Believe it or not, you can fight sugar cravings with some creative moves.
Trying to fight those sugar cravings – and failing miserably? Make it happen with some constructive tricks from our Perth fitness trainer that can help banish sugar addiction forever.
Keep your blood sugar at a balanced level
Studies have shown that when your blood sugar levels are low, this creates brain fog – which, in turn, contributes to poor dietary judgement. Keep levels stable by eating a good breakfast with protein (such as eggs or peanut butter); and eat protein in the afternoon (to maintain healthy sugar levels and banish late-day cravings).
Go plant-based a few times weekly
Consider going meatless at least a few times per week. Consumption of vegetables helps prevent blood sugar instability. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, eggplant and portabella mushrooms are tasty when tossed in olive oil and dusted with sea salt, then grilled. Leftovers go great with wheat toast and eggs in the morning.
Time and size your meals
Eat smaller portions throughout the day instead of the usual three square meals. This keeps blood sugar stable and prevents ‘crashes.’ Include a small portion of protein with each ‘meal’ – nuts and seeds are ideal.
Also avoid eating at least three hours before you hit the sack.
Cut sugar out cold turkey
We’ll be truthful: this won’t be an easy task. But in order to cut sugar – and the associated cravings – out of your life completely, this is a necessary evil. You need your brain to ‘reset’ from expecting sugar, so eliminating it is the only way.
Be good to yourself during this time: you may feel cranky and irritable, but hang in there. The cravings will remain for a while. Try treating yourself to an afternoon at the spa or a makeover at the cosmetics counter or a day in the library. Your body is detoxing during this time and you’ll need to compensate with activity that feels good to your brain.