Healthy Eating

Curb Your Sugar Cravings

These 12 tips help satisfy your sweet tooth without depriving it.

Curb Your Sugar Cravings
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  1. Hydrate Cravings can be caused by dehydration. When one hits, drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes until it passes.
  2. Cut the coffee Caffeine causes ups and downs in blood sugar and energy levels, exacerbating cravings. Experiment with non-caffeinated herbal teas.
  3. Sleep more A sweet tooth is often activated by exhaustion, when your tired and body seeks energy. Experts recommend seven or eight hours of sleep each night.
  4. Get physical Regular daily exercise helps balance blood sugar levels, decrease stress, and maintain energy.
  5. Snack on veggies and fruits Natural sugars in fruits and vegetables like squash, carrots, and roasted onions will help you avoid processed sugar.
  6. Dump refined sugars Considered by some experts to be poison, refined sugars can't be metabolized without leeching vital minerals from the body.
  7. Fill up on protein and fiber Eating enough protein and dietary fiber helps balance blood sugar levels and diminish sugar cravings.
  8. Eliminate fat-free foods The fat-free label is often a license for manufacturers to boost refined sugar levels in their products. Besides, your body needs fat to absorb vitamins.
  9. Spice up your life Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and coriander can "sweeten" food without adding sugar.
  10. Become a food detective Carefully read food labels for hidden sugars. A simple rule of thumb is to avoid any ingredient that ends in "-ose."
  11. Breathe Take three deep, cleansing breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth) before eating. Approach each meal with mindfulness and gratitude.
  12. Satisfy your soul Sugar cravings often reflect a deep spiritual yearning. Seek out the real sweet things in life—like fulfilling relationships, a passionate career, and devotion to a cause.