We know the feeling of constantly craving sweet and sugary snacks. It’s a problem that we can all relate to. Research is showing that it’s not just bad for your waistline but that large amounts of sugar consumption leaves us with addiction-like symptoms including withdrawal and excessive cravings. Here’s our top tips on how to kick that sugar habit!
- Listen to your body
When those withdrawal symptoms kick in listen to your body and understand what exactly it’s craving – is it something salty, crunchy, sour, rich, light...the list is endless, but the answer isn’t always sugar!
- Out of sight, out of mind
Hide the sugar! It’s nearly impossible to give into temptation when you’ve got sugary snacks staring at you. Train yourself to have healthy snacks in the kitchen and get rid of those sugary temptations.
- Pack in the protein
High protein foods digest slowly making you feel fuller for longer. Eating protein is a great way to curb those cravings. Protein doesn’t make your blood sugar levels spike the way that sugars do so fill your diet with lean chicken, low-fat yogurt, eggs and nuts.
- Spice it up
Add spices to your cooking to naturally sweeten food and decrease those cravings. Nourished Nutrition's favourites are nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon and cardamom.
- Don’t go cold turkey
Slow and steady wins the race, making small but effective changes to your diet is the easiest way to sustain your new reduced sugar lifestyle. Avoiding all sugar creates stress and can be very unrealistic. After a good few weeks of your new lifestyle, you will train your taste buds to enjoy things that aren’t as sweet.