Proven Tips To Beat Sugar Cravings
Written by: Kat Gal
Sugar cravings are not fun. Period. Sometimes the only way to stop them seems to be eating more sugar. But when you are on a detox cleanse or simply aiming to eat healthy, whole foods, reaching for sugary junk food is not an option. That’s when sugar cravings get really difficult.
When you are doing a detox or starting to clean up your diet for the first time, the first days are the toughest. Your body is starting to flush out all the toxins and additives from your body. During this process your body (and mind) will likely crave foods that it’s used to eating, but being denied all of the sudden (including refined sugar, refined white flour and caffeine).
This is an absolutely normal process and you should not be ashamed or worried about it. But it doesn’t mean that you have to give in. There are ways to curb your cravings for processed sugar while detoxing and teaching your body to want healthier options.
Here Are 5 Proven Tips To Beat Your Sugar Cravings
#1. Eat Something Nourishing To Your Body
Cravings are often a sign that your body is lacking nutrients. Make sure to compensate for taking out all the unhealthy foods from your diet by eating plenty of nourishing foods instead. These foods should include a variety of sweet and non-sweet vegetables, leafy greens, healthy fats and high-quality protein. Detoxing and healthy eating doesn’t mean starvation.
Some excellent snack ideas include raw brazil nuts, other raw nuts and seeds, veggies dipped into guacamole or hummus, raw crackers, green smoothies and fresh fruit. If you are on a juice cleanse, make sure you drink plenty of green juices to meet your caloric and nutrient requirements. This can be anywhere from 6 to 10 32 oz glasses of juice. You may want to add some smoothies for dinner as well for more substance.
#2. Drink Plenty Of Fluids
You may be surprised, but it is possible that your sugar cravings are due to not drinking enough. Most detox diets involve taking in large amounts of fluids that not only help detoxification, but are also important for fighting cravings. When you have a craving for something sugary or processed, all it means is that your body is running low on its supply of the usual refined sugar and chemicals, because they are being flushed out during your cleanse. Drinking more fluids can speed up this process. As a result, it can help you to break your body’s addiction quicker.
Filling up on fluids can also curb your hunger, as well as entertain you to reduce emotional cravings and eating out of boredom. Make sure to drink plenty of water and herbal teas.
#3. Create New Habits
Your cravings can be related to boredom or just your normal habits. If you are used to having a ‘treat’ in the afternoon, going for dessert after dinner, or reaching for the candy jar as soon as you get home, your body and your mind will do everything to keep you at its usual routine. Break your routine by creating new habits.
When cravings hit, perhaps stand up and stretch, go for a walk on your break instead of snacking, take a yoga class after work instead of hitting the store for some snacks, curl up with a book and a warm cup of tea after dinner and eat a handful of nuts as a snack. It may not be easy at first, but your entire being will become accustomed to it and will learn to love your new habits.
#4. Remind Yourself Why You Are Doing This The First Place
When cravings hit, you may just want to run to the cookie jar, but stop for a moment and remind yourself why you started this in the first place. It is a good idea to journal about it, write out your frustrations, find motivation and work your way out of the not so great moments. Motivating sticky notes, inspiring images and vision boards can be great ways to help keep you motivated.
If you are still unsure why is it so important to stay away from processed sugar, here is a list of reminders:
- Processed sugar can suppress your immune system.
- It interferes with your body’s absorption of important nutrients, including magnesium and calcium.
- It reduces your body’s natural ability to fight infections.
- It makes you tired and unmotivated.
- It is terrible for your digestion.
- It may mess up your hormones.
- It is linked to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
- It is addictive and you don’t want to be controlled by it.
#5. Indulge In Naturally Sweet Foods
If all else fails, don’t worry. There are natural sweet options you can use to satisfy your cravings. First of all, don’t forget about fruits. Fruits are naturally sweet, yet they are healthy for you and are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Make sure you eat plenty of them.
Dates are an excellent option for some chewy, dense sweetness. They are nature’s candy and you can make date paste out of them to use instead of syrup and sweeteners. Honey is a natural sweet goodness that is packed with antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Honey is extremely healing, but don’t overindulge; one or two spoonfuls is enough. Stevia is a fantastic alternative as well that is very sweet and yet doesn’t raise your blood sugar. Add it to your teas and smoothies.
Remember, it will get easier as you go. Your body will naturally get used to life without processed sugar and start enjoying healthy whole foods more and more. Your mind and soul will be excited and energetic as well.
Also, remember: you are sweet enough naturally, you don’t need all the processed sweetness.
What do you think? What helps you to stay away from processed sugar? If you have any tips or questions, share them in the comments below. As always, we would love to hear from you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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