How To Control Sugar Cravings
We’ve all been there. Sitting at our desks, clacking on our keyboards, minding our own business, when suddenly it hits you – that urge to devour a bowl of gulab jamuns, a slice of that creamy cheesecake or maybe your favourite chocolate bar.
These sugar cravings can show up without warning and can be oh-so-hard to fight off. If you’re having a busy or stressful day, it’s sometimes just easier to give in to eating sweets and ‘treat yo self.’ However, if you find yourself treating yourself almost every day, it’s time for an intervention. These sweet cravings may seem innocent at the moment, but the consequences are anything but sweet. Read along to learn more about sugar cravings and follow these tips to control your sweet cravings.
1. Consume adequate protein, fat & fibre
This is an essential thing to look out for, especially for those who are on a diet. If your body doesn’t get the nutrition it needs, it starts craving for ‘fast fuel’ as a way to catch up. This is when you’ll find yourself reaching out for that candy bar or that pack of chips. It’s easy, convenient and gives you the satisfaction you’re pining for, but it can be damaging in the long run. But temporarily. You’ll find yourself craving sweets more and more if you adopt this shortcut. The best solution here is to make sure you don’t skimp on calories, as only calories give you energy. Ensure your diet contains a balance of good fat, protein and fibre. Cook your own meal that contains all the necessary nutrients. With DBS Promotional Offers at digibank, you can get discounts on groceries. Another incentive to eat healthily!
2. Have a regular meal routine
It’s easy to get sucked into work and push breakfast, lunch or even dinner (looking at you workaholics over there!) by a couple of hours here and there. It may seem harmless at first, but your body feels otherwise. Waiting too long between meals compels you to choose something sugary to satiate the growing hunger immediately. Moreover, eating regularly is also vital to keep blood sugar levels stable.
3. Limit your salt intake
There’s a lot of invisible sodium in the foods you eat, especially if you eat out regularly or eat many processed and packaged foods. The amount of salt in these foods can be alarming. And yes, you guessed it, the more salt you consume, the more sugar your sweet cravings arise. Think about it. Don’t you always want to chase a bag of salty potato chips with half a dozen doughnuts? You could avoid the latter by eliminating the former efficiently. We’re not saying stop eating salt and suck the joy out of your life, but moderation is key! Even food we perceive as healthy often contains too much sodium. Just be more aware of this, and you’ll soon be able to filter out a chunk of it.
4. Limit your starch intake
Just like salt, starch is one of the silent culprits behind your craving for sweets. Not only will pasta have you craving a big fat slice of your favourite dessert, but it can also release sugar into the bloodstream. The only way to deal with this (apart from going cold turkey) is to practice portion control and combine good fats and protein with your starch. A few drizzles of olive oil and a few chunks of broccoli go a long way in curbing those sugar desires.
5. Give your body something sweet
If you’re at the point where you have to give in, turn to fruit or a sweet herbal tea. This works better if you can predict your sugar cravings (e.g. if you know you’re going to want chocolate at 3 pm after lunch every day, act in advance and eat an apple). The natural sugar in these can satiate that ‘need’ for sugar.
If you’re genuinely having an abysmal day, eat that candy bar or that slice of cake. Just make sure it doesn’t become a habit or a coping mechanism. Also, watch how much you eat and keep the quantities small, just enough to silence the sugar monster in you.
Some people also claim that hot showers help curb their sugar cravings. It’s not a method that works universally, but worth a shot, we think. As per everything, there’s no one hard-and-fast magic rule which will keep you off the sugars, and you need to try different things and figure out what works for you.
If you decide to cut sugar off completely, note that the first 48 hours are the most difficult so make sure you’re stocked up on willpower!