6 Ways You Can Effectively Fight Sugar Cravings
Those addicted to sugar are in a fuzzy fix, as it’s hard to break this bittersweet addiction. If you’ve ever tried to stay off sweets, you’ll know what a challenging task it is.One caves in the moment a sugary confection makes its presence felt. Doctors and researchers have been touting the ill-effects of sugar for years now, with some going as far as to call it white poison.
Here are 6 ways you can effectively fight sugar cravings:
- Give processed foods the boot – Processed foods are easy to pick off supermarket shelves and easier to cook or consume, given the way they are packaged. Yet, most processed foods contain a high concentration of salt in the form of sodium and believe it or not, excess salt leads to a sugar craving, as you look to balance the sweet-salt equation in your body. So the next time you dig into a slice of pepperoni pizza or bacon, remember that you are more likely to reach for an aerated drink or a scoop of chocolate ice cream.
- Switch to natural sweeteners – You’ve heard this one time and again, but honestly, if you want to fight sugar cravings, fight it using natural sugars. These sugars, found in some fruits, and natural sugars such as maple, honey, raw agave, muscovado, and coconut palm sugar don’t hurt the body half as much as white sugar, so choose your poison wisely.
3. Snack on fermented foods and drinks – Did you know that snacking on fermented things goes a long way in bursting the sugar bubble? According to Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet, “If you do give in to the temptation of sugar, consider having fermented foods and drinks along with them. The healthy micro-flora in fermented foods and beverages will use the sugar as its food, reducing the negative effects on your body”.
4. Hydrate – Drink more water if you want to resist the urge to give in to your sugar cravings. Very often, when the body is dehydrated and one starts to feel thirsty, this thirst is mistaken for a desire to eat, and in many cases, the craving for sugar. So if you feel a sudden craving, chug a glass of water, wait a few moments, and watch that craving wane.
5. Stave off hunger – Try and eat nutritious, balanced meals through the day. You will often find that if you allow yourself to get to a point when you are too hungry, you will start craving sugar and might even grab the first sugar-laden goodie that comes your way. On the other hand, if you have been consuming well-balanced meals, there will be no sudden craving for sweet. And if and when it does strike, a piece of dark chocolate will do the trick, without letting you slip back into the sugar pattern.
6. Mind over matter; keep your fridge clean – Start practicing mindful eating; chew every bite, and think about what is going into your system. This, coupled with a fridge and pantry that stocks healthy food options, will ensure that temptation is out of the way. After a while, every time you feel a sugar craving, you will end up eating something healthy to extinguish that fire. Soon, the craving itself will be eliminated as the body gets used to healthier alternatives.
Giving up sugar is never easy. But with these tips, you will be able to do it in a relatively painless manner.