8 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH SUGAR ADDICTION
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a hard time saying no to something sweet! For some, eliminating or reducing our sugar intake isn’t as easy as just telling ourselves that we’re not going to have added sugar. Sugar in general, but especially processed white sugar, is highly addictive. Here are some tips to curb your sweet tooth!
Reduce or eliminate caffeine
The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, and may cause sugar cravings. Besides that, most caffeinated drinks have added sweeteners and creams with added sugar. If you feel like caffeine is too hard to let go of right now, look for non dairy and no sugar creamers — my favorite happens to be by NutPods since the taste and consistency are PERFECT plus they have zero grams of sugar and carbs.
Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of DEHYDRATION. Before you go for the sugar, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes. Did you know that cravings last 3-5 minutes? WAIT. IT. OUT. We can do a lot in 3-5 minutes.
Eat naturally-sweet vegetables and fruit
When you eat naturally sweet vegetables and fruit you ‘crowd out’ your sugar cravings. The act of crowding out is exactly what it sounds like. You’re filling yourself up with good stuff leaving no room for less nutritious stuff. Eventually, it will be come second nature to grab the nectarine instead of the candy.
Avoid artificial sweeteners & foods with added sugar
There are a lot of gentle sweeteners out there that are better like honey, pure maple syrup, coconut sugar and monk fruit.
Get physically active
Start with simple activities like walking. Being active helps balance blood sugar levels, boost energy, and reduce tension, decreasing the likelihood that you’ll want to self-medicate with sugar. Runners high is a real thing!
Get more sleep, rest, and relaxation
Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, are the most readily-available source of energy for an exhausted body and mind. If you’re in a state of chronic stress and/or sleep deprivation, your body will crave the quickest form of energy available – sugar. This can also be in the form of FAST FOOD.
Experiment with spices
Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom will naturally sweeten your food and reduce cravings. I used to only be able to have cinnamon with added sugar in it because I just that it tasted better. Now since I’ve been crowding out added sugar for years I can enjoy, appreciate, and TASTE the natural sweetness of cinnamon all on it’s very own.
Slow down and find sweetness in non-food ways!
Cravings almost always have a psychological component. By identifying the underlying causes of food cravings and making lifestyle adjustments accordingly, you can find balance and take charge of your health.