FOOD & NUTRITION
The Simple Ways To Trick Your Body Into NEVER Craving Sugar Again
You vs. Sugar: The battle against the sweet stuff!
Quitting sugar is not only one of the greatest things to do for your health, but also one of the hardest. I can give you over a 100 reasons why sugar ruins health, and still it can be irresistible.
Sugar is addictive. The more we eat, the more we want. By going cold turkey for a month you can recalibrate the taste buds and cravings will subside.
Out of sight, out of mind really does help.
Clear the kitchen cupboards and desk space of all temptations.
By confiding in friends and co-workers about your plans, they will be less likely to wave the office cake tray under your nose.
Hidden sugar is found in the strangest places!!
Simple rule – if the food product contains more than 5g per 100g, this will be in the amber/red zone of the traffic light label – this should ring alarm bells.
Photo: Igor Ovsyannykov
If you really need a sweet fix, try whizzing some berries in a blender with natural yoghurt and seeds. This low sugar snack will curb those cravings.
*Top tip - add a pinch of cinnamon to curb the cravings even further
This is the easiest way to control sugar intake – say goodbye to hidden sugar, additives, colourings, chemicals and flavourings.
Protein and healthy fats are great for balancing blood sugar levels. They keep you fuller for longer, prevent energy dips and reduce sugar cravings.
Eat lean meats, fish, nuts and seeds, tofu, avocado, cold-pressed oils, beans and pulses, natural yoghurt, eggs and nut and seed butters.
Numerous studies have shown that cinnamon can reduce sugar cravings by controlling blood glucose levels. Try adding 1 tsp of Ceylon cinnamon to your diet each day.
Each time you flex your ‘I’m not eating sugar’ muscle you are forming a new neural pathway in the brain – over time this will form into a healthy habit. Each time you resist sugar, don’t think of it as a burden think of it as a strengthening exercise.
Don’t use sugar to change your mood. Instead, use nourishing life pleasures; have a bath, get a massage, laugh with a friend, watch your favourite film – the list is endless.
Lily Soutter, Nutritionist and Nutritional Therapist
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