TAKE SLOW MEASURABLE STEPS
Most of us can’t quit bad habits cold turkey and sustain that change. Enjoy your soda today, but tomorrow opt for a juice than a tea or other unsweetened beverage. If you normally drink multiple sodas a day cut back and opt for smaller servings day after day. The same steps would apply for kicking daily candy or dessert habit.
It takes about a week to adjust the sensitivity levels. After a week of cutting sugar, it will begin to taste even sweeter than before and your cravings will diminish.
DON’T SKIP MEAL
When we go too long without eating our blood sugar levels drop causing us to crave things with simple carbohydrates such as sugars and treats because our bodies are looking for a quick blood sugar fix. Eat protein and complex carbohydrates at regular intervals (roughly every 2-4 hours) to sustain energy and suppress your appetite.
DON’T KEEP TEMPTATIONS WITHIN ARMS REACH
Try to avoid keeping temptation within easy sight. If you keep treats around the house keep them off the countertops or try to avoid having them around the house at all. If you have to go all the way to the store to get a sweet treat rather than reaching into your pantry, you will be less likely to go through all the effort of obtaining it. Out of sight, out of mind!
Being sedentary increases sugar cravings by making you feel lethargic and tired, so get up and walk when you feel a sugar craving coming on. Researchers found a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for a sugary chocolate bar by 12%.
If you’re used to drinking sodas or sweet teas, try infusing your water with fruits and citrus such as strawberries, lemon, lime, orange, or cucumber. HEART + HYDRATION is an excellent way to add flavor to your water without extra sugar.
Try snacking on fruit when you feel a sweet craving, or eat some nonfat Greek yogurt.
If you’re feeling like a more indulgent treat for dessert, try doing things like dark chocolate dipped strawberries or froyo dipped fruit. Try making a smoothie with rePLACE.