Are you one of those people who crave sugar? I used to be a total sugar junkie! I would always reach for something sweet in the late afternoon as a pick me up or after dinner as my dessert. It was starting to get a bit out of control! So I decided to limit my sugar intake to see how I felt. I did not realize how much better I felt when I didn’t have as much sugar in my diet. Don’t get me wrong I still love dessert and dark chocolate (72% or higher), but now I am able to control those cravings and manage them better. Having dessert or a sweet treat is fine in moderation, however I find that if I eat too much sugar my body starts to crave it and then I just keep wanting more.
Did you know that women should only consume 25 grams of added sugar a day and men no more than 38 grams. That is a low number. Only 6 teaspoons a day!
A lot of my friends, family and gym goers ask me about controlling sugar cravings. I thought I would share a few ways to ditch the sugar addiction to feel and look your best.
Eat Real Food
Cut out the processed foods. Most of them have added sugar which is not needed. Be aware of hidden sugar in yogurt, sauces, salad dressings and some breads.
Find A Swap
I love RX bars! They are my current favorite bar. These taste like dessert to me. Or try banana “ice cream.” Simply freeze a frozen banana in chunks throw it into the food processor or high powered blender add a splash of milk and process. I like to add a little PB2, natural peanut butter or some chocolate protein powder as well.
Get the sugar out of the house!
If I have the stuff in my house I am more tempted to eat it, my hubby will eat it and so will my kiddos. I cannot keep the stuff around. It is too tempting. Keep the temptation away.
Ditch the artificial sweeteners
Consuming large amounts of artificial sweeteners (including stevia) can make your crave sugar. There have also been studies showing increased weight gain with artificial sweeteners a well. If you can’t totally get rid of them choose stevia or monk fruit and limit the amounts you consume.
Add more healthy fats and protein
Not only are these healthy they will also help you feel more satisfied. I always have almonds on hand for my afternoon cravings. Sometimes I pair them with an orange or an apple and it always leaves me satisfied.
Drink tea after dinner
I like to drink tea in the evening while watching TV or when I feel that craving kick in. I like to drink Tulsi Tea (it helps for sleep), Licorice tea, or any tea that I have on hand. I stick to decaf in the evening.
Brush your teeth
If you crave sweets after dinner and want to try to avoid reaching into that candy dish. Brush your teeth or chew gum. For me this always works because I don’t want to brush my teeth again and the sweets won’t taste the same after toothpaste.
Choose fresh fruit instead of candy. Not only will it curb those sugar cravings it is full of vitamins, minerals, water and fiber too.
If you crave chocolate (like I do) it could mean you are deficient in magnesium. Try to add magnesium rich foods like leafy greens, beans and nuts into your diet. Or consult with your doctor about a magnesium supplement. I take magnesium every night and it helps me sleep! Check out these additional benefits of magnesium in this post.
I hope these simple tips help you conquer that sweet tooth. I have to remind myself how I feel after eating too much sugar and how hard it is to get off the stuff. When I am not eating sugar I feel more energized, sleep much better, my skin looks so much better and I just feel better in general. Believe me it is tough to kick it at first, but sooooo worth it! I hope you all have an amazing week!