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How To Stop Sugar Cravings

How To Curb Sugar Cravings

sweets or a healthy appleSugar cravings can be difficult, especially when it is in many of your go to foods you reach for when in a hurry or under stress.

These foods are everywhere, and many people crave them and are actually addicted to the sugar.

I stick to more healthy dark chocolate now with little sweetener, as the usual chocolate bar combination of chocolate and lots of sugar used to set me off when I was younger – I just wanted more and more of it. I quit chocolate for years because of it.

Simple carbohydrates will give you a short term boost, but in the end, they cause a fluctuation in blood sugar levels and leave you hungry and craving more.

So the best thing to do with foods that contain sugar is to make them a rare treat. And many I have worked with tell me that after being off sugar for a while, things containing sugar or sweetners are much too sweet and make them feel bad. In other words, it is easy to see the reactions and how one feels after a time period away from it.

Tips To Get A Handle On Sugar Cravings

The very first thing to do is plan ahead in how to control sugar cravings. Take a look at when in your day you generally reach for the sugary foods. Is it a certain time a day, or when you are triggered by certain kinds of stress? Decide how to handle this ahead of time with acceptable foods and practices. So let’s talk about what you can do.

Eat Regularly

Eat regular meals, except when on certain weight loss programs such as those that emphasize intermittent fasting, which I can go into another time.

If you do not eat three meals per day, you may have a craving for food and reach for the sugary foods. The urge often becomes worse as the blood sugar level begins to fall.

Plan your food choices out, so that you have some protein intake at meals. This helps control sugar cravings. Having some protein in the morning is important as you have been asleep and fasting during sleep.

If you did not have something that is ready to cook, I find eggs great for a quick protein choice. You can either boil them ahead of time, or poaching them does not take long either. Add a couple servings of vegetables, especially dark leafy greens and you are good to go.

Substitute Fruit For Sugary Foods

basket of fruitStart substituting fruits, in moderate amounts, for your sugary or sweetened foods.

If the fruit you buy has been tasting blah or has no flavor, a tip is to smell the fruit before you buy it. Many fruits are picked somewhat green as they must be shipped somewhere, and stand up in shipping better when not fully ripened.

You want to pick up fruits to eat that have a good smell, like the fruit should actually taste. Eat soon if ripe or let it ripen further and you will have delicious fruit.

Not all fruits can be treated this way. A Banana may not smell like much when green, but you know it will ripen and taste good later. Strawberries will go bad quickly, so must be eaten soon. So some of this is just experience, once you get started.

You can accompany your fruit with some seeds or nuts if you desire. This will give you a source of protein and fiber this way. It will help keep your blood sugar level more even.

Put the fruit for the day out where you can see it in the kitchen. Will you need to bring some to work or when running errands? Then peel it, slice it, what ever you need to do and put it in a container, ready to go. This will help you avoid picking up sugary snacks when away from home.

Don’t Bring It Home

Because impulses and sugar addiction can get the best of you, it is best not to bring sugary treats home.

Go through your refrigerator and cupboards and get rid of these type of treats. Put things you are keeping for the rest of the family up high, where it is hard for you to reach and you will have to think twice about it. Begin to put your family on a program of eating less sweets as well.

When shopping, make a list ahead of time and do not go shopping hungry. Read labels. Be aware of what is in your food.

Stick to your list. Do not let your children put things into the cart you are going to be tempted with. Ignore all the goodies at checkout. Pay for your thing immediately and get out of the store.

Eat More Fiber

Most people do not eat enough fiber through out the day. You get fiber from your fruit and vegetables, grains, beans and legumes.

Especially increase the intake of leafy green vegetables – they are low in calories and filling. This is where the majority of your vitamins and minerals come from. A serving of vegetables is one half cup raw and leafy greens one cup.

The USDA’s dietary guidelines suggest an adult should eat between 5, at minimum, to 13 servings of vegetables and fruits a day. There are two cups in a pint, so that gives you an idea of whether you have been eating enough vegies.

sugar addictionIf You Stumble, Get Back Up

So there are some basic tips to stop the sugar cravings. If you succumb, just know it was temporary. Remember some of this food is very addicting.  And many have used sweets for years to medicate their feelings or celebrate, so realize it can take time in you getting better coping skills on how to curb the sugar cravings.

Next, see how to kill the sugar cravings keeping you tired, hungry and embarrassingly fat.

Looking good and feeling good is worth more than the temporary enjoyment of a treat. I hope these tips help, don’t give up, you can do this