Food Cravings; the “S” word…Sugar!
Certain foods or food cravings can be more difficult to overcome than others can. Sugar, alcohol, carbohydrates, and caffeine are some of the top offenders. Here are some of the more specific food cravings and alternative to help overcome them.
Sugar is found in a vast amount of foods and drinks; from easily recognizable items such as candy bars and soft drinks to seemingly healthy foods like power bars and granola. Eliminating it from your diet will take ongoing detective work and diligence. You must become a constant label reader, because there is hidden sugar everywhere!
Overcoming your sugar cravings:
- Eat a little bit of a sugary food, such as a fun-size candy bar. Enjoying a small amount of what you love helps you from feeling denied. (The truth is that once you are “off” sugar, it doesn’t taste the same. The sweet taste you remember almost tastes bitter to many people.
- Try combining the food your craving with a healthy one. Dip a banana in melted chocolate for example. Alternatively, mix almonds with bits of a chocolate bar.
- Cut out all simple sugar cold turkey. It may take 48 to 72 hours before the cravings start to diminish, but over time, your craving for the taste of sugar will become satisfied with alternatives.
- Chew gum to avoid giving into a sugar craving.
- Eat more fruit and nuts. Fruit is naturally sweet and you get the healthy fiber and nutrients from them.
- Go for a walk. When sugar cravings hit get up and do something to change the scenery to take your mind off the craving.
- Be sure you are eating regularly. Often a sugar craving comes on when our blood sugar becomes too low. Waiting longer than 5 hours between meals has the potential to set you up for sugar cravings. Try to eat a protein, fiber-rich meal every three to five hours.
Alternatives to satisfy sugar craving
- Some fresh fruit; raspberries, blueberries, cherries and so on
- A small portion of dark chocolate. It should be 70% chocolate or greater.
- A fruit smoothie with no added sugar from any source including fruit juice. Just whole fruit
- Dried fruit (this can be dangerous as it is extremely sweet…if you must, just a small piece or two)
- Chewing gum (sweetened with xylitol only!)
- Mashed sweet potatoes
- Baked apple stuffed with finely chopped nuts
- Frozen bananas, grapes, peaches or other fruit
- Coconut water
- Flavored tea, water
- Nuts with a small bit of xylitol sprinkled on top
- Cherry tomatoes or baby carrots
Make Major Improvements in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC