Too much sugar can increase your chances of heart disease, diabetes, tooth decay, high blood pressure and even upset your sleeping patterns. It can also cause added weight gain and be harmful to the gut microbiome, which affects everything from digestion to depression.
Next time a craving strikes you, squash it with these tips.
1. Keep meals regularly scheduled
The worst thing you can do is let yourself get so hungry that you lose all control over your next food choice. So plan ahead, make sure you are not skipping meals.
2. Keep you meals diverse
Often people crave sugar because of imbalanced meals. Meals may lack fiber to keep you physically full or they can be low in protein to keep you satiated. Meals can also lack omega 3’s and micronutrients. All the macro- and micro- nutrients work together to keep your blood sugar stabilized and keep us satiated. this prevents sugar cravings. include more salad/ veg or green juices.
3. Eat naturally sweet snacks
When a craving hits, instead of running for the sweet drawer try something that will give you fuel. For example try making a trail mix with almonds, dried fruit, and a few cocoa nibs or see recipes here for date balls.
4. Get good quality sleep
It may seem unrelated to some, but the amount of sleep you get directly correlates with sugar cravings. We’ve all been there. You didn’t get a great night sleep, but you need to be productive the next day, so you depend on caffeine and sugar for a boost. It works in the short-term, but long-term it leads to a energy slumps and weight gain.
5. Keep hydrated
We often confuse our thirst for hunger, so before you grab the processed snack, drink a bottle of water, sparkling water or tea and see how you feel.