Easy Ways to Curb Sugar Cravings
Many of us have a sweet tooth! Some enjoy the sweet flavor more than others and can easily overdo sugar consumption. Here are a few tips to curb your sugar craving and cut down on extra treats, sweets, and calories.
Create a new after-dinner routine
If you routinely crave a sweet treat after dinner, try starting a new routine to distract yourself from your usual sugar craving. This could be anything from going for a walk around your neighborhood to brewing a cup of unsweetened tea.
Indulge with reason
If you are craving chocolate, portion out a small handful of dark chocolate chips and mix them with raspberries or almonds. Enjoy slowly so you feel satisfied and don’t go back for seconds.
Try new fruits
Grabbing a new fruit is fun and will make you excited to try it rather than just settling for your usual candy bar. The natural sugars in fruit are better than sugars in candy bars because fruits contain vitamins, antioxidants, and often times fiber.
Eat balanced meals regularly
Eating three balanced meals a day plus healthy snacks if needed helps you from feeling too hungry and making poor food choices. Load your plate with lean protein, colorful vegetables, and a variety of fruit.
Avoid starchy foods
Foods packed with starch (like potatoes and white bread) will spike blood sugar levels. This gives you an energy high that will crash in a couple of hours and likely have you craving a sweet treat to boost your energy. Stick to complex carbohydrates like vegetables and whole grains to maintain steady blood sugar levels all day.
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