12 Apr How to Curb Your Sugar Cravings
#1: Ask yourself if you are dehydrated?
Sounds crazy, but sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Sometimes by simply drinking a glass of water and waiting 5 minutes your craving may disappear.
Also, too much caffeine mimics a blood sugar crash – this feels good in the moment but can end up sabotaging your sugar reducing goals!
#2: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with other Sweet Things.
We all want some sweetness in our lives! What are you craving? If it is a food then add naturally sweet food to your diet like sweet potatoes, beets, butternut squash, figs, berries or even sweet spices.
Sleep (or lack thereof) is a HUGE contributor to eating too much sugar! When you are tired your body will look for ways to pick itself back up. Often these ways are turning to caffeine and/or sugary foods. This will give you a temporary boost, but, then a crash messing with your blood sugar levels. No fun! Take a 20 minute nap instead or aim to go to bed just one hour earlier each night.
We need the “magic plate” balancing out our carb, protein, fat ratio. Pay attention to how much and what kind of protein you are consuming. Too much animal protein leads to sweet cravings. Too little protein also leaves you craving something sweet to help satiate your appetite. Find the balance that works for your specific body and lifestyle.
#5: Sneaky Ways to Add Sugar: Low-Fat and Fat Free Foods.
What happens when food manufacturers take out the fat in foods? Guess what ingredient they add? You guessed it..sugar!
#6: Get Moving!
Moving your body has so many benefits. We all know this but have a hard time doing it. Find something you love to do. Get out there and explore new things. You can even make a walk your workout. It’s free and doesn’t take a lot of time. Once you start and make this a habit, you’ll never want to go back
#7: Dessert After a Meal.
Pay attention to this ritual. Does it serve you? Can you fill your post meal activity with something else? Often times we have dessert simply because we grew up doing it and/or parents will bribe their kids to eat their dinner to get dessert. Try your best not to fall into this trap! Who really benefits from that? Save dessert for special occasions and allow yourself to really enjoy it when you do partake.