Oh, the sweet tooth. It can be extremely demanding and down right hard to tame.
If you have a sweet tooth, you probably often reach for the cookies, cake, pie, ice cream or any other sweets available for a mid-afternoon snack or after dinner dessert.
There’s no doubt about it – eating sugar on a regular basis will get in the way of weight loss goals or, worse yet, make you gain weight. Over consumption of sugar can also greatly affect health.
How can you control your sugar cravings?
Next time your sugar craving hits, grab fruit instead. Fruit is sweet enough for your taste buds and will provide an energy boost with the nutritional benefits. Strawberries, raspberries, bananas, peaches…any fruit will do!
When you’re hungry, your blood sugar levels are low. This can lead to sugar cravings because your brain is looking for a boost of energy. Eat 3 meals a day and healthy snacks in between to continually satisfy hunger throughout the day.
It’s so simple, yet so many people still do not get enough sleep. When you are drowsy, you will seek out anything to give you a little energy to get through the day. Sleep 8-9 hours a night so you do not turn to sugar during the day to stay awake.
Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg have health benefits and add naturally sweet flavor to foods. Try replacing sugar with sweet spices in some of your recipes. You won’t even notice the difference!
Avoid the Inner Aisles
Have you ever noticed the inner aisles of the grocery store usually have artificially flavored and processed foods? Stick to the outer produce aisles to avoid buying sugary snacks. The more whole foods you eat, the more you will nourish your body, resulting in less sugar cravings. Plus, if you have no sugary snacks in your cupboards, you won’t be able to give in when the sugar temptation comes around.
Sometimes we feel hungry when all the body really wants is water. Next time you’re about to reach for a sugary snack, pour yourself a glass of water instead. You can even mix in a splash of 100% cranberry juice to add some sweet flavor. After a full glass of water, you will most likely feel satisfied and your sugar craving will fade away.
Bottom line, sugar cravings are usually the result of hunger, tiredness and habit. Your sweet tooth is really just your brain looking for an immediate energy boost.
These are just a few simple tips for cutting out sugar from your diet and reducing cravings. You could go cold turkey, but you will most likely be successful if you make small changes in your diet and habits. If you keep yourself full with healthy foods, take care of yourself and avoid buying sweets, you will experience less sugar cravings and start feeling the health benefits.