It’s been a few days since you started the Sugar Reset Challenge and you know reducing sugar is better for your physical, mental, and emotional health, but you may also be having some intense cravings and symptoms of sugar withdrawal.
Never fear! Today Andrea is going to share a few short tips to help you beat those cravings, and stay on track.
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- The Barbara’s Team
Sugar is addictive, so it is possible that you may exhibit withdrawal symptoms as you begin to lower your sugar intake. Severity of symptoms can vary from person to person and may include:
- Mood changes
- Intense cravings for sugar and/or carbs
Note: Choose as many or as few as you need to get the job done.
Tips to Conquer Sugar Cravings
- Retrain your taste buds. It is possible to retrain your taste buds to enjoy foods and beverages that are less sweet. Do it gradually by eliminating or reducing one sweet treat every few days. For example, if you use a teaspoon of sugar in your coffee, reduce that amount to half a teaspoon for a few days, then a quarter, then none. If you usually have cookies every day, reduce it to once or twice a week.
- Reach for fresh fruit. When you get an urge for something sweet, choose fresh fruit, which also pack fiber and antioxidants along with some natural sugars. Fruits lowest in sugar are avocado, fresh cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, plums, and papaya, but don’t be frightened off by the ones with higher amounts of sugar. Be sure to eat the whole fruit and not the fruit juice, as the fiber will help you feel full and less likely to want to reach for that candy bar!
- Drink more water. Staying well hydrated can help reduce sugar cravings.
- Try flavored waters. Make your own naturally flavored water and keep it in the refrigerator for when cravings hit. Some of the most commonly added flavors include slices of lemon, lime, apple, or mint leaves.
Within a few days you will feel the difference and after a few weeks, you’ll wonder why you didn’t lower your sugar intake sooner!
Andrea Donsky, B. COMM, is an Author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), Editor-in-Chief, and Founder of NaturallySavvy.com. Her passion is to inspire people to make enlightened choices for healthy living. Andrea has combined her background and expertise as both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an entrepreneur to educate the public on living an organic and non-GMO lifestyle through the creation of her businesses, books, articles, videos, speeches, and media appearances.