered eight causes of cravings, Part 2 was about 5 artificial sweeteners to avoid, and Part 3 was about natural sweeteners. We all have sugar cravings at some time of the day. If you’re craving sugar, here are some ways to tame those cravings.
7 Tips to Use Right Now to Beat Your Sugar Cravings
- Give in a little. Eat a bit of what you’re craving i.e. if you’re craving chocolate, compromise and eat dark chocolate (70% cacao) bar. These can be found at your local supermarket, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts. Enjoying a little of what you love can help you feel like you satisfied your craving.
- Combine foods. Instead of grabbing a cookie or a candy bar to fill and satisfy your craving, you can fill yourself up and satisfy a sugar craving, by food combining. What I mean by food combining is taking a banana and dipping it in melted dark chocolate. Or another idea is to mix almonds with “healthy” chocolate. So, as a beneficial bonus, you’ll satisfy your craving and get healthy nutrients from those good-for-you foods at the same time.
- Go cold turkey. This can be tough. Cutting out all simple (refined) sugars works for some people. I recommend gradually cutting out sugar. Some people find that going cold turkey helps their cravings diminish after a few days; others find they may still crave sugar but over time they feel that they are able to train their taste buds to be satisfied with less sugar.
- Grab some fruit. Keep fruit i.e. an apple, banana, berries, grapes, etc. handy for when sugar cravings hit. You’ll get fiber and nutrients along with some sweetness. Also stock up on foods like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Having them handy will prevent you from reaching for the sugary stuff.
- Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. Do an activity that will take your mind off your craving. Talk a walk. Do yoga.
- Choose quality over quantity. If you have a sugar splurge, pick a healthy choice.
- Eat regularly. If you wait too long between meals, it may cause you to choose something sugary. You have probably heard about or tried the Keto diet. By consuming more healthy fat-containing foods will reduce your hunger. Instead of eating every three to five hours, it can help keep your blood sugar stable and it will keep you fuller longer.
Some other suggestions: As part of your breakfast, have a slice of bread i.e. Elzekiel with almond butter. Then as a mid-morning snack have some yogurt with fresh fruit. Break up lunch the same way to help you avoid a mid-afternoon slump (i.e. sugar crash).
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