Here’s How To Stop Sugar Cravings:
1. Do a TOTAL ABSTINENCE from added sugars for the first month.
Some say it’s better to cut back sugar gradually because going cold turkey can lead to a binge later on. That was not the case with me. I totally abstained from ADDED SUGARS, I’ve gone cold turkey, and I didn’t binge on cookies nor chocolate afterward. Actually, what happened was total liberation from my sugar addiction. I think that moderation rarely works when getting off the sugar. Eating one cookie can trigger you to eat the whole box. In that first month, I avoided eating ALL added sugars, even healthier alternatives like honey and maple syrup. I did eat some low-sugar fruits like kiwi, oranges, berries, but I ate a very moderate amount: one serving per day, and only when I had a craving.
2. Stop DRINKING SODA and store-bought drinks – juices, flavored waters, etc.
Soda drinks and store-bought juices are loaded with added sugars and are highly addictive. They are worse than solid food since they’re quickly absorbed into the body. Instead of soda, I started drinking plain water – and LOTS of it. The water helped me flush toxins out of my body and reduced my craving for sweets. Since I’m a fan of flavored drinks, I did add few drops of lemon or grapefruit to my water bottle. I even tossed some berries in the glass. Lemon and other fruits not only gave a nice flavor to the plain water but also a vitamin boost, too.
3. Start EXERCISING
Exercise can help to improve mental function, reduce your risk for chronic disease and manage your weight.
Common types of exercise include aerobic, strength, calisthenics, HIIT, boot camps, flexibility, and stability. You can do them individually or combined.
4. Stop eating ALL STORE-BOUGHT PROCESSED FOODS.
According to the editors at Eatthis.com, in “21 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Stop Eating Processed Food,” not only will you lose weight faster, age slower, get fewer headaches, and have better hair, skin, and brain function, among others, you will actually start to hate processed foods
5. Eat HIGH-PROTEIN FOODS AND HEALTHY FATS.
High protein foods like eggs, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, quark cheese, and oats reduce sugar cravings while eating sufficient amounts of healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and nuts and seeds for breakfast helps to keep hormones balanced. Breakfast has become my favorite and most important meal of the day. It is now a part of my daily routine. I also learned how to make my breakfast well-balanced and super healthy. If you’re looking for inspiration,
6. Swap sugary snacks with a HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE.
In that first month, when I had a mad desire to eat something sweet, instead of sugary snacks like store-bought cookies, energy bars or flavored yogurts, I had a banana with unsweetened peanut butter or plain yogurt with blueberries. That snack swap removed my sugar craving, but also kept me fuller longer because peanut butter and yogurt contain protein and healthy fats in addition to the natural sugars in the banana and fruits that satisfied my sweet tooth.
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