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5 Things you can do to Stop Sugar Cravings

Sugar is often the number one thing standing between people and losing weight. High insulin levels are the cause of sugar cravings. When we try to eat less sugar, our insulin falls and causes our body to want more sugar to spike it again. It’s a vicious cycle that leads to feeling tired and fatigued. Here are some really good tips that will get you back on track to being healthy and feeling energetic again without the sugar.

 

1. Increase your protein intake. Often times our body feels like it wants sugar when it’s really craving protein. Try starting with an egg, a Greek yogurt, some cottage cheese and fruit, or a handful of almonds.

 

2. Remove the temptations. If you don’t have them around the house it’s harder to indulge. If you struggle while you’re at work, do what you can to remove the temptation BEFORE the craving hits. If you keep a jar of jelly beans on your desk, get rid of them and bring something healthy to eat when you are ready for a snack.

 

3. Eat frequently. Cravings are the worst when we’ve skipped a meal because our blood sugar is low. By eating every few hours we avoid that drop in blood sugar. Plan on eating 3 good meals a day with a snack in between. This will keep you from getting so hungry that you grab whatever you can find to get your blood sugar up.

 

4. Avoid artificial sweeteners.  Artificial sweeteners, like Saccharin or Aspartame, cause more cravings for sweets, and may present a higher risk of cancer.

 

5. Cut sweets cold turkey then indulge in small amounts. Because our bodies get used to having a high blood sugar level, the first 3 days without sweets are the hardest. If you can eliminate sweets completely until your body has had a chance to let your insulin level out, you won’t crave them as often. Then you can allow yourself small portions of  sweets and still feel satisfied.

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