Holidays are a great time to gather with family and friends, create memories and celebrate. They are also a time when sugar and less nourishing foods fill the table.
Since the holiday weekend, I’ve heard from clients and friends how they are struggling with cravings, especially sugar. Did you indulge in sweets and yummy treats over the weekend? You’re definitely not alone. Cutting back from sugar and resisting cravings can be challenging but there are some ways to do so successfully.
Below are my top tips for kicking sugar cravings and bouncing back to healthier habits with ease.
Top 5 Tips to Kick Sugar Addiction
- Consume Gut-Healthy Foods: Sweets and less nourishing foods can be hard on our gut. Loving our gut is so important for optimal health and disease prevention. Adding in foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented foods and drinks like kombucha and kefir can provide many benefits. Not only will they nourish the gut, but they also decrease sugar cravings. Add apple cider vinegar to homemade salad dressings to help reduce sugar cravings.
- Fill Up on Fiber: Fiber not only helps you feel full but it also helps to to detoxify the body. Something our body naturally wants to do during the spring season. Some recommended foods are avocados, Brussels, artichokes, figs, quinoa, coconut and berries.
- Don’t Skimp on Fat: When we hear the word fat, we often think negative thoughts. Healthy fat is so good for you and provides so many health benefits. It’s better to burn fat for energy than relying on sweets and caffeine for energy. Not only will consuming healthy fat provide more energy, but it will also help kick sugar cravings. Some recommended healthy fats are avocados, coconut oil, avocado oil and nuts.
- Don’t Forget the Protein: Protein is important and should be incorporated in your meals. Not only does healthy protein provide many benefits, but it helps balance blood sugar and reduces sugar cravings. Some preferred protein sources are grass fed beef and bison, wild caught salmon, organic chicken, adzuki beans, kefir, pasture raised (humane certified preferred) eggs and lentils.
- Healthier Swaps: If you’re craving sugar, there are healthier alternatives to feed the cravings. I love snacking on goji and mulberries. When making drinks or meals, swap out sugar and substitute it with local raw honey. Pure maple syrup is another great alternative. Grapes and baby carrots are a sweeter treat when you’re trying to eat healthier and fight off the cravings. Coconut sugar is a great substitute for meals and treats. I love snacking on dates and use them for many of my healthy treats.
RECIPE: Try this healthy treat recipe if you’re desiring something sweet and satisfying: CACAO DATE BLISS BALLS
Fighting off sugar cravings can be challenging but adding in these tips and being aware of your mindset can really help. Have you implemented tips that you’ve found work for you? I would love to hear and welcome your comment below.
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