Cravings come on at the worst time. Usually when you are feeling weakest, are out and about, and have no healthy options on hand!
Plus, have you noticed that when your sweet tooth starts kicking in, that it seems like you can do nothing to stop thinking of fulfilling that sugar craving!?
Managing Sugar Cravings starts with what you do throughout your day!
Here are 5 Strategies to CRUSH Sugar Cravings!
1. Get a Good Night's Sleep
Getting 7-9 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep is ideal. Studies actually show a connection between lack of sleep and sugar cravings. One study in the Obesity journal found that when you stay up late or don't sleep well, you eat on average, an extra 248 calories the next day.
2. Start Your Day With a High Protein, Healthy Breakfast
Ideally, starting your day with a protein smoothie packed with low sugar fruits, will set you up for success and less sugar cravings come mid-morning. Many times we start our morning off with sugar-filled coffee, and pastries. Which both have high sugar content and no nutrition, which spikes your blood sugar levels, and sets you up for low-energy, and cravings in just hours. Get more in depth details on starting your day off right with my Top 5 Tips to Kickstart Your Sugar Free Lifestyle!
3. Get Spicy...With More Cinnamon!
Cinnamon is not only a great gift given to us by the earth, but it's also awesome at helping us fight cravings! Cinnamon has been known to reduce blood glucose levels by slowing stomach emptying, which makes you feel full faster. That, plus it's naturally sweet taste is why I use it in so many things! Add it to things you bake, to your smoothie, or to your morning coffee!
4. Amp Up Your Protein Intake
Protein is a huge part of feeling full, and slaying those sugar cravings! When our body becomes full, hormones are sent to our brain to tell our brain that we are full, and we are less likely to have sugar cravings. When your diet is low in protein, cravings take over and high-jack your brain, and food choices. AMP UP THE PROTEIN by adding high protein foods to each meal, or adding a protein shake/smoothie to your day.
5. Make These Healthy Swaps
When you can't quite kick the craving, make healthy swaps instead of going for the classic sugar snacks. One of my favorite swaps to make instead of ice cream, is a Greek Yogurt (frozen for about 10 minutes), mixed with sugar free granola and fresh berries. Find something that works to fulfill that sweet tooth without going full sugar. Try out more of my HEALTHY SWAPS throughout the day, plus a few other dessert swaps for you to try!