We admit that more evenings than not after finishing our dinner, we long for a little something sweet. The problem is, we can’t pull this sweet tooth of ours and unfortunately, sugar leads to a lot of potential health problems such as cavities, obesity, diabetes, and even heart disease. Cutting out sugar is no easy task, our brains develop a kind of addiction to it, not to mention the element of comfort and celebration these often symbolize in our life. So let’s look at a few ways you can stop sugar cravings and take back your health.
Stop, Wait a Minute
Just because you’re craving something, such as sugar, doesn’t mean you have to have it. (We know, it feels that way, but it’s not!) Give yourself a minute a consider why you’re craving sugar. Are you stressed out? Do you have a headache? Did you get enough sleep last night?
Mix it Up
If you’re feeling like you might actually die if you don’t get a little something sweet, then try making it at least a little healthier. Consider dipping fruit in chocolate or making a low-sugar berry cheesecake salad. Satisfy your sweet tooth, then step away.
Sometimes when we’re hungry we’re actually just thirsty, we could also be bored, it’s kind of a toss-up, and going to the fridge to grab something sweet can be habitual too. So when you feel like you’re craving a little something sweet, take a minute, take a breath, have something to drink, and give it a few minutes.
This is by no means easy, but you can absolutely kick the sugar cold turkey. The first 24 – 72 hours will probably be really difficult, but a lot of people find that after the three-day hump, their sugar cravings are gone or have significantly decreased.
A Balancing Act
Sugar cravings can sometimes mean you aren’t getting enough of something else, so make sure your meals are balanced and that you’re eating enough protein, vegetables, healthy carbs, and healthy fats. Balanced meals will keep you feeling satisfied longer and keep cravings at bay.
Keep it Regular
Waiting too long in-between meals could be the reason you find yourself reaching for sugary foods throughout the day. Spacing meals and snacks out so that you’re eating every 3 – 5 hours will keep your blood sugar stable meaning you won’t even be tempted to reach for something full of sugar and empty calories.