Do you often find yourself desperate for a sweet treat? Are you looking to overcome a sugar addiction? In this blog we’re going to explore 12 tips that can help you break your sugar addiction.
Sugar cravings and addictions are common, as sugar is an addictive substance. Overconsumption of sugar can prevent weight loss, increase the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes, negatively impact mental health, and lead to a lack of energy.
Thankfully, there are many ways to stop your body from craving sugar. Here are twelve tips to help you overcome your sweet tooth!
1. Get Motivated
Write down your BIG reason “why” you want to overcome your sugar addiction and pin it to your fridge. What would your life look like if you were no longer addicted to sugar? How would it affect your health?
2. Avoid Simple Carbs
Simple carbs can increase your sugar cravings. They convert to simple sugars in the body quickly, often leading to a blood sugar spike and a subsequent energy crash. They are found in processed foods including white refined products such as rice, flour, and of course anything with added sugar. Instead, opt for complex carbs with high nutritional value like whole grains, legumes and vegetables. These whole foods contain fiber and take longer to digest, giving sustained energy.
3. Limit Sweeteners
Avoid white sugar and artificial sweeteners and limit your use of high glycemic sweeteners. It’s worth noting that coconut sugar is lower glycemic than most natural sweeteners. Also, limit your consumption of alcohol if you drink it.
4. Purge Your Pantry
Remove all processed sugary foods and processed simple carbs from your pantry, fridge, freezer, handbag, and nightstand! This includes candy, cakes, cookies, pastries, white bread and crackers, white rice, pancake syrup, sugary jams, soft drinks, tinned fruit, ice-creams, and fruit juices.
5. Nourish Your Body
The more you eat a healthy whole food plant-based diet, the less you will crave sugary products. Eat meals that are nutrient-dense and over time your body will start craving the good stuff instead of overly sweet processed foods!
6. Up Your Protein Intake
Increasing your protein intake can lower sugar cravings. Make sure you are getting protein with every meal to stabilize your blood sugar levels and maintain energy throughout the day. You can watch our videos on top plant proteins and how to balance blood sugar on our YouTube channel.
7. Replace The Baddies
Instead of sweets and pastries, opt for fresh or frozen berries, organic unsulfured dried fruits (keep to a minimum), sweet bell pepper slices with dip, cherry tomatoes, plain yogurt with fresh fruits, homemade energy bites, smoothies, a couple of squares of 85% dark chocolate, and homemade raw desserts made mostly with fresh fruits and nuts. Little bags of freeze-dried berries and unsalted nuts are great to keep in your handbag for on the go snacks.
8. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is one of the top causes of sugar cravings. Make sure you are getting enough liquids throughout the day. To calculate your daily water intake, divide your weight in pounds by 2 and that should be approximately how much water in fluid ounces you need each day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs you should be drinking 75 fl oz of water daily. You’ll need more if exercising or sweating. Switch to herbal teas or infused water instead of drinking sodas, sweetened drinks, or fruit juices.
9. Check for Deficiencies
Certain mineral deficiencies can lead to sugar cravings, especially magnesium and zinc as they are utilized in glucose and insulin function. Check with your healthcare provider to see if you are deficient. You can increase your magnesium levels by adding 2 cups of Epsom salts to a bath and soaking in it for 20 minutes. Foods high in magnesium and zinc include legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
10. Rest and Relax
A lot of people reach for sweet stuff when they feel stressed. Learn stress management techniques and find which ones work best for you. Some such techniques can include having a relaxing bath, reading a good book, using deep breathing exercises, going for a walk in nature, taking a few minutes out to meditate on God’s Word, regaining perspective on the situation, shifting your focus to something positive, and keeping a gratitude journal.
11. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can increase sugar cravings. If you are having problems sleeping then try switching off all electronic devices an hour before bed and read a book instead. Start a nighttime routine so your body is in a relaxed state when you are ready to sleep. Try to have lights out by 10:30 pm at the latest as this will improve your quality of sleep.
12. Keep a Food Diary
Keeping a food diary will help you track your cravings, what time of day you’re getting them, any correlating symptoms, and how you feel when eating healthily. Download a FREE copy of our Diet & Lifestyle Tracker by clicking here.
To recap, here are 12 tips that can help you overcome your sugar addiction.
Take a screenshot and keep it as a reference or print it out and use it as a guide.
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RESOURCES & FURTHER INFO
- Evidence of the exsistence of sugar addiction – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6234835
- Read our blog “How To Balance Blood Sugar” at https://www.replenishhealth.net/how-to-balance-blood-sugar/
- Discover the top plant sources of protein in our video “20 Vegan High Protein Sources” at https://youtu.be/YFikV5Epklo
- Learn more about magnesium in our blog “10 Signs And Symptoms Of A Magnesium Deficiency” at https://www.replenishhealth.net/signs-symptoms-magnesium-deficiency/
- 5. Read our blog “8 Ways To Naturally Relieve Insomnia” at https://www.replenishhealth.net/relieve-insomnia/