1. Keep your blood sugar balanced
Low blood sugar can leave you feeling anxious, irritable and absolutely ravenous! In these imbalanced moments, you’re more likely to reach for quick, empty calories or comfort foods. Support your ability to make healthy food choices by eating small snacks that contain protein and/or healthy fats every few hours. Protein and healthy fats are highly satiating, so they’re perfect to carry in the car or purse.
Healthy fast foods include:
- A hard-boiled egg
- Turkey or beef jerky
- A small bag of nuts
- Hummus with baby carrots or snap peas
2. Kick the artificial sweeteners
If you really, REALLY want to tackle sugar cravings, it’s imperative that you stop the cycle of sugar addiction. Yes, this means decreasing your intake of artificial sweeteners. Many people think that synthetic sweeteners are ok because they have no calories, but that does not mean they are innocuous. The truth is: Artificial sweeteners are up to 600 times sweeter than sugar. While they have no calories, they do reinforce sugar cravings in the brain.
Start small by cutting back your intake. Replace flavored waters and diet sodas with counter-brewed teas like hibiscus, which is full of vitamin C and tastes amazing!
3. Manage stress
Chronic stress has been associated with increased appetite, sugar and fat cravings, abdominal obesity, low energy, poor concentration, heart disease, increased risk for strokes, diabetes (reduced sensitivity to insulin), osteoporosis and more! A daily stress-management program can help you keep a calm center and reduce the cravings that tear you down.
When you feel stressed-out, try:
- Taking a brisk 15-minute walk
- Listening to your favorite music
- Calling a friend or family member
- Connecting with your spiritual community