7 Ways To Beat Your Sugar Cravings

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By The Holistic Goddess 

 

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Sugar really is the crack cocaine of the modern world. Sounds pretty serious doesn’t it? Maybe a little extreme?  Well, don’t let its ‘legal’ nature fool you. Sugar is a highly addictive and dangerous product. One that I strongly believe is responsible for many modern diseases.

Our bodies crave sugar, and when we really try to beat the cravings, our body responds in a nasty way. When we try to be rid of it, it becomes unbearable to keep going and relapse often seems like the only option.

However, when we flex our willpower muscles for long enough, the cravings will subside and we will no longer need the stuff.

Hers some easy ways to battle the cravings:

Clean out your cupboards

When you are tying to be rid of sugar its important not to have temptation within reach. It will be sure to get the better of you in a weak moment.

Drink Water

Dehydration can often be confused with sugar cravings. If you feel the need to indulge, try a glass of water first and see if the urge subsides.

Eat some nuts

Good fats will often tame a sugar craving, but it’s not instant, so wait 10-15 minutes after a handful of nuts.

Add cinnamon to your foods

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum cassia) has a very positive effect on our blood sugar levels- keeping them nice and stable.

Add a portion of protein to each meal

Protein is our satiety macro-nutrient. Studies show that protein sources can prolong satiety (keep you fuller for longer) more than carbohydrates, as they take longer to digest in the body. Protein stabilises blood sugar levels (slow release of energy into our cells), which is the key to more sustained energy levels and comfortable, healthy fat loss.

See Protein sources.

Distract yourself

Sometimes we can crave sugar just through boredom. Get up and do something to distract yourself. Go for a walk or go and put a load of washing on or call a friend. When you are entertained again, it’s unlikely that you will still be dreaming of that donut.

Don’t skip meals

Skipping meals can play with your blood sugar levels and cause them to drop increasing your chances of a binge. Eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks to ensure constant blood sugar levels and ensure that those meals are low GI, protein packed meals. It works a treat!

Sleep

Not enough sleep will increase your bodies hunger hormone Gherlin, which will increase your desire to snack. It also usually means higher carb content the following day too!

Start diarizing your food

This will make sure you are aware of what you are eating and how you are feeling at the time. Being in touch with what emotional triggers you are susceptible will mean that you can take control of how you respond.

Try and be mindful guys – it’s a nasty trap to be caught in and sugar really is a terrible thing for your body. Look after it and just be educated in your approach to your plates.

I really do believe that knowledge is power and the more educated we are when it comes to our health, nutrition and fitness the happier and healthier we are. My website is set up in an attempt to help girls on their journey to health. When we find the true meaning of health, weight loss and weight control can only be a positive side effect.

 

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Some of my fave sugar alternatives

There are lots of sugar replacements out there, but here are a few choices for you:

1. Raw honey – my fave sugar replacement. Wild honey is low in fructose and very tasty. I add honey to smoothies, my oats, in herbal tea and basically anything I feel needs a little sugar kick.

2. Maple syrup – great or baking and full of nutrients

3. Stevia- this is super sweet and you don’t need a huge amount of it. It doesn’t upset your blood sugar levels and is a naturally grown product. I personally don’t love the chalky taste of stevia, but many love it.

4. Dates – high in fiber and also super sweet and a great addition to brownie, muffin, homemade ice-cream or smoothie recipes for sweetness.

5. Coconut sugar – also has minimal affect of blood sugars

6. Molasses – rich in vitamins and minerals but very rich at the same time.

7. Agave nectar/syrup– although this sweet nectar has less calories than other sugars, it is important that you are mindful that it is quite heavily processed and therefore not one I promote for my clients.

Supplements to consider that reduce cravings ( with guidance from a nutritionist): Magnesium, chromium, B complex, Alpha-Lipoic acid, cinnamon ( cassia).

Chelle x

www.theholisticgoddess.com.au

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