We often talk about the detrimental effects of eating excess sugar (good article HERE). In fact, much of the work we do with our individual clients and in our programs is help people wean off sugary foods and drinks.
However for those of you who have a strong sweet tooth, weaning down can be a huge challenge.
Fortunately, we have lots of tricks and tools to help make it easier.
In fact, below is a list of 5 easy strategies you can get started with right away. Start employing some of these strategies and see if your cravings begin to diminish.
STOCK UP ON LEMONS
Having a few tablespoons of lemon juice before or during a meal can help keep blood sugars more balanced, causing less swings between meals. One of our signature morning drinks is a lemon elixir, which not only improves digestion but also works on the blood sugar. Add lemons to your water and unsweetened ice tea, squeeze lemon juice over your veggies or grains, or use in a simple salad dressing with olive oil, sea salt, pepper and a dash of honey.
CONSUME FERMENTED FOODS AND BEVERAGES.
Start eating cultured vegetables and drinking coconut kefir. Sour food helps naturally reduce sugar cravings and, at the same time, provide probiotics, which support digestive health. Some of our favorites include Kevita and raw sauerkraut.
FAVOR THE FAT
Fats provide satiety and help to keep your blood sugar stable by moderating the absorption of quicker digesting carbs. Healthy fats include those found in avocados, nuts/seeds, coconut, extra-virgin olive oil, and the natural fats found in animal products such as wild salmon and pastured eggs. Be sure to have at least one source of healthy fat at each meal.
Consider this: sugar cravings may actually be a result of magnesium deficiency. In fact, 80% of the population is deficient in this amazing mineral that is responsible for over 300 reaction in our body, including blood sugar control. Not surprisingly, a high sugar intake DEPLETES magnesium. Be sure your diet includes plenty of magnesium rich foods, including dark leafy greens, raw cacao, nuts and seeds, brown rice, quinoa, and avocado.
HAVE A GURU “ALMOND JOY!”
If you find the craving is not subsiding, try having 2 teaspoons of almond butter mixed with 2 tsp coconut oil or coconut manna (coconut butter). This combo of healthy fat and protein often can stop a craving in its tracks.
Keep in mind that a craving typically lasts no more than 10-20 minutes. Take a walk, preferably in nature if you can. Or find a quiet, comfortable spot to relax. Breathe in and out deeply and slowly for 20 seconds. Ride out the wave, knowing that it should subside within a reasonable amount of time.
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