Sugar is addictive. One bite and it sets you up to crave for more. And you know the negative effects of overloading on sugar – weight gain, tooth decay, increase in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and higher risk for diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
To beat your sugar addiction, use these helpful strategies to kills your addiction before it kills you.
1. Have a positive mindset.
It’s going to be hard but you can do it! Set yourself up for success with a positive mindset. After all, cravings do go away. Take control of your diet and health and believe that you can get through it.
2. Don’t let yourself be hungry.
When you’re hungry, you’re most likely to give in to your cravings and munch on unhealthy snacks that contain a lot of sugar. Eat a balanced meal and a healthy snack on time, like every three to four hours. If you’re always on the go, make sure to pack yourself some healthy snacks to keep hunger at bay and avoid giving in to sugar temptations.
3. Have protein-packed meals.
To avoid reaching for that Snicker bar and keep yourself feeling fuller longer, load up on healthy proteins. Protein helps balance out your blood sugar, avoiding dips and spikes that cause sugar cravings.
4. Eat lots of salads and plant-based meals.
Your greens soak up starch and sugar and the glucose is slowly released into your bloodstream. When you get used to eating salads every meal, you begin to crave the greens and your taste for sugar will start to fade away naturally.
5. Maintain your magnesium level.
Studies show that chocolate cravings can sometimes be a result of a deficiency in the mineral magnesium. So check with your doctor and eat magnesium-rich foods such as dark leafy greens, tofu, nuts and legumes.
6. Keep yourself busy.
Distract yourself from thinking about or giving into those sugary temptations by keeping yourself busy with work, chores, entertainment, socializing, etc.