Last week I posted a blog about the impact that sugar has on our bodies and what all the confusions is surrounding this.
You can read about this here…
If you are someone who has a real sweet tooth , who’s always looking for that ‘sugar hit ‘ and struggles to say no to ‘treat’s’ anytime night or day (Is that block of chocolate really calling your name, all the way from your fridge!!).
Then these tips below will guide you to take back control of these cravings!
- Eat sweet vegetables and fruit. They are naturally sweet, healthy, and delicious, filled with fibre and a multitude of nutrients. The more you eat, the less you’ll crave sugar.
- Avoid ‘chemicalized’, artificial sweeteners and foods with added sugar. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, rapadura or coconut sugar, dried fruit, stevia, and Honey.
- Get physically active. Start with simple activities like walking or yoga. Start with 10 minutes a day and gradually increase. Being active helps balance blood sugar levels, boosts energy, and reduces tension which will eliminate the need to self-medicate with sugar!
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, and may cause sugar cravings to become more frequent.
- Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Before you go for the sugary drink or chocolate bar, have a glass of water and wait a 10 minutes to see what happens.
- Get more sleep, rest, and relaxation. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, are the most readily usable forms of energy for an exhausted body and mind. If you are in a chronic state of stress and/or sleep deprivation, your body will crave the quickest form of energy there is – sugar.
- Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. According to yin-yang principles of eating (such as in Macrobiotics and Traditional Chinese Medicine), eating too much animal food (yang) can lead to cravings for sweets (yin). Imbalances can also occur with too little animal protein (for some individuals). Through experimentation and intuition, you can find which foods create balance for you as an individual.
- Eliminate fat-free or low-fat packaged snack foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavour and fat, which will send you on the roller coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.
- Experiment with spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.
- Choose good quality fats and proteins in your diet, as when you have slow releasing foods it keep you satisfied for longer, keeps blood sugars levels more even, you will not have that fatigue and energy slump mid- morning/afternoon and grab that sweet treat!
Lets just have a little reminder of the impact your sugar cravings are having on your body…….
Always remember, the occasional treat is fine, if you keep it in you 80/20 rule, and the more wholesome forms of sugars, such as fruits, raw honey, maple or brown rice syrup etc. are, better choices, overall for your body. Remember it is always quality over quantity!
If you slip up, that’s ok. Remember rigidity around diet and exercise is never good for us. Acknowledge it happened, don’t give in or listen to negative self talk, then pick yourself up and follow the simple guidelines above. By doing so, you’ll curb those cravings, then gain better energy, focus, sleep and moods….who knows, you’ll most likely will loose a little weight along the way!
Contact me, if you need more guidance and help with any cravings or health goals.