9 tips to beat those nasty sugar cravings

9 tips to beat those nasty sugar cravings


9 tips to beat those nasty sugar cravings


One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to cut back on sugar. If that seems easier said than done, then take note of these nine must-know tips.







Sugar cravings are something that we have to deal with almost daily. Sooner, or later, we realize the sad after effects of munching all those sweets and decide to curb those cravings! But it’s easier said than done. Here are 9 tips to help you beat sugar cravings and in extreme cases addiction:

1. BALANCED MEALS

curb sweet cravings. Combine carbs with a good source of proteins and a little fat. This slows down digestion and reduces sugary cravings. Go for whole-grains and starchy foods for carbs. Add nuts in your diet for good fats.

2. EAT IN SMALL PORTIONS

through the day rather than having three large meals. Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast, as this leads to a drop in sugar levels and increases our cravings for sugary breakfast.

3. READ LABELS

for added sugar while buying cereals and processed foods. Watch out for other words that are used to describe added sugars, such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, hydrolyzed starch and invert sugar, corn syrup and honey.

4. AVOID PURE SUGAR

by using dried fruits to sweeten your food. Fibre helps to slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream. Also, opt for whole fruits instead of fruit juices.

5. AVOID ARTIFICIAL

sweeteners because they make you crave for sweets even more. Go for a big bowl of sweet, seasonal fruits after your meals to curb the cravings.

6. DRINK ENOUGH WATER

to keep yourself hydrated. Avoid drinks containing sugar such as squashes, undiluted fruit juices, carbonated soft drinks. Also avoid stimulating drinks as they contain caffeine.






7. STAY ACTIVE

by exercising at least three days a week for just 20-30 minutes. This can minimize your health risks, give flexibility to your body and keep diseases at bay. Exercise stimulates the release of ‘happy’ brain chemicals-endorphins, so get out your trainers.

8. DON’T SNACK

on anything you lay your hands on. Munch on a fruit and a small handful of nuts/seeds mid-morning or afternoon. Having a wholewheat bread/cracker or a few vegetable sticks with hummus, mid-afternoon, can help curb sweet cravings.

9. MANAGE STRESS

by identifying your stressors and writing it down in a dairy. Adopt more effective time management to allow time for relaxation. Join yoga/relaxation classes that also teach breathing exercises or go for outdoor sports to distract the mind.

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