Tips to stop sugar craving

Like any other habit, turning to sugar can be a tough one to kick. Totally shunning sweet delights can sometimes increase your temptation towards sweets. It seems like the more sweets and desserts you have, the more you are waiting for the next hit.  So, instead of running away from satiating your sugar craving, try to curb it once in a while, suggest experts.

Here’s what they have to say: There isn’t a single cure-all to this problem, but in general, the less sweets you eat, the less you’ll crave them.

Denial is not the answer: Denying you sweet foods completely is likely to result in sugar cravings and encourage bingeing. A little of the sweet stuff is fine in moderation and a small serving of your favorite pudding will help satisfy a sweet tooth. Have with a meal to reduce the effect on blood sugar levels.

Get enough sleep: According to Martin Budd, naturopath and author of “Why Am I So Exhausted”, when we are tired, we often use sugar. So make sure you actually do build in proper sleep.

Get spicy: You could also try flavoring food and drinks with vanilla or spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon and cardamom.

Keep moving: Often our little sugar treats especially after a meal is often more a habit or a way of dealing with emotional issues. Before you take a bite, stop and think about why you are doing this and work through that emotion.

Try a detox: Max Tuck, author of book “Whole Body Solutions”, says that introducing lots of greens into the diet, raw and preferably juiced with vegetables such as celery and cucumber, are not only detoxing but help to regulate blood sugar by providing protein, and also minerals that are responsible for maintenance of blood sugar levels. Likewise, the green leaves provide an excellent source of magnesium, the “stress mineral” that many people are deficient in. Juicing greens provides whole-body benefits.

Take care of nutrient deficiencies: Nutrient deficiencies can make cravings worse and the fewer nutrient deficiencies, the fewer cravings. Certain nutrients seem to improve blood sugar control including chromium, vitamin B3 and magnesium.

Clean out the cupboards and refrigerator of unhealthy foods and tempting treats. Make it a team effort. Hold each other accountable and support one another through the tough times. As hard as it might be to believe, you CAN quit the sugar habit. Not only will you probably lose some weight, but you will feel better and more energetic.