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How to Lessen Your Sweet Tooth Cravings

How to Lessen Your Sweet Tooth Cravings
By Evelyn Rubenstein

TP 201810 Nutrition 01

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It鈥檚 no secret that completely removing sugar from our diet is truly difficult. We all crave for something sweet from time to time, but if you notice that your sugar intake is way beyond the recommended serving suggestion then you are one of those people who have a sweet tooth.

 

Sugar isn鈥檛 necessarily bad. In fact, you can find sugar in foods naturally such as honey, agave nectar, fruits, and vegetables. The issue here is the source from which you are getting your sugar fix. The culprit? Processed foods, junk, and refined sugar (cakes, chocolates, candies, etc.). Consuming sugar easily gives our body that adrenaline rush (sugar rush) or short-term energy boost. But this only lasts temporarily and often leaves us in this post-lethargic state. We feel like we鈥檙e more tired and sleepy after eating that delicious cupcake or chocolate bar, and then later we crave for more. This becomes an unending cycle of munching sweets that provides little nutritional value to our body.

 

Research has shown that sugar is highly addictive and is even likened to be as addictive as a cigarette or drugs. The more we ingest sugar, the more we crave for it to satisfy our palette. This poses a serious health risk and can lead to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and even cancer. According to studies, there are many causes of sugar cravings; monthly hormones for women, food allergies, failing adrenal glands, and bacteria.

 

Just like any addiction, you can quit or lessen your sweet tooth cravings by following these five simple tips:

TP 201810 Nutrition 02

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Drinking water is the key to curb your cravings. Eight glasses of water recommended by doctors have plenty of health benefits. Our body may send mixed signals to our brain, one of which is those pesky sugar cravings. You might think you want sugar when in fact your body is just probably dehydrated. To make it more interesting, you can make lemon water or detox water by slicing any of your preferred fruits and adding it to your drink. Not only are you keeping yourself hydrated but you鈥檙e also getting nutrients from the fruits.

TP 201810 Nutrition 03Don鈥檛 Skip Meals

Did you know that skipping meals causes you to overeat? And when we overeat we tend to mindlessly munch on fatty, sugary foods. Skipping meals also causes us to find a 鈥渜uick fix鈥 to lessen our hunger, and this is when we snack on chocolate bars, chips, pastries, and other refined sugar foods. Always eat at the right time. If you want to eat a snack, choose a healthier alternative such as nuts and fruits.

TP 201810 Nutrition 04Create a Meal Plan

For a more disciplined approach in lessening your sweet tooth cravings, try creating a weekly meal plan. There are many healthy recipes available that you can try. By doing this you can easily monitor what foods you consume. Planning your meal means you know which foods to purchase at the grocery. This will diminish your time wandering around the grocery and it will help you avoid buying any sweets.

TP 201810 Nutrition 05Have a Food Journal

Food journals are a great way of keeping track of your food intake. This will help you monitor if you鈥檝e been eating the right foods and avoiding anything sweet. You can keep a small journal that you can easily carry with you, and the way to do it is to simply write down the time you had a meal and indicate the food that you ate.

 

Set Daily Goals

For any sugar addict, a day without sugar is a sad day indeed. It鈥檚 tough saying no, so one of the ideals ways in curbing your cravings is to set simple daily goals that you can achieve. For example, if you are used to eating a pack of cookies for snacks, try to withhold it for a day. If you can manage that, then it will be easier for you to hold out on sugar for longer intervals (i.e. no sugar for a week). You can reward yourself by buying a nice gift or treating yourself to a spa. Just don鈥檛 reward yourself with food!

 

It is indeed a challenge to lessen our sweet tooth cravings. Some may even experience withdrawal symptoms and the first few days can be difficult. But once we train our body (and our palette) to avoid sugar, you鈥檒l be surprised by how easy it is. Not only does it help keep your body healthy but lessening your sweet tooth cravings can make us feel mentally and physically better!

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