Have you ever wondered exactly how much sugar you add to your diet each and every day?
Well, I counted… and it wasn’t pretty.
If you add a teaspoon (or two) to your coffee in the morning, a sprinkle on your cereal and another spoon (or two) to your late night cuppa you are already adding a lot.
But what about all that hidden added sugar?
Muesli bars, chocolate, cakes, donuts, biscuits… Even the so-called ‘healthy’ options can be loaded with sugar.
It’s no wonder we struggle to beat the addiction and the cravings.
If you do want to eat a little healthier and cut back on the sugar but you’re finding the afternoon cravings are ruining all your hard work, here are a few suggestions.
Drink More Water
Dehydration can cause cravings so make sure you are well hydrated. We should be drinking around 2 litres of water each day (4.22 pints).
Starting your day with a glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice is the perfect way to stop your sweet tooth in its tracks.
Eat More Fruit
Grabbing an apple, banana, or orange is a great way to indulge in something sweet yet healthy and it wont set you off on a sugar craved rampage through the pantry!
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
Just like the real stuff, artificial sweeteners can cause cravings. You want to get your body (and brain) used to not having sugar.
Eat More Protein
Protein helps keep you fuller for longer as well as keeping cravings at bay. Add a portion of protein you every meal and you will soon find your desire for dessert diminishing!
Get a Good Nights Sleep
A good nights sleep is vital for overall good health – just ask any new parent how they’re feeling during that first week at home (unless they are blessed with a baby that sleeps all night!)
You can’t feel (or look) your best if you don’t get enough sleep. And, unfortunately, lack of sleep is another reason we find ourselves reaching for the sugar laden comfort foods.
Easier said than done! But, unfortunately, stress can be a major trigger for sugar cravings.
Take a Good Multi-Vitamin
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause cravings.
We don’t always eat the right amount of ‘good’ foods, so a good multi-vitamin may help keep your body running in top condition at all times.
Go For A Walk
Fresh air and exercise are the perfect ways to take your mind off your cravings. It will also help you calm your mind and ease your stress as well.
Even better, if you have a dog, take him/her along too. Research suggests dog owners live longer than non-owners and also recover better from major illness and operations.
So dogs really are wo/mans best friend.
Just remember to take a bottle of water with you so you don’t get dehydrated.
If All Else Fails…
Keep some dark chocolate and fresh berries in the fridge just in case you have a really bad day and just can’t cope without a pick-me-up.
You can also try my sugar craving water recipe. Sip it throughout the day and you won’t want anything sweet.
Curb Your Sugar Cravings Drink
1 litre water
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 lemon slices
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a one litre water bottle and drink throughout the day. Refill as needed.
You can curb your sugar cravings. It will take time and a little will power but with the above suggestions you will be well on your way to kicking the habit.
If you have any other ideas for helping to beat sugar cravings, please let us know in the comments below.
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