If you’ve been thinking about consuming less sugar at any point, you’ve probably begun to notice that sugar is in just about everything. Everyone is familiar with the concept that sweets and other baked foods sold in convenience stores aren’t the only foods that contain sugar, but the love affair with sugar goes much deeper. How then, would it be possible for anyone to get away from eating sugar? Here I share 9 simple ways to help you decrease your sugar cravings.
1. Make Protein a Meal Staple
Protein is great for the body, and also happens to aid in the control of blood sugar. Try adding an amount of protein to your meal periods. This doesn’t mean that it always has to be meat, as many other alternatives are available, for instance I take protein good quality high protein powders as part of my daily supplements and I mix these in my smoothies or coconut milk.
2. Find a Good Multivitamin
The primary physical source of food craving is a nutrient deficiency. Taking a well balanced multivitamin will help you to avoid cravings. For the best effect, take the multivitamin with food.
3. Sleep Well
Sugar is often used as a way to boost energy when tired. Getting good rest will help you avoid this crash.
4. Don’t Keep It Available!
If you don’t buy it on grocery trips, you will be less inclined to eat it. Empty out your fridge and pantry so that next time you want a snack, you have no choice but to go for a healthy, sugar-free one.
5. Make it a Habit to Read Labels
There are a variety of products available to help you avoid high sugar intake. Read labels and research which products fit into your lifestyle.
6. Know Sugar’s Other Names
To make the previous tip more effective, you will need to become familiar with some of the other names for sugar such as: corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and dextrose. Any ingredient ending with -ose is a form of sugar, so read the ingredient list carefully!
7. Complex Carbohydrates
Baked goods created from refined and processed flour not only contain sugar but affect blood sugar in the same way that sugar does. It would be a good idea to limit your intake of these foods. Complex carbs have less impact on blood sugar but still convert to glucose and used up in the body as energy. Limit your carb intake especially simple carbs like white rice, processed flours, pastries etc.
Complex carbs such as whole grains, legumes and starchy vegetables are healthier options as they have a lower glycemic load which means you get a slower rate of release of sugar into the blood stream which in turn prevents those typical energy spikes that are so typical with intake of sugar rich foods and simple carbs.
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9. Drink a lot of Water or Herbal Teas
Oftentimes, cravings are indicative of thirst so instead of reaching for a soda, drink seltzer water, mineral water or herbal teas to satisfy the urge to drink a fizzy drink and indulge your sugar cravings!
Till my next blog,
May good health be your wealth!