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How to Curb Your Sweet Tooth

Sugar cravings are a vicious cycle. The more you eat, the more you want. It never ends! Don’t believe me? Just do a quick hunger check a couple hours after a breakfast of donuts and coffee. Chances are you’re left unsatisfied and craving more carbs. Satisfying that sweet tooth can give you a quick rush and a feeling of fullness, but it quickly wears off leaving you in a slump, especially when you haven’t added protein to the meal.

With summer quickly approaching, you’re probably thinking not only about how you’ll look in your swim suit, but also about how sluggish you’re going to feel in the sweaty summer heat. A diet full of carbs is certain to leave you disappointed so what can you do to fight off the urge to indulge in Fourth of July cherry pie or homemade ice cream at the neighbor’s barbecue?

Keep scrolling to see a few surefire ways to help you keep your hand out of the cookie jar:

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1. Prepare and StoreHealthy Desserts
There are lots of healthy desserts you can make ahead and store in the freezer or fridge that aren’t full of sugar and calories. Keeping some on hand will give you something to reach for when your sweet tooth gets the best of you.

A couple to try:
Sugar-free chocolate pudding with fresh berries
Greek yogurt with honey
Luna protein bar

2. Boost Your Fitness Routine
Even if you’re already working out, adding just a few more minutes of cardio can help you sweat off some of those toxins that keep your body craving junk. Not to mention, boosting your fitness level will burn off some of those extra calories you’ve stored up. So, swim an extra lap around the pool with the kids, or add another block to your morning walk. 

3. Eat More Often
The longer your body has been without food to digest, the more it will crave the unhealthy stuff, so try eating 5 small meals a day to keep hunger at bay. Also, eating every few hours helps keep blood sugar and hormones stable, which is another craving-deterrent. 

4. Choose Natural Sweeteners
Peanut butter and honey are a great healthy alternative to processed sugars and can help keep you satisfied when you need something sweet. Also, keep lots of fruit on hand to snack on between meals.

5. Cut Sugar Cold Turkey
The idea here is to completely rid your body of the stuff that makes you crave more of it. Just like an alcohol or drug addiction, completely ridding the body of it helps some people give it up for good. But I didn’t say it would be easy!

6. Just Give In
So, what do you do if you just can’t seem to kick the habit? Give in — but just a little. For some people, depriving themselves of what they crave actually, has a reverse psychological effect that makes them prone to binging. Rather than gorging yourself on Twinkies and ice cream, allow yourself one treat per week, or a small piece of chocolate after your workout.

7. Drink Plenty of Water
When your body is dehydrated even slightly, your brain can mistake it for hunger. And guess what it craves? That’s right — a quick carb fix!  Before you reach for the candy drink a glass of water instead.

8. Add a Chromium Supplement
Chromium is a great supplement to help stabilize blood sugar and keep cravings down. You can pick up a bottle of 200 mg capsules almost anywhere and take one a day with a meal.

9. Eat Your Veggies
Mom didn’t make you clean your plate just for fun! If your body is full of the proper nutrients, it won’t feel like it needs to load up on fuel. If you have trouble getting all the vitamins you need, add a daily multivitamin to your morning routine.

10. Take a Nap
When all else fails, sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep boosts serotonin levels in the brain, leaving your body satisfied without unhealthy cravings. 

Bottom Line… a consistent diet and exercise regime are really the key to any healthy lifestyle, and it’s crucial for anyone looking to kick sweets to the curb. Try some of these methods to curb your cravings, but don’t be afraid to try something else. What works for one person certainly doesn’t always work for another. 

Most importantly – don’t beat yourself up! Giving in to a craving once in a while won’t thwart your efforts unless you let it affect what you eat the rest of the day. When you mess up (and we all do), just move on from it and do better for the next meal. You’re only human!

Do you have any tips that you swear by to fight your sugar cravings?  Let me know in the comments below and have a great day everyone!

Stay Inspired!
Jana

18 Comments
  • Very useful post honey 🙂

    Miki xx

  • Ashley says:

    Wonderful tips! Will have to give them a try.

    XOXO, Ashley
    http://reasyume.com

  • Kiri says:

    I love fresh berries and honey.. plus I always eat my greens.
    Sometimes a little bit of dark chocolate is just what the doctor ordered though.
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

  • Jennifer says:

    I definitely agree with #7, #9, and #10. 🙂
    Great post!

  • Shloka says:

    I’m actually trying to reduce sugar from my diet majorly and this is such a great set of tips! I need to try making some of those healthy desserts!

    x
    Shloka
    http://thesilksneaker.com

  • Annie says:

    Great tips – love peanut butter! I find that if I eat a fruity breakfast in the morning I don’t get cravings for the rest of the day. Veggies and water are super helpful too 🙂

  • HERRENDEZVOUS says:

    This was truly helpful, haha! Great post!

    XX

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  • Not having anything in the house is what helps me most.

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  • Kay Nguyen says:

    I find eating dark chocolate (70% or more) helps a lot! Love your blog <3

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  • Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for these amazing tips! <3 🙂 It's really hard to give up sugar some times, but I know it's for the greater good of our overall health! I've been actively trying to eat more veggies and fruits, and I find that it really helps!

    XO, Elizabeth
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  • Serein Wu says:

    Great tips! Fruit is my go to!

    xoxo Serein Wu
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  • I could get behind the nap tip pretty easily. I loved this post! x

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  • Esther says:

    I’m currently doing a no sugar diet and it’s hard but I’m seeing results already!

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  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Wowww, such great tips … I seemed to eat and crave for sweet snacks very often during the day … hopefully these wonderful tips will help me in my craving journey. 🙂
    As always Merci for the tips.

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