5 Ways to Satisfy Sugar Cravings

1. Small Meals

Eat small, balanced meals more frequently throughout the day to keep your blood sugar level steady. Make sure your meals contain a healthy mix of protein and fiber to keep you full and satisfied, prevent sugar cravings and help you stay on top of your self control.

2. Natural/Real foods

Sticking to naturally sweet foods, including berries, apples, pears, carrots, sweet potatoes and beets is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Since these naturally sweet foods are packed with fiber, the sugar gets absorbed into your bloodstream slowly. That means you skip the sugar high and resulting crash that leaves you craving more sugar in a vicious cycle. When a craving hits, reach for a couple piece of fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth while still getting nutrients like vitamins, minerals and fiber. Just remember not to go overboard on the fruit. Do a couple slices of apple or a hand full of berries. Small portions are still the key.

3. Get you ZZZ’s

Not getting enough sleep doesn’t just make you tired and sluggish, it also affects the hormones that play into your cravings. When you’re sleep deprived, your body produces more of the “hunger hormone” called ghrelin. Not getting enough sleep was associated with drinking more caffeinated sugary sodas and coffees to try and stay away. Get your sleep so you don’t have the caffeinated sugar cravings!

4. Good Bacteria

Your gut microbiota has a surprising amount to do with what you crave. The best way to alter your gut microbiota for the better is to eat fermented foods like greek yogurt (low sugar/carbs not the fake flavored yogurt), kefir, kombucha, tempeh, sauerkraut and kimchi. The probiotics in fermented foods supplement the “good” bacteria in your gut and provide an atmosphere for more good bacteria to grow.

5. Bitter Foods

Since bitterness is the opposite of sweetness, eating bitter foods when you crave sugar can help slide back the scale of your sweet tooth. Examples of bitter foods include: grapefruit, leafy greens like arugula, radicchio and kale and veggies like Brussels sprouts and radishes. As you continue to cut back on sugar and counter your sweet tooth with bitter foods, your taste buds will adjust.

Your taste buds turn over about every 21 days, just like most other cells in your body, so the longer you cut out sugar and counter your sweet tooth with bitter foods, the fewer sweet-craving taste buds you’ll have left.

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