It’s 3pm and you could totally go for one of those brownies your co-worker brought in, however you know if you cave it will lead to a not-so-delicious sugar crash shortly after. Sugar cravings are totally natural. Oddly enough it’s the first craving we have after birth. Sugar is a carbohydrate and our bodies need a certain amount of carbs to keep going. The trick is to get those carbs from healthy sources. These days sugar cravings are made worse by a typical Western diet filled with processed foods and bad carbs. How can you curb that sugar craving the healthy way? Thankfully there are easy and natural ways to get rid of your sugar urge.
1. Combine sugar with something healthy.
Craving chocolate? Try dipping some bananas in melted dark chocolate. Gummy bears more your vice? Add a small helping of organic jam to greek yogurt. It’s way better than eating the processed sugar found in candy but still gets you a dose of what you’re after.
2. Take a walk.
A recent study shows that taking a brisk walk cures sugar cravings in overweight and obese people. Even if you’re not overweight, what better way to distract yourself from your craving then stepping outside and admiring the view. Getting the heart pumping will put the energy behind that craving somewhere else for a bit. By the time you get back you might not even want that brownie.
3. Avoid processed foods.
This one might seem like a no brainer but this includes those organic processed foods too. Processed foods are filled with additives and ingredients that leave us wanting more. This goes for those low calorie diet drinks too. Certain studies have shown that artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it’s getting the calories you need without actually getting them which then causes you to eat and drink even more than you would.
4. Drink water.
You might not be craving sugar at all. You might just be thirsty! The minute that sugar craving hits, try drinking an 8 oz glass of water and wait one minute. That craving might just mean that your body is slightly dehydrated. Once your insides have the water they need your craving should subside as well.
Prep some veggies early in the week so anytime you get a craving, you can reach for some chopped up carrots or broccoli. Eating smaller meals throughout the day can also help curb sugary cravings by keeping your blood sugar and energy levels steady throughout the day. Large lunches are known for causing an immediate spike and drop in blood sugar that only leaves you feeling tired.
6. Fermented foods and drinks
Foods like kimchi, kefir, kombucha and other fermented options boost the oh-so-important good bacteria that keeps your body from craving sugar to begin with. Even more evidence to prove that gut health is so very important. If your gut is happy your whole body will be happy.
A little sweet is ok but it’s important to know why we get cravings and how to curb them. Do you have a surefire way to curb your sugar cravings?