Hello! My name is Angie and I am a recovering sugarholic. That’s right! I said it. I grew up in a Southern home where sugar was a regular part of our daily meals. I indulged in Ding Dongs, the old school kind with the aluminum foil, not that plastic packaging they do now. Then there were the Cinnamon Rolls from the convenient store. You know, the kind with all the icing. I can’t forget Cinnamon Sugar Toast for breakfast, homemade Texas Sheet Cake, MawMaw’s Lemon Icebox Pie, the list goes on….
I thought my cravings stemmed from all of my childhood favorites, only to learn they were simply comfort foods. The kind that reminded me of happy moments with friends and family. So when I’d reach for something sweet, I was really missing some of those fond memories that were surrounded with lots of SUGAR!
For many, like me, it’s been a challenge to shake these cravings.
I didn’t think I’d ever be able to overcome this overwhelming desire to eat something sweet, EVERYDAY. But, I was determined to find a way. When I began my Health Coach training, I learned so many ways that would help me take control over these cravings. With help from the Health Coach Institute, I am happy to share with you the following 7 Solutions to Sugar Cravings!
Sugar Craving Solution #1: Check Your Bevvies!
Sounds crazy, but sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. So pound a glass of water, wait 5 minutes and then see if you still have the craving.
Also, too much caffeine mimics a blood sugar crash – you’re high for a bit but then you coming crashing down and crave….SUGAR, of course.
Sugar Craving Solution #2: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Sweet Veggies, Fruit & Spices.
Your tongue has sweet taste buds that demand to be satisfied, so don’t hold out on ‘em! Add naturally sweet foods & spices to your diet like squash, yams, carrots, beets, berries, figs, apples, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, and cloves.
Sugar Craving Solution #3: Sleep!
For many of us, this is easier said than done. But if you’re constantly tired, your body is going to look for energy, usually in the form or sugar or caffeine. Power down an hour earlier than usual, and notice how your cravings disappear.
Sugar Craving Solution #4: Check Your Protein.
This is a fun, cool fact – watch how much protein and what kind of protein you’re eating, especially animal protein. Eating too little animal protein can lead to massive sweet cravings. Eating too much animal protein can lead to sweet cravings. When I work with clients we find just the right sweet spot for protein intake so they feel satisfied.
Sugar Craving Solution #5: Sniff Out Low-Fat and Fat Free Foods.
When food manufacturers take the fat out of foods, what do they put in? Yep, sugar.
Sugar Craving Solution #6: Move Yo’self.
Movement is another kind of food for your body. It releases stress, makes you feel great and look great. When you don’t get enough, the body starts to look for other ways to blow off steam, like binging on Snickers bars.
Sugar Craving Solution #7: Create New Post-Meal Rituals.
If you’re a “dessert after your meal” person, one of things you might love about that is the ritual of it. What are other possibilities for post-meal rituals?
I challenge you to try these on your own. Small hinges swing big doors. Start creating new healthy habits today by making one healthy choice at a time. Shake loose the sugar bug and watch the weight fall off.
Yours in health and wellness,