Working out how to stop sugar cravings can be one of the hardest things to do when you decide to live healthy. Sugar in particular has been shown to affect the brain in the same way as addictive substances such as cocaine. So, if coming off the chocolate feels difficult, that’s because you’re probably a little bit addicted to it. We eat more sugar nowadays than at any point in history, with it added to many foods. This means it can be quite hard to avoid, but there are things you can do to help minimise your sugar cravings.
Deciding to stick to a very strict diet can exasperate sugar cravings. If you are not eating very much, and waiting long periods between meals, sugar cravings can intensify leading to binging if you cave in. To avoid this make sure that any reduction in food intake is gradual, and make sure you are eating at regular intervals to keep your body from getting too hungry.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
You can satisfy your sweet tooth by replacing junk foods such as biscuits or sweets, with sweet fruit such as blueberries or strawberries, or even a square of intense dark chocolate. Alternatively, why not look up recipes for healthy versions of your favourite treats? There are plenty of recipes for healthier versions of your much-loved comfort foods, include pancakes or ice-cream.
Avoid artificial sweeteners
It is believed that artificial sweeteners, such as those found in diet drinks and low-fat foods, can actually increase your cravings for actual sugar. By cutting out artificial sweetener you may find your cravings for sugary foods naturally decline.
Go for a walk
Not only does exercise such as walking release feel-good chemicals, but can act as a great distraction when you are hit by a hardcore sugar craving. It gets your out of the house, where you may still have sugary snacks in the cupboards, and is good for your body. Win—win!
Have designated treat days
They often say if you cut out something completely, it’ll only make the cravings more intense. You always want what you can’t have. So, don’t deny yourself sugar completely, have one or two designated treat days where you can indulge in some of your favourite foods. As long as you making an effort to live healthier overall, the odd cookie or cupcake isn’t the end of the world!
Clear out your cupboards
When it comes to sugary snacks, only keep in what you want to eat that day. It is best not to buy lots of snacks and store them in the cupboard, because if you are anything like the rest of us, they WILL get eaten, no matter how strong your will-power is! By only keeping in what you want to eat that day (on your treat day for example) you are a lot less likely to snack on sugar the rest of the time.
Why not try EFT?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is an alternative therapeutic tool that you probably haven’t tried before, but that is gaining widespread popularity. It is used to help people address a number of issues, through ‘psychological acupressure’ points, to overcome limiting beliefs, bad habits and unwanted emotional responses. So, alongside hypnotherapy for sugar cravings, it can be used as a really effective way to control your sweet tooth.
How to stop sugar cravings
What are your top tips for stopping sugar cravings? Why not try some of those listed above, and let us know how you get on.