Do you ever binge on sugar or simple carbs and feel awful afterwards?
I know I do. And I am especially guilty of this during the Holiday season. No judgment here.
After eating those cookies, we’re often left feeling fatigued, bloated, gassy, uncomfortable, or just down-right discouraged…
However, it’s not our fault. Sugar is incredibly addictive. We as a society are being afflicted by the effects of this dietary ingredient.
Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to curb sugar cravings and stop the vicious cycle of sugar eating!
Here are my top 5.
1. Eat More Protein.
Consuming protein with meals slows the rate at which sugar enters the bloodstream.
It is crucial to consume adequate protein with your meals and snacks to keep your blood sugar steady and avoid peaks and crashes that ultimately lead to sugar cravings.
Protein-rich foods include quality sources of nuts, seeds (including quinoa! ), beans and legumes, eggs, and sustainably produced, lean meats.
2. Don’t overcompensate after a fast.
Sometimes, when we fast, our blood sugar drops, causing us to crave carbs and sweets. This can also lead to overeating when we are really hungry.
In addition, we may delay eating when we’ve suppressed our appetite with caffeine, or when we’re busy at work, running around, or stressed that we don’t feel hungry until it’s too late!
Fasting for chunks of time throughout the day and night is generally good for your digestion and brain, but it’s possible to overdo it…especially at the beginning! The process of learning to fast is similar to working out a muscle. It may take some time and practice for your body to adjust to long periods of fasting if it is used to being fed constantly. Don’t wait until you’re ravenously hungry to eat!
3. Drink water.
Have you ever noticed that you crave sugar more when you’re thirsty?
This is probably because the original sweets in our diet were fruit, and fruit contains a lot of water!
If you find yourself craving sweets, drink a bottle of water and see if it helps!
If it doesn’t work, at least you got an additional 16 ounces of water! Score!
4. Create a home environment that fosters success.
You are much less likely to eat sweets like cookies, pastries, muffins, or candy when you don’t have them in the house.
Realize how addictive sugar is, and create a home environment that encourages healthy eating.
Even if you are the main grocery shopper and feel like you have to buy these things for your partner or children, YOU DON’T HAVE TO. Eventually, everyone will adapt, I assure you.
Sweets are often seen as a reward, or as something that our loved ones deserve and shouldn’t be denied.
This is an unhealthy way of thinking about something that is harmful to our health. In spite of the fact that they may not see it, you are doing yourself and them a favor!
5. Power through 5 days!
It’s no joke that we crave and become addicted to sugar! Occasionally, we are so engrossed that all you can do is go cold turkey and let your body reset.
For a few days, this can be challenging. Within three or four days of fighting the internal sweet tooth and resisting sweets, most people can choose sweets instead of needing them.
Want to kick your sugar cravings? Join the next 5 Day Nutrition Challenge by commenting below: “I want to take the Challenge” or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
You’ll lose your sugar cravings in no time. 💪