Sugar is diabolical. Cravings can sneak up on you at the least likely times and leave you heading to the vending machine at work to buy your favorite candy bar. Sometimes we wake up craving sugar and sometimes it’s the last thing we think about before heading to sleep.
Let’s be brutally honest for a second, beating your sugar cravings is not easy. That’s because sugar is quite addictive. It fuels every cell in the brain, and your brain sees it as a reward so you’ll always want more of it, which makes it tough to break the habit. But that doesn’t mean you need to settle for being a sugar addict for the rest of your days. It won’t be easy, but you can gain control of your sugar cravings with a few sneaky tips and tidbits.
You’re going to crave sugar, it’s inevitable, but you don’t have to give in every time the craving strikes. Instead, schedule a time in the day when you know you’ll have something sweet and plan ahead so you can make it a healthier sweet. For example, plan to have a cup of Premium Peppermint tea in the afternoon. The peppermint will feel sweet without all that unnecessary sugar.
Eating real meals and the right meals throughout the day can seriously help you cut back on your sugar cravings. Give your body a well-rounded mix of lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber-rich carbs. Foods high in magnesium can be a big help for your sugar cravings, so plan a lunch with nuts, seeds, brown rice, or quinoa.
Consume Coconut Oil
We love coconut oil and it’s also great for your sugar cravings. Eating a teaspoon of extra-virgin coconut oil three times a day can help boost your metabolism, nourish your brain, and reduce your sugar cravings. Coconut oil works because it’s made up of medium-chain fatty acids and triglycerides that give you instant energy, just like sugar without the insulin boost. And as a bonus, it can help you lose weight.
Water, including teas, can help you beat those sugar cravings. That’s because dehydration can lead to food cravings. Make sure you drink half your body weight in water each day. And instead of grabbing a soda to keep you going in the afternoon, grab a cup of Energy Tea and boost your energy and your concentration without overloading your body with sugar.
Getting your body moving is a great way to avoid sugar. If you’re craving a sugary snack, instead of giving in, exercise by taking a 10-minute walk or jog around your office and distract yourself from your craving. Exercise also helps you wake up and gives you a burst of energy, which is what your body wants when it wants sugar.
You can overcome your sugar addiction by learning to listen to your body and think about sugar a little differently. Next time you’re about to indulge, try one of our tips, and then get back to life.
Yours in eating right,
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