Be Well. Lynn
A DOZEN WAYS TO REDUCE SUGAR CRAVINGS
1. Stay Hydrated
Drink a glass of water when the craving starts and wait a few minutes; add lime or lemon for flavor.Try to go for 50 ounces a day. If you exercise regularly have at least an additional eight ounces for every hour you exercise.
2. Eat Sweet Veggies
Sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, parsnips, onions, winter squash, beets, corn. Roasting helps bring out their natural sweetness.
3.Balance your plate
Give your body nutrient rich food. With every meal and snacks include high quality protein, good fats (EVOO, unrefined coconut oil, olives, nuts, seeds, avocados, organic butter), and good carbs (whole grains, fruits, & veggies).
4. Balance your blood sugar
Eat every 3-4 hours with the foods mentioned in # 3. Avoid eating 3 hours before bed.
5. Reduce or eliminate caffeine
The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, causing sugar cravings to be more frequent.
6. Eliminate Processed Snack Foods
Avoid fat-free, low-fat packaged snack foods. Sugar has been substituted for taking out the fat. Many snacks are made with white flour, which the body sees as sugar.These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavor and fat, which will send you on the roller-coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.
7. Spice it Up
Experiment; coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom naturally sweeten food.
8. Exercise. Need I say more?
9. 7-8 Hours of sleep
Not getting enough sleep drives sugar and carb cravings.
Stress can trigger hormones that activate cravings.
11. Eliminate Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners
Refined sugar, sodas, fruit juices can be big triggers. The body responds to artificial sweeteners as if they were sugar. Some experts recommend going cold turkey with this. Recognize how your individual body responds to these substances and you decide what works best for you.
12. Slow down and find sweetness in non-food ways!
Every craving is not a signal that your body biologically requires sugar. Cravings often have a psychological component. By identifying the psychological causes of food cravings and making lifestyle and relationship adjustments accordingly, you can begin to find balance and take charge of your health. When life becomes sweet enough itself, no additives are needed.
Take 5 minutes before sleep. Consider: how the day went, what you are grateful for, and anything else you wish to add. Staying aware of what you are doing and why you are doing it is a great way to succeed.