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Oct 17, 2014
Health Tips

Beat your sugar cravings

Finding it difficult to resist sugary foods?

Do you feel like you are constantly giving in to your sugar cravings?

Like any other habit, turning to sugar can be a tough one to kick, especially if you are constantly exposed to a variety of sugary foods that come in attractive packages.

Festivals and sweets always go hand-in-hand. During this season, it becomes extremely difficult to refrain from tasting those mouth-watering sugary delights. It is great to celebrate and indulge a little, but you don’t have to stuff your face with celebratory foods. When it comes to food temptation, a strong mind alone can help you fight sugar cravings during festivals. The longer you can withstand these temptations, the easier it will become to get rid of this addiction. With sweets turning up everywhere how does one turn away?

Here are a few tips to kick your sugar cravings:

Never skip meals as doing so will only make you feel hungrier later. When people are hungry they often tend to reach out for sweet and sugary food items, if easily accessible. During festivals the house is full of sweets and in such times it is very easy to reach out to one when hungry.

Clean out your refrigerator by getting rid of unhealthy foods and tempting treats. For a sugar addict, there’s nothing tougher than resisting his/her temptations for sugary treats. The less you see such foods, the less there will be any temptation to eat them. Make sure to store sweets where they are not visually accessible.

Find a Healthy Substitute to satisfy your sweet cravings. Most people have a habit of eating something sweet after their meals (lunch & dinner). Make sure that there is always a healthy substitute that you can grab instead of calorific desserts. A box of raisins, a piece of fruit, peppermint tea, fresh fruit juices etc. are nutritious and can satisfy your cravings at the same time.

Experts believe that cravings last only for a certain period of time, like a couple of minutes. If you can wait it out and keep yourself occupied in something else every time you have a craving, you won’t even need any food substitutes. The next time your taste buds crave a sweet treat, just pick up your phone and chat with a friend, take a short walk or do something to distract yourself.

Some people tend to eat sweet foods for stress relief or to find comfort in traumatic situations. Learn to recognize your emotional eating triggers and break free from food cravings. If you’re depressed or lonely, call someone who always makes you feel better, play with your dog or cat, or look at a favorite photo or cherished memento.

As hard as it may be to believe, you CAN quit the sugar habit. Not only will you lose some weight in the process, but you will also increase your confidence level, feel positive and more energetic.