If you are one of those people who constantly find themselves craving for a sugary treat, then you might have sugar cravings.
The causes of these cravings can vary a lot among people, but in general can be due to hormonal imbalances especially in insulin and serotonin, unhealthy diets, stress and fatigue, as well as various eating disorders. These cravings can also somehow be linked to emotional eating.
Do you know that sugar is a kind of drug? Yes, in fact the more sweets you take in, the more your body will ask for it the next time.
Here are five easy tips that can help you overcome your cravings for sugar:
1- Do not ever start your day with a sweet breakfast: As I mentioned before, sugar is a drug. If you are going to start your day with a donut and a juice for example, you will raise your insulin level and will feel a craving for more sweets for the rest of the day.
Instead, a cup of milk with cereals, an omelet or even a sandwich with turkey and cheese are great options to start with.
2- Brush your teeth after having breakfast, lunch and dinner: This method works a lot. The taste of the toothpaste will do a lot to reduce or prevent your cravings. If, after 10 minutes, you still want sweets, chew a menthol gum.
3- Remove your temptations: Go through your refrigerator, and get rid of all cakes, ice cream, and cheesecakes. Do the same in your office; remove all those tempting cravings from your drawer. Out of Sight, out of mind.
Leave some nuts, some dry fruits, and just one piece of dark chocolate to satiate your sweet tooth. Remember that you need some sweets during the day, for you not to binge on it later on.
4- Go for high quality snacks: That means you need to read labels and thus make healthy choices. Instead of having a whole candy bar, go for the small piece of chocolate that says 70 percent dark chocolate. Instead of the milky ice cream scoop, choose the sorbet which is half the sugar and calories.
Instead of milkshakes and juices, make a fresh fruit salad, add some sweeteners to it, or why not a little light chocolate syrup.
5- Do not skip any of your three meals: Avoid skipping meals (especially breakfast) and have small frequent meals every 2 to 3 hours to keep your blood sugar level stable. This method will also eliminate your body’s need for a quick sugar fix.
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