If you’ve given up sugar, or you’re just trying to cut down, we’re sure fighting against those sugar cravings is becoming a real burden. With fast food on a continuous rise and daily sweet treats becoming the ‘in thing,’ cravings can be a real struggle to manage, and to turn down. If you’re used to eating sugar regularly, going cold turkey and even cutting down your intake can spur on real cravings, so were here to help you kill those irritating urges.
By following our 8 simple tips, you’ll find it so much easier to kill those sugar cravings and if you want to, eventually cut it out for good, leaving you with a healthier and happier lifestyle!
Avoid junk food:
This sounds like the obvious solution, but research has proven that sugar is as addictive as cocaine; therefore, the more you eat, the more you crave. Try to swop your chocolate bar in your lunchbox for some fruit, or try using sweeteners in your coffee rather than sugar. This is definitely easier said than done, but once you get past the first hurdle, your cravings will vanish quickly and dramatically. And if you’re not sure which sweeteners are good for you, then do check out our blog post on Sweeteners to Avoid and Healthy Alternatives for more inspiration and suggestions.
Drink plenty of water:
When your belly starts to rumble, or you feel a sugar-craving coming on, instead of reaching for the biscuit tin try drinking some water. The majority of the time when you’re feeling hungry, all your body is really doing is craving water. By drinking water you can avoid snacking on unhealthy foods, which will then make it easier for you to cut your sugar cravings for good.
Try to get a good night’s sleep
By getting a good nights sleep, you wake feeling refreshed and well rested, so you’re therefore less likely to crave sugar for a ‘pick me up’ throughout the day. A lot of people use sugar in the forms of energy drinks, fizzy drinks and sweets to get them through a hardworking day, however having a good nights sleep can do this for you, but without the negative repercussions.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast
We’ve all been told a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but its true! Eating breakfast not only keeps you full until lunch, but it also gives you energy that will slowly release to keep you going throughout your day. This will therefore stop you snacking on sugary sweets and treats, and if you feel a mid afternoon slump coming on, grab a piece of fruit to give you a release of sugar, but in a natural form!
Make sure you exercise, and preferably outdoors
By doing a short period of exercise every day, even if it’s just a short walk to clear your mind, it can work wonders for your sugar cravings. A fitness class, a jog or gentle dog walks are all great for unwinding, clearing your mind and taking your thoughts away from your cravings. Exercising will also help you to work up an appetite for your next meal, taking your attention away from grabbing a snack in-between.
Eat chocolate! (the dark stuff)
Don’t panic! While you may have to give up your milk chocolate favourites, Mars bars, Twirls and so on… you can still eat chocolate without consuming too much sugar. Eating dark chocolate that is 90% cocoa can actually be reasonably good for you (if eaten in moderation.) It can help improve your heart health and lower your blood pressure, while still giving you that tasty, sweet fix!
Light a sweet smelling candle:
While this may seem odd, lighting your favourite vanilla candle can stop you from giving in to your sugar cravings. A study has shown that by immersing yourself in a sweet scent, such as a candy flavoured candle, your cravings for sugar can disappear as you trick your mind into thinking you have consumed sugar! A little far-fetched maybe, but we think it’s definitely worth a try!
Eat balanced meals
By eating a balanced meal which leaves you feeling fulfilled, you’re far less likely to give in to sweet treats to satisfy your cravings. A study has proven that your cravings tend to peak when you’re feeling stressed or malnourished, so eating a healthy, protein based meal will help you feel full throughout the day, thus stopping you from giving in to those unhealthy snacks.
By following these steps you’ll find your cravings for sugar will slowly disappear, making it easier for you to cut down, or give it up for good!
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