One of the most difficult things I’ve had to deal with when on a diet is fighting those nasty sugar cravings, every were I go I see candy, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, cakes, Chocolate Covered Cheese Cake on a Stick! Lord, it’s like the world is against me.
How am I expected to have a healthy diet? Cutting back on sugar does improve your health and here are 5 little tips I like to keep in mind to keep my sweet tooth in check.
1 – Avoid processed food.
Non-processed foods are healthier as we all know. Specially because most processed foods have added sugar, you might think its because sugar makes it taste better but most of that sweet tooth urge comes from addiction, YES, sugar is addictive, almost as much as cocaine, the more you eat, the more you want, and processed foods have a lot of it.
Americans eat an average of 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day.
2 – Eat more healthy fats, proteins and fiber.
Yes, there is such a thing as healthy fats, you can find them in avocados, seeds, nuts and vegetable oils, try to use these on a daily basis when ever you have your meals.
Good protein sources are fish, eggs, lean meats and beans, just try to stay away from that caned stuff, canned beans tend to have a lot of added fat, but not the good kind.
Fiber can be found in vegetables, cereals, berries, nuts and seeds
Healthy fats, protein and fiber will keep you full and keep your blood sugar steady. When your blood sugar levels are steady you overcome sugar cravings.
So when you cook that delicious steamed rice try to throw in some avocado slices, maybe some steamed squash and crushed nuts. I’m getting hungry already!
3- Boost you Serotonin
Sero…. what?. Serotonin, it’s a hormone, commonly known as the happiness hormone, there are several ways you can increase the levels of serotonin in your system; exercise, good sleep and Food!When I say food I mean a balanced diet, don’t just start gobbling that left over pizza that’s in the fridge.
When you have plenty of serotonin you are less likely to have sugar cravings.
4 – Have a natural sweet treat
If you usually eat artificial sweets, maybe after lunch and dinner, you can either try to take it down to once a day or even better, replace those artificial sweets for natural sweets. Its really easy to find natural sweets, just take a stroll down the fruit section in your grocery store, any fruit is likely to be a good source of natural sweets, and there are different combinations you can prepare to make them even more tasty like frozen fruit with cocoa powder, apple with walnuts, Chia seed pudding and almond milk with cinnamon. Yummy!
5 – Have seaweed snacks
This doesn’t mean you should head to the closest beach and start licking al the green gooey stuff off the rocks, supermarkets have a variety of seaweeds already scraped off the rocks for you. Seaweeds are rich in vitamins and minerals, and even have more minerals then vegetables grown in soil. A popular choice for this is the Nori seaweed, you can find it in almost any grocery store, they’re the ones used to make sushi, they come in different sizes so if you look for the small ones you can eat them like chips. The minerals included in see vegetables will replace the need of sugar.
There you have it, 5 easy tips to win that fight against sugar cravings. Sometimes its harder to quit Cold Turkey, so try to ease in to it. Start taking away those sugar treats little by little.
If you found this information useful, try checking out this video on “How to get rid of sugar cravings”.