5 tips to fight sugar cravings
Ah, sugar. The solution to life’s little problems. An energy kick when we’re tired and the ultimate soother when we’re stressed. But, if you’re giving into your sugar cravings on a regular basis, it can lead to all kinds of health issues, from poor heart health to decaying teeth. But, don’t panic! There’s a lot of ways to curb those cravings and get your sweet tooth in check.
Eat a balanced diet
Just like life, your diet should be all about balance. For each meal, aim to consume a balance of macro-nutrients. Protein, carbs and fat all provide a range of benefits and you’ll feel fuller for longer too. Eating a balanced diet will also ensure stable blood sugar levels, limiting those annoying sugar cravings.
Spice up your food
Add some flavour to your food and, as well as treating your taste buds, you may also reduce those pesky sugar cravings. Spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, have been proven to benefit your blood sugar stability, which will keep your sugar cravings at bay. Adding flavour to your food will also make your meals more enjoyable, meaning you’re more likely to be satisfied after you’ve eaten and less likely to turn to the pick n mix.
Get a good night’s sleep
If you’ve been tossing and turning all night long, then it’s likely that your diet will be a little off the next day. A bad nights sleep can affect the hormones that control your appetite so, if you’re cranky, you’re more likely to cave when your sweet tooth kicks in. Set yourself a regular bedtime, especially in the week, and aim to get the recommended 7-8 hours of shut eye each night. Not only will you be chirpier and more productive, but you’ll make better food choices too.
Manage your stress levels
Easier said than done, right? Stress is a tough one because it can’t always be avoided, especially if you work in a high-pressure environment. However, the way you manage your stress can help; try to remain calm, call on friends, family and colleagues for support if needed and try to minimise your to-do-list by asking whether the task at hand is really necessary.
Exercise is also a great way to minimise stress. Whether it’s weightlifting or a calming yoga session, you’ll be focusing on the task at hand rather than thinking about the million and one things that need to be done.
If your fridge is stocked with sugary goodness then, naturally, you’re going to reach for the chocolate in your time of need. If you’re trying to cut down your sugar consumption, then don’t add sweet treats to your shopping trolley. Instead, treat yourself with dessert if you go out for a meal or an ice cream during a weekend walk. It’s fine to treat yourself every now and then and you’ll enjoy it so much more.
If you really need a sweet snack, then stock up on fresh fruit or low sugar treats – protein shakes and bars (give our Carb Killa® range a go!), yoghurts and nuts, such as almonds and pistachios, are great alternatives.