Sugar cravings are like a roller coaster ride that leaves you feeling high and low. Eating carbohydrates or sugary foods makes your feel good and energised for a couple of hours. Thereafter, you feel moody, agitated or lacking focus and craving for more sweets.
It is easy to over consume sugar as refined carbohydrates in processed foods and grains. Hidden sugar is found in bread, cakes, cereals, sodas, juices, cookies, crackers, yoghurt, sauces, etc.
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Excessive sugar intake throws the body’s systems out of whack. Some of the health damages caused by sugar are:
4. high blood pressure
5. worsen symptoms in ADHD sufferers
7. kidney problems
8. accelerates ageing process
9. tooth decay and gum disease
10. yeast infection
11. high cholesterol
12. Autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and asthma
13. liver disease
14. cardiovascular disease
15. depression….. and so forth.
Sugar is sweet to the palate but not to your health. If you suffer from sugar cravings, consuming sugary foods only makes you crave more of them. It’s a vicious cycle that repeats over and over again.
Are you fighting a losing battle to sugar addiction? Do you want to know how to curb your sugar cravings?
Check out these 10 tips on how to stop sugar cravings and regain your health…
1. Go cold turkey
Research has shown that avoiding carbs or sweets for a few days can help to get rid of sugar cravings.
2. Don’t keep sugary or processed foods
When you don’t have them in the house or at the office, you can’t eat them. Simple!
3. Choice of foods
Sugar cravings may be a sign that you are not eating nutritious foods. Your diet should consist of mainly natural whole foods. Fibre carbs, lean protein and healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, nuts) prevent insulin and blood glucose fluctuations and slow down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates in the form of sugar.
Limit your intake of refined or non-fiber carbohydrates, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.
4. Healthy snacks
If you want to satisfy your sugar cravings, have some vegetables, fruits, nuts or seeds. These are healthy snacks that are worth stocking.
5. Avoid skipping meals
When you are not eating enough or regularly, hunger can often be mistaken as sugar cravings. The latter is your body is telling you that it is not getting enough nutrients.
By sticking to a regular eating pattern, you can maintain a stable blood sugar level without falling victim to carbohydrate or sugar cravings.
6. Stress control
When the body is under stress, it releases cortisol hormone to help you cope. Unfortunately, this stress hormone also increases appetite and sugar cravings.
The best thing is to get rid of the stressor. Otherwise, keep stress level at the minimum by practising meditation, tai chi, deep breathing, taking a walk, going on a vacation, etc.
Hypnosis is also effective for stress relief. Check out this great: hypnosis stress management program.
Make sure you are getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night. This is one of the simplest ways to curb sugar cravings. Avoid staying up too late at night. Take a power nap during the day, if you need to.
Lack of sleep, tiredness and fatigue are likely to cause sugar cravings.
8. Brushing teeth
Somehow, brushing teeth gets rid of flavour in the mouth and stop your sugar cravings, too!
(Some people find gum chewing helps as well… maybe because of the mint/menthol, which is also a toothpaste flavour)
9. Habit change
Sugar craving can be a developed habit. Do you find yourself reaching for sweet treats after a meal, while watching television and when you are bored?
Break this habit by taking a walk, drinking water or green tea or hypnotherapy. New healthy habits take your mind off and stop, the craving for sweets.
Regular exercise increases insulin sensitivity and prevents spikes in blood glucose levels.
When your blood glucose levels are stable, you are less likely to crave for sweets. In addition, regular exercise is important for managing healthy body weight.