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Sugar is a battle that many people struggle to win. From sweetened drinks to baked confections, the temptation is everywhere. It’s no big secret that sugar is the culprit behind so many of our struggles, from weight loss to inflammation, so the sooner you stop your sugar cravings, the better off you’ll be.
Fortunately, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make to help curb your craving for sweets – all while transforming your taste buds to actually crave less sugar. Use these seven tips to help you finally blast your sugar habit and enable your body to live up to its full potential!
Because of its nutritional value and high fiber content, fruit doesn't affect blood sugar levels the way processed sugar does. It will also diminish any physical craving for sugar. Aim for two servings of fruit per day. One serving can be in the morning with breakfast and one serving can be in the afternoon for a snack or in the evening for dessert. A frozen banana blended with one tablespoon of unsweetened cacao powder or a bowl of cherries with homemade coconut whipped cream usually does the trick.
Quitting sugar comes down to keeping your blood sugar stable. With steady blood sugar, you can avoid unpleasant blood sugar crashes that are responsible for triggering those deadly sugar cravings. One of the best ways to do that is with almond butter. Just a spoonful is enough to squash the urge whenever it creeps up throughout the day. Keep a jar of almond butter handy and spread a little bit on celery, whole grain crackers, or apple slices for a balanced snack.
Dehydration will zap your energy, leaving you feeling fatigued and weak – it can also be a reason for your cravings. Without sufficient consumption of water, you might ‘think’ you are craving something sweet, when your body is really craving hydration. Live by the 8x8 rule: drink eight, 8-ounce glasses per day and keep sugar urges at bay.
Tasty spices can train your taste buds to be less dependent on sugar and are a terrific way to satisfy when cravings strike. Get creative with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamon, or fenugreek (which has a delectable maple taste). Many of these spices possess a mild sweetness, making them a perfect partner to smoothies, yogurt bowls, tea, or oatmeal.
Fermented foods are created through a fermentation process, in which food components, like the natural sugars, are broken down by yeast and bacteria into other beneficial substances. The result is a food that's brimming with good-for-the-gut probiotics that support digestive health and a variety of other nutrients.
Fermented foods tend to be a little on the sour side, but the taste naturally helps reduce sugar cravings. Gradually start adding cultured vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, and kefir to your daily diet and you’ll notice your yearning for sweets gradually start to subside.
Healthy fats deliver satiety, while also keeping your blood sugar stable. Healthy fats include those found in avocados, nuts and seeds, coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, and the natural fats found in animal products such as wild salmon and pastured eggs. Quick tip: An easy way to fit more healthy fat into your diet is to add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your coffee, smoothies, soups, and stir-fry veggies.
Sometimes, the reason we are reaching for that doughnut or chocolate chip cookie is because it’s the way we typically deal with stress. Instead of giving in to temptation, reach for your all-natural CBD oil. Stress can make you crave more sugar and weaken your ability to fight off the urge, so when you feel like the tension is too much to take, taking a dose of CBD oil can help stave off the sweets!
Saying goodbye to sugar isn’t easy – but it’s not impossible. You do have power over your yearning for sugar; when the craving strikes, be better prepared. Take the time to try these tips and find out what works best for you. Think about some of the foods, spices, and beverages you've been wanting to try, and go for it. You might find a healthy new replacement that tantalizes your taste buds, while nixing the need for sugar. And don’t forget to add a daily dose of CBD to fortify your defenses against the never-ending onslaught of sugary sweets!
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