7 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings

Why Do We Crave Sugar?


There are many reasons why we go for sweet things.


"Sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth".

 

Carbohydrates stimulate the release of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. Sugar is a carbohydrate, but carbohydrates come in other forms, too, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.


The taste of sugar also releases endorphins that calm and relax us.

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The problem comes not when we indulge in a sweet treat now and then, but when we over-consume, something that’s easy to do when sugar is added to many processed foods, including breads, yogurt, juices, and sauces.


How to Stop Sugar Cravings: 7 Tips to Use Right Now:

 


If you're craving sugar, here are some ways to tame those cravings:


•    Give in a little. Eat a bit of what you’re craving, maybe a small cookie or a small-size candy bar, Enjoying a little of what you love can help you steer clear of feeling denied. Try to stick to a 150-calorie threshold,

•    Combine foods: Try combining the craving food with a healthful one for example, dip a banana in chocolate sauce, or mix some almonds with chocolate chips. This way, you'll satisfy a craving and get healthy nutrients from those good-for-you foods.

•    Grab some gum. If you want to avoid giving in to a sugar craving completely, try chewing a stick of gum, "Research has shown that chewing gum can reduce food cravings.

•    Reach for fruit. Keep fruit handy for when sugar cravings hit. You'll get fiber and nutrients along with some sweetness. And stock up on foods like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.

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•    Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. "Take a walk around the block or [do] something to change the scenery," to take your mind off the food you’re craving,

•    Choose quality over quantity. "If you need sugar, pick a wonderful, decadent sugary food. But keep it small. For example, choose a perfect dark chocolate instead of a king-sized candy bar and try to bite it slowly " Learn to incorporate small amounts in the diet but concentrate on filling your stomach with less sugary and [healthier] options."

•    Eat regularly. Waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that cut your hunger,. Instead, eating every three to five hours can help keep blood sugar stable and help you "avoid irrational eating behavior."Choose protein, fiber-rich foods like whole grains.

Alya Safieddine

BSC Dietitian
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