It happens to all of us.
You’re at your desk and you can’t stop thinking about that donut or chocolate bar that you left in the fridge.
Even when you try to keep yourself distracted that sugar craving just seems to get stronger. Well if you struggle with this on a daily basis then you might have what is called sugar addiction.
But no need to worry, you are going to learn 12 tips that will help you get rid of sugar cravings.
1. Take a hot shower
One of the best ways to get rid of sugar cravings is to take a nice hot shower. When you’re showering make sure that the water is hot but not to the point where burns your skin.
You should let the water run over your shoulders and back and let it heat up your body for 7-10 minutes. After that time frame your cravings will be gone.
2. Get rid of artificial sweeteners
Some nutritionists believe that drinking diet soda or sugar free gum will help you get rid of sugar cravings but we highly suggest avoiding diet sodas at all cost.
These diet drinks contain some dangerous artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, stevia, sucralose and saccharine.
Whenever you consume these artificial sweeteners it only makes your sugar addiction worse because it increases your desire for sweet food.
So make sure that you get rid of anything that contains artificial sweetener.
3. Feeling hungry? eat a proper meal
Many people confuse cravings with hunger and they’re not the same.
Whenever you feel cravings it’s not your body calling for energy; it’s when your brain is calling for something that will help you release tons of dopamine in the reward system.
Some persons might have cravings and hunger at the same time which makes the sugar addictions worse.
So the best thing to do is eat healthy cooked food. Eating real food helps to overcome any immediate cravings.
4. Replace sweets with fruits
Fruit can be a very satisfying treat as it contains fructose.
Make sure that you moderate your sweet fruit consumption. Studies have shown that eating too much sweet fruit is linked to increase in belly fat which will also increases your chance of getting diabetes.
Some good examples of foods that you should watch your intake with are grapes, mangoes and cherries as those have very high sugar content.
As with anything in life you have to be moderate, don’t overdo it.
5. Walk away (Literally)
A very effective way to get rid of sugar cravings is to go outside for a nice brisk walk.
If running is your thing then that will be even more effective. Whenever you do this it helps you distance yourself from food that you’re craving.
It also helps to release endorphin which is some feel-good chemicals in your brain and will help to switch off your cravings.
6. Control your magnesium levels
If you’re someone who is always craving for chocolate then this might have a link to a deficiency in magnesium.
You want to make sure that your magnesium level is regulated by eating plenty of magnesium-rich dark leafy greens, nuts and legumes.
7. Do a house cleaning
No we’re not referring to vacuum in the carpet. It means that you should start get rid of any sugary temptations that is at home or work.
You won’t be able to control all of your environments but your home and your work area is one that you can actually control.
So start cleaning out those left over Halloween candies.
8. You have to eat protein, fiber and healthy fats
When you cut out sugar out of your diet you have to start focusing on eating foods packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats.
Doing this will help to keep you full and also keep your blood sugar stabilized.
Examples of healthy foods you should eat are avocados, coconut oil and nuts. Ensure you eat a lot of vegetables for fiber as well.
Good sources of protein you can eat are, beans fish, lean meat and eggs.
So for example, in the morning if you need to rush out you can make a nice protein shake blended with coconut oil and chia seeds.
For lunch or dinner you can probably eat a salad over some salmon with avocado.
9. Start meditating
The thing about the mind is that it’s always looking for the next stimulation whether it’s checking your iPhone for the latest snapchat updates or thinking about the next sweet treat.
When you learn to meditate it will teach your mind to sit still and focus. This focus will help strengthen your willpower to get rid of sugar cravings.
Even 15 minutes of meditation daily will help to train your mind to become a strong mental weapon and with this you can actually control your cravings.
10. do a cleanse
Whenever you do a full body detox it will help to decrease your sugar cravings.
Your cleanse shakes should have a lot of protein which will help you to regulate your blood sugar levels.
They should also contain fiber which will help to keep you full and satisfied.
11. Chow your food properly
Proper digestion starts from the mouth and the enzymes will start breaking down the starches into sugar.
When you cut out processed food from your diet and chew your food properly you will start to notice the natural sweetness of fruits, vegetables and even brown rice.
12. Start get excited about good foods
One of the reasons why healthy foods might seem boring to a lot of people is because they haven’t seen how you can combine different vegetables and fruits to create nutritious meals.
What you should do is go to the farmers market and try some new food or vegetable you have never tried before.