Today I thought I’d cover a topic that I’m sure we all struggle with from time to time, and that is how to stop sugar cravings!
One of the very best ways to reduce cravings overall is to follow a really clean wholefoods diet that does not include additional sugars. You’ll also want to reduce your overall carbohydrate load by either cutting out grains altogether, or reducing them to a small amount each day. When you are getting adequate nutrition from wholefoods the need to satisfy cravings on an everyday basis does decrease.
Of course if you’re at the very beginning of making a health transition, the job of managing sugar cravings can be a little more challenging. There is no doubt that managing sugar is an ongoing thing. Especially when we live in a society where we are surrounded by sugar and carbs left, right, and center.
That’s why I thought I’d share 5 practical things you can do to help. They are simple things but they really do work so make sure you give them a try.
5 Practical Things You Can Do To Stop Sugar Cravings
1. Clean out the pantry
The very first thing you want to do to try to avoid the sugar is to clean out the pantry of all signs of sugary things! It’s just too easy to go and reach for something sweet if it’s right there in front of your face. If it’s not there, at least when you’re at home you won’t go eat it. And if your family eats foods you don’t, then set up different areas in your pantry or set aside different cupboards. The stuff you choose to not to eat goes elsewhere and jiust segment it out of your mind for good.
2. Use a supplement
Supplements can help a lot when it comes to controlling sugar cravings. Gymnema sylvestre is a great herb used in India for centuries that helps to kill sugar cravings and regulate blood sugar levels. Chromium also helps to assist the body to stabilise the blood sugar so you don’t get the ups and downs and can override those cravings much easier.
Here’s a couple of places online you can purchase these supplements if you choose:
My US Friends:
Gymnema Capsules – taking gymnema on it’s own will be sufficient to overcome the cravings
Vital Nutrients - a combo of ginseng, holy basil, gymnema, chromium and cinnamon.
My Australian Friends:
Ethical Nutrients - have a good supplement that combines gymnema, cinnamon, alpha linoic acid and chromium. I think the Ethical Nutrients brand are pretty good and don’t have any added preservatives and so forth.
Nutra-life Blood sugar balance formula – combines almost the same ingredients as ethical nutrients with the addition of siberian ginseng and a few other vitamins.
3. Whatever you do, don’t eat sugar
The worst possible thing you can do is go eat sugar or chow down on the carbs like eat a load of bread or pasta. When you do this it just feeds the beast and your small craving for sugar can turn into an all out sugar and carb bender! Has that happened to you before?
Suddenly you feel like you can’t control yourself and you’re binge eating on every sugary, carb loaded thing possible. It sure has happened to me before and it’s no fun at all, especially afterwards when you feel bad physically and you start beating yourself up emotionally. Let’s all make the smart decision to use different strategies to beat the sugar cravings and avoid feeling bad okay
You can try eating an apple, some berries, or some carrot sticks and almond butter instead. Carry a small bag of nuts in your bag for emergency situations. Make sure you chew them well to release all the fats. Have a ‘go to’ food available that you can turn to in times of need. Just don’t eat the sugar.
4. Increase the fat
Eating more fat can help to reduce cravings for sugar. Try including more avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, or flaxseed oil into your diet. If you get a craving for sugar, eat half an avocado instead or have 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil. And just like I said above, carry that bag of emergency nuts wherever you go. If you eat a dose of good fat, your craving will soon be gone!
5. Drink more water
I find my cravings for sugar increase when I’m dehydrated so be sure to get your daily intake of water. I fill up a 1.5 liter bottle every morning and carry that with me throughout the day. I have to get through at least that bottle every single day. I’ve made a habit of doing this because if I don’t I soon forget to drink enough and I’ve gone all day on just 2 glasses and that’s really not enough. And when my water intake is high I definitely don’t get as many cravings. So if you have a craving try drinking a huge glass of water, I bet it helps.
So I hope that sheds a bit of light on how to stop sugar cravings and gives you a few practical strategies you can use next time they grab you.
If you need a guide to help you quit sugar, I recommend the sugar detox guide.
Your health is your wealth,
P.S. Please share this post with your friends to help them fight the sugar beast too, I’m sure they’ll thank you for it