In my last post I introduced sugar addition. Today’s post is going to focus on ways to get a handle on that addiction.
- The first is obvious- don’t buy products containing sugar.
- Eat regular meals and snacks high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. This helps keep blood sugar levels steady so you don’t have blood sugar spikes that cause cravings.
- Drink plenty of water. Often, cravings result from dehydration.
- Try a multivitamin. Chromium picolinate and I-glutamine have been shown in some studies to reduce cravings (research not conclusive).
- Eat before you go out (or carry snacks with you) so you don’t get hungry and succumb to fast food or convenience store stops.
- Reduce cravings by exercising regularly, getting plenty of sunlight, and adequate sleep.
- Learn to identify non hunger related triggers for sugar cravings such as stress and anxiety. Learn how to cope with feelings without turning to food. Emotional eating can quickly lead to a sugar binge.
- When you go overboard on sugar, remember tomorrow is a new day. Don’t dwell on it, forgive yourself and keep trying.
One article featured in Women’s Health Magazine suggests trying to eliminate sugar from the diet using a five phase program. During each of the two week stages you gradually eliminate different aspects of sugar from your diet. In phase I. you remove sugary beverages. Phase II. suggests cutting out cakes, cookies and candy bars. In the third phase simple carbohydrates such as pasta, crackers, and breads are eliminated. Phase IV. recommends looking for and excluding processed foods with hidden sugars in them. The final phase of the program is a maintenance phase that recognizes it is ok to indulge every now and then, but strive to keep cravings in check and avoid frequent bingeing.
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