Are you aware that animal studies have shown the brain is more satisfied by sugar than it is illegal drugs? This means the animals would choose sugar over cocaine. Cocaine! One of the most highly addictive stimulant drugs and they craved sugar more – and to think, pantries in American homes are stocked with foods loaded with sugar.
With this slightly alarming information, we encourage you to reevaluate your so-called sweet tooth. Try these tips to help ease your sugar cravings and let us know how they work for you!
1. Eat More Healthy Fats and Lean Proteins
Set yourself up for success by consuming more healthy fats and lean proteins – the foods that fill you up. Additionally, healthy fats like nuts, avocado, coconut oil, and lean proteins like turkey, chicken, and fish have less of an effect on blood sugar than carbohydrates, including sugar. Eating 3-5 meals per day rich in healthy fats and lean proteins reduces hunger and cravings for sugary foods.
2. Go Au-Naturale
Resort to fresh fruit or natural sweeteners when sugar cravings hit. Fresh fruits have the health benefits of fiber and water, in addition to providing a dose of sweetness. Likewise, natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or agave are a great alternative to artificial sweeteners, which can do more harm than good.
3. Add a Little Spice to Your Life
The amazing advantage of incorporating spices into the foods you eat is they enhance flavor while not increasing caloric count. Select spices that naturally sweeten foods to reduce sugar cravings. I recommend cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, or cardamom!
4. Move it or Lose it
I find the best way to combat those pesky sugar cravings is by staying busy. When I’m focused on a particular task or activity, I am less likely to succumb to my sweet tooth. Next time you find yourself obsessing over a sugary treat, go for a walk, call up an old friend, or engage your kids in a board game.
5. Get Ample Zzz’s
What has sleep got to do with it? Well if you think about it, when you’re tired, exhausted even, you seek out things that provide you with energy. For some of us this may be coffee, for others, sugar. Sugar is a great source for quick and easy energy. But when consumed in large amounts it causes us to crash. Don’t be fooled – get some rest!