We all have em’ – Sugar Cravings … so what can we do to beat them ? How can we win the war against sugar and come out on top?
It can be a hard battle that a lot of us struggle with on a daily basis but there are ways to win so let’s discuss them and gain control.
There is no magic and it takes an effort but if you really want to beat the “sugar monster” keep reading to learn practical tips to conquer your sugary tastes.
Do something different
Sometimes we get accustomed to completing certain actions at specific times of the day. Your sugar craving may just be a habit. It’s very common / call it that “afternoon sugary coffee” or “the blueberry muffin” you buy at work. The next time you find yourself wanting a sugary pastry, stop and think about it for a moment. Ask yourself “what time of day is it”? Could it be a habit that you can change by taking a walk or brushing your teeth? if it’s true hungry, treat yourself to some greek yogurt with a handful of berries. Try identifying your food triggers and then create yourself some new habits into your life.
Eat sufficient calories throughout the day.
When we are trying to lose weight and we have reduced our caloric intake, our bodies can fight against us and give us cravings for high calorie foods – AKA chocolate and candies….
Increase your healthy fat intake
It’s so important for overall health to eat more healthy fats – in addition healthy fat will help keep us satisfied for a longer time period. Often it can be hunger that makes us want to eat sugary carby snacks. Fill up on healthy protein and fats to keep the sugar monster away for longer periods of time.
I know you’ve heard this before but sometimes when you feel hungry, you may just be thirsty. Drink up and then see how you feel 20 minutes later. If you are still feeling a bit hungry, grab some nuts and a slice of avocado or a snack that’s higher in protein and fats. If you feed a sugar craving with sugar, it starts a rollercoaster effect and it’s hard to get off that ride.
Challenge yourself to zero sugar
At times we just need to stop and commit to something 100% – this can be the fastest way to win against your sugar monster. Starting a Keto Plan can be the quickest way to give up sugar, improve energy levels, lose those last 10 lbs before summer and much more ! You can google about Keto Plans or you can purchase the one below to reset yourself with accountability and tried and tested meal plans for 21 days / food logs/ recipes/ food swaps and shopping list. This plan was designed for the bariatric patient in mind ! smaller portions created for those seeking weight loss and clarity.
Intense sugar cravings can derail us when we are seeking to have control over our health. Take steps to come up with a strategy that works for you so that when the “sugar monster” bites, you will know exactly what to do.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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