Curb sugar cravings

Curb those sugar cravings!

I know… those cupcakes look so good. You know the feeling.  We all do, because most of us struggle with sugar addiction.Sugar addiction is a very real thing.  In fact, scientists have found that sugar can be more addicting than cocaine. But we can overcome it!

Here are some tips to help you fight that battle against sugar:

1. Eat regular meals

Always eat with 30 minutes of waking up.  Then eat again after 2 hours, but not beyond 4 hours. This should entail 3 meals each day, plus 2 snacks.  Eating regularly with the 3 three elements of Fat, Fiber, and Protein will help balance your blood sugar and avoid those blood sugar drops.  It will also help keep you satiated and keep your energy balanced so you are not reaching  out for a sugary “pick-me-up”


I love telling people that.  So many of us are under the false assumption that fat will make you fat, but this is just not true of good clean fats.  Sugar makes you fat, and sugar makes you want more sugar.  Good quality fats like coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, salmon, and pastured animal fats help our bodies feel full, and if you feel satiated you won’t crave sugar as much.

3. Stay hydrated

Most people do not drink enough water and often when we are dehydrated, we feel hungry and crave sugar, but we are really just thirsty. So next time you crave sugar, try drinking a tall glass of water instead.

4. Exercise

Exercise plays such a vital role in your health.  It helps improve your mood, controls your weight, and promotes better sleep.  It’s also a great stress reducer, boosting endorphins (you know, the happy chemicals in your brain). Regular exercise can keep those sugar cravings at bay.

5. Feed Your Gut

Probiotic foods help keep our gut in balance and diminish the desire for sugary foods. By starving the yeast that may be growing in your gut, you will crave less sugar. Fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, or kimchi are great for keeping the gut healthy!

6.Get a good night’s sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential to our well-being.  If we feel rested, we don’t need those sweets to keep us going throughout the day.

7. for chocolate lovers

This is my weakness. Just the word “chocolate” sounds so soothing to me. If chocolate is your weakness, there could be a reason behind it.  Studies have shown that a craving for chocolate can be linked to a magnesium deficiency.  Magnesium rich foods can improve our bodies uptake of glucose into our cells which will also prevent a sugar crash  So try eating more magnesium-rich foods like green leafy vegetables, broccoli, pumpkins seeds, and green beans.  Even some raw cacao powder in your smoothie is a great way to increase your magnesium without chomping on a bar of chocolate.

You can do it!

Kicking the sugar habit can be tough, but the fewer sweets you eat, the less you will crave them.  Sugar consumption leads to obesity, inflammation, and a lack of energy.  Sugar consumption has even been linked to depression.  By curbing those cravings, you will start to lose weight and to feel great. I know you can do it, and you will be glad you did! Feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way.

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Erin Sands is a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert whose focus is on using food and nutrition to build health and reverse disease.

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