“It’s okay, I’m going on a diet on Monday.” “I’m gonna eat so many sweets today, let it out of my system, then tomorrow I’m watching what I’m eating.” “I lasted a whole day without sugar, I can have a little piece now in the evening.” “I crushed my workout today, better reward myself with something sweet.” Any of these sound familiar?
I’m not the one to promote any type of diet or some weight loss products but instead a healthy, balanced lifestyle. We all know that too much of anything can with time have a bad impact on our health. With that said, fighting sugar cravings is a battle most of never win. We give up. It’s not about your body needing energy but your brain needing a reward. I’ve been down the same road many times and I admit, it’s difficult to fight and control cravings. Although, I found a couple of ways that help me best to stay on track and curb sugar cravings once and for all and I want to share them with you today!
How To Stop Sugar Cravings With 5 Steps
Have you ever heard someone say that thirst can be mistaken for hunger or food cravings? It’s true. Sometimes the body can misinterpret signals from the brain and when you feel like you’re craving certain food chances are you’re just thirsty. Next time you’re craving something sweet drink a large glass of water instead of reaching for chocolate or candy.
If the craving goes away you were probably thirsty. On the other hand, if the craving still exists continue reading to see what else can help you curb sugar cravings. Aside from helping to reduce cravings, drinking water has many benefits. Such as keeping your energy levels high, your brain sharp, your physical performance at maximum, your digestion easier and many more.
We all know by now – we should eat protein with every meal of the day. There’s a good reason for that. Protein is one of the three basic macronutrient components and a key one to reduce mindless snacking and binge eating. A high-protein diet has great benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.
By reducing ghrelin (hunger hormone) and increasing peptide YY levels (hormone that makes you feel full) protein helps you feel more full with less food. So if you have protein with every meal you’re bound to eat healthier and feel satisfied for longer. Putting that all together and it’s not hard to conclude that increasing your protein intake is one of the best methods to reduce sugar cravings.
OUT OF SIGHT…
Out of mind. In my opinion, one of the best methods to reduce sugar cravings and any other unhealthy cravings. When there’s no cookies, chocolate or candy lying around then there’s no way you’ll eat it. Instead, place a fruit basket on your table and have walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc. lying around in cupboards/pantry when you feel like snacking.
MEAL PLANNING AND FOOD PREP.
I’m gonna be honest, I love watching meal prep videos but I get intimidated by the idea. I always wanted to make things easier for myself by making a week full of meals in one day, buuuut I never managed to. Luckily, I came across the amazing Lisa Bryan and her Downshiftology YouTube channel. Her food prep videos gave me amazing ideas and made things so much easier. Here is her summer meal and food prep and I highly recommend you watch it.
Aside from prepping food, I suggest you plan out your meals. On paper only. Each Sunday write down what you want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week ahead. Doing this will greatly help you curb sugar cravings. You’ll know exactly what you’ll eat and you’ll have healthy food prepped and ready to eat leaving no room for you to even think about sweets.
Last but not any less important is mindful eating. In fact, eating mindfully is one the key ways to help you curb sugar cravings. Mindful eating is about being present while you eat, slowing down, feeling all the tastes on your tongue, the texture of the food and chewing thoroughly. Forget about watching TV and scrolling on your phone while you eat.
Now be honest and tell me when was the last time you ate without such distractions? Eating mindfully helps you recognize the difference between cravings and actual hunger. It helps you choose your response instead of acting impulsively. Try it with your next meal and see the change!
With that I shall conclude today’s short but sweet blog post. Yesterday we moved into our new place and things have been hectic. However, we can now finally slow down, finish decorating the place stress free and enjoy what we did :). Thought I’d give you guys a little update. Tell me in the comments some big changes in your life and of course, let me know what helps you best in reducing and avoiding sugar cravings!