You may have slowly become a 'sugarholic' over the years and decided enough is enough, you know longer want this addictive substance controlling your life...you may have noticed the detrimental effects of sugar on your health, inflammation, brain fog, irritability, gut problems, headaches, energy slumps, diabetes to name but a few....or you may just want to reduce your intake of the white stuff and are looking for a place to start...
My 7 top tips are quick and easy to implement...
1: Check Your Bevvies! Sounds crazy, but sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. So neck a glass of water, wait 5 minutes and then see if you still have the craving.
Also, too much caffeine mimics a blood sugar crash - you’re high for a bit but then you come crashing down and crave….SUGAR, of course.
2: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Sweet Veggies, Fruit & Spices. Your tongue has sweet taste buds that demand to be satisfied, so don’t hold out on ‘em! Add naturally sweet foods & spices to your diet like butternut squash, carrots, beets, berries, figs, apples, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, and cloves.
3: Sleep! For many of us, this is easier said than done. But if you’re constantly tired, your body is going to look for energy, usually in the form or sugar or caffeine. Power down an hour earlier than usual, and notice how your cravings disappear.
4: Check Your Protein.
This is a fun, cool fact - watch how much protein and what kind of protein you’re eating, especially animal protein. Eating too little animal protein can lead to massive sweet cravings. Eating too much animal protein can lead to sweet cravings. When I work with clients we find just the right sweet spot for protein intake so they feel satisfied.
5: Sniff Out Low-Fat and Fat Free Foods. When food manufacturers take the fat out of foods, what do they put in? Yep, sugar.
6: Move Yo’self.
Movement is another kind of food for your body. It releases stress, makes you feel great and look great. When you don’t get enough, the body starts to look for other ways to blow off steam, like binging on Snickers bars.
7: Create New Post-Meal Rituals. If you’re a “dessert after your meal” person, one of things you might love about that is the ritual of it. What are other possibilities for post-meal rituals?
If you want more inspo to help you kick this craving for good, check out some of my refined sugar free recipe ideas which still add a little sweetness to your life but in a healthy and nutritious non- guilty way!
If you're ready to dig deeper and look at the emotional attachments and need some help breaking these habits feel free to reach out, we can deep dive online or in person in either Shrewsbury or London