Many of us take up cutting down sugar as our New year resolution with the onset of January. Then, steadily our Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp statuses burst with modest pictures of people who swore off sugar at the beginning of the month. Many of our clients are advised to cut back on the sweet stuff which eventually becomes common over the holidays, and it’s very clear that people struggle really hard to keep up with their ” no/ Less sugar” resolution.
The cola, soft drinks they consume with pizza, biryani every time at a party, the cake, the pastries, the Nutella bathed pancakes, the chocolate pie etc makes it too tough for us to resist them and we can feel that for sure, as you read on and drool. Let’s understand Why is sugar so powerful, and how can we beat it?
Sugar cravings happen for various reasons. And to understand those reasons, First, ask yourself and find out, is your blood sugar unbalanced? Next question, are you getting enough of the right essential nutrients? One more, do you sleep enough and timely? You might have made eating sweet items your habit. So ask yourself, do you eat something sweet every time you get upset? Or after every meal labelling it under the very famous “kuch meetha ho jaye?” The answers to these questions will help you figure out what, specifically, you need to address to beat sugar successfully. And later on, we have some additional hacks that can help you tame your sweet tooth.
It might be that You don’t eat enough, or you eat the wrong things with lesser nutrients.
When you don’t eat enough calories, your body starts looking for fuel fast as a way to catch up. So what does it do? Craves sugar! As you know, sugar gives you quick energy, even though it’s not necessarily doing good to you.
Sometimes we experience cravings that are nothing but a habit. Perhaps you’ve spent decades reaching for chocolate to combat stress, or relying on ice cream to come out of sadness. Listen to cravings and try to determine their root: true hunger, emotional eating or habit.
If you have picked up a bad habit, Like eating chocolate or laddu after dinner or having sweet biscuits with your tea, then it might get extra difficult in resisting it. When something becomes a habit, especially when it comes to food, you have to ask yourself Are you even aware you’re doing it?
One more thing should come to your notice- Dehydration. You may be dehydrated. You may sometimes think that your body is asking for sugar, when in fact it’s dehydrated and craving water! It’s all about understanding what your body needs as per what you provide it with.
Sugar cravings affect everyone. In fact, quickly removing it from your diet can cause withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue, anger, frustration, depression, headaches and muscle aches. No wonder it isn’t easy to quit.
The key to dealing with them is knowing and understanding why you’re getting them in the first place and making necessary changes to lessen them in the future.
Here are some tricks to help you successfully punch the sugar cravings.
Plan your meals in advance, and
Start your day with a High-protein breakfast, it will surely reduce your craving. The less sugar you eat in the morning, the more balanced you will be all day.
Avoid heavy, starchy meals, like a bowl of pasta or rice, with no fiber or protein. Because after consuming that your body gets excess calories which are absorbed fast and they fail to make you feel full or satisfied. In other words, that big bowl of sugar doesn’t provide as much satiety as protein or fat does.
Dehydration signs oozing out from your body might be misunderstood for hunger, so drink plenty of water, around 10 to 12 glasses of water everyday. Add lemon, berries or other fruits to your water to make it more flavorful and delicious to have.
Also, if you eat too much salty food or When you dine out or eat packaged, processed foods, your food has more sodium in it than you probably even realize. Just remember, the saltier your food is, the bigger your sweet craving gets. It’s the directly proportional relationship that’s working there.
Go for the trick instead of treat. Deceive your body by eating something sour when you want something sweet. The sour flavor can stimulate the taste buds and prevent you from the hanging sugar craving.
When you crave sweets, wait 5-10 minutes and change your focus and surroundings. Just divert your mind, Take a walk, or get into a conversation, start painting or reading a book. Perhaps you can distract yourself out of at least one sugary meal.
To satisfy your sugar cravings in a more healthful way, turn to vegetables such as sweet potatoes, beets and carrots. Other naturally sweet foods include coconut, bananas, frozen grapes, dates, vanilla, and cinnamon. Berries are another option.. And high-fiber foods such as broccoli, cauliflower and kale make you feel full longer than many quickly digested foods such as cereal, bagels and other simple carbohydrates.
Ginger and turmeric help prevent insulin resistance, go for hot turmeric milk, ginger-infused smoothies, as you work to control your sugar binge.
If sugar has already seized your body and you want it to lose control over you ASAP, then you need to be patient and deal with the withdrawal symptoms for 3-4 days. For some, the cravings are likely to remain for at least the first week. After that, some of the negative habits and cravings will vanish, and hopefully, you can
Adopt mindful eating and enjoy a healthy life. If you still feel like things are not falling into place, you can always take our nutritionist’s help. Just go for our NutriFit program and feel the difference.