Hello divas! I hope that you have had a fabulous week and are ready for another great weekend ahead. So if you have been following the blog for awhile, you know that I have been working hard this year on my nutrition. Specifically I have been trying to eat clean as much as possible. Which means I have also been trying to wean myself off of sugar. And let me tell you, it has been hard. I mean I have a serious sweet tooth ya’ll. Growing up in the south where I am surrounded by pumpkin pies and apple pies and jams and jellies and pound cake has not helped me in this at all. This is not good for me and not good for my diet. Today I am sharing 6 easy ways to stop sugar cravings.
I know what I should be eating. I know the number of calories I should be consuming. I know that my metabolism is practically non-existent thanks to my PCOS so the number of calories is actually lower than I would like. It’s just putting into practice what I know that seems to be the problem. Eating lots of simple carbohydrates (such as sweets) can quickly satisfy hunger and give your body a short-term energy boost. However, just as quickly as they satisfy that craving, it is gone. These simple carbs just don’t last long. Which leaves me going back for more or a bigger portion. So here are a few tips that I am trying to incorporate into my diet to help me conquer my sweet tooth.
Give in just a little and combine foods. One thing that I found helps is to have just a little bit of sugar to help satisfy the craving for all things sweet. I will eat super well all day long so that I can have a small bowl of frozen yogurt after dinner. Or I will take a banana and dip it in some Nutella for an afternoon snack. Just a little bit of sweetness seems to help me not indulge in an entire bag of Oreos.
Go cold turkey. Another way to stop the cravings is to not eat sweet things at all. Clean out the pantry and get rid of anything sugary. Give up sodas (which I generally don’t drink by the way). Skip the desserts. Everything. While this works for some, it is not something I could do. Besides, it is so difficult to get rid of all sugar. It is in so many of the foods we eat.
Eat some fruit. Fruit is a great option to stop the sugar attack.You’ll get fiber and nutrients along with some sweetness. I always try to include some fruit as snacks when I go to work each day. It helps keep me away from the vending machine and that Snickers bar my eyes keep finding. I love grapes for this. They are super easy to snack on throughout the morning as needed.
Eat frequently. Cravings are often worse when I’ve either skipped a meal and/or had a drop in our blood sugar. To combat this I typically have 3 (hopefully) balanced meals a day and about 2-3 snacks (mid-morning, mid-afternoon and the aforementioned small bowl of frozen yogurt). This helps steady my metabolism and blood sugar to prevent the cravings or my feeling like I am starving to death.
Avoid artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners, like Saccharin or Aspartame, may sound like a good option. But they usually make me have more cravings for sweets. I will admit that I sometimes use these but do so sparingly and only if I have no other choice but real sugar. For my sweeteners (such as for my coffee or tea), I try to have the most natural sugars I can such as maybe some honey in my tea.
Take a walk. When all else fails, get up and walk away. If I am sitting somewhere doing nothing but thinking about how much I really want a piece of cake or that candy bar, I try to get up and moving. preferably away from the temptation. This is not always the easiest thing to do – for instance walking down the hall at work leads to the vending machine. But just trying to focus on something else can help.
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Do you have a sweet tooth? How have you learned to deal with sugar cravings?
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