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When people begin to eat clean they often feel much better…but usually not until after their bodies have transitioned from eliminating all that added sugar from their diet! When you feel your cravings stepping up (cravings almost always stem from the body wanting more sugar!) Ask yourself:
Do you really want some sugar?
I’ve had my moments! Especially when I’m alone and I know that no one else will know. But then I think, that’s not being fair to myself and I am the only one who won’t benefit from eating it. It’s been surprising to me because I really don’t eat a lot of added sugar on a daily basis! Getting over sugar cravings is not easy, know that the efforts you make are well worth it and the benefits will be long-term health improvements.
What is my body trying to tell me?
Have you ever wondered if these annoying cravings were trying to tell you something other than go grab a donut? What if, instead of sabotaging your health and weight loss efforts, they were sent to enhance your efforts to get fit and slim down?
Well, this is exactly what’s happening. When you experience a sugar craving it’s your body’s way of sending you a message that it needs something else in order to get the body you deserve: healthy, slim and energized. And once your body get’s these things it will stop sending you these messages!
Your body is trying to tell you that:
It needs water!
Your body doesn’t tell you that it is thirsty until you are on the verge of dehydration. Sometimes, when you get really dehydrated, your body signals this to you by sending out a sugar craving, or other strange food cravings for that matter.
So the first thing to do when you get a craving is to drink a full glass of water and then wait at least twenty minutes before you indulge your sweet tooth.
Please try and consume half your body weight in ounces of water a day!
It needs nutrients.
Often people think they are eating a great diet because they’re choosing fat-free or low-cal food. The unfortunate thing is that the highly-marketed healthy foods are some of the most nutrient depleted, contaminated foods on the planet. If you are eating foods that lack nutrients, the body will wind up in deficit.
If there is a deficit of nutrients your body will not have enough fuel to create the energy it needs to get you through the day. Your body will turn to whatever quick fix it can find to solve it’s energy shortage. Leading the list for quick fixes: sugar.
Please stop eating processed foods, restaurant foods, unhealthy prepared foods and switch to a clean, organic nutrient-dense whole foods diet.
Oftentimes when people are dissatisfied with their lives or just flat out bored they turn to food for comfort, pleasure, and enjoyment.
It’s important to recognize when you’re using food as a means to distract yourself, fill an empty void, or entertain yourself because your life is not as fulfilling as it could be.
Please try and dig deeper when a sugar craving strikes to find out what’s really going on.
9 Tips to stop your sugar cravings:
Oftentimes, people are looking for a quick fix or magical tip to stop their cravings. When, in essence it’s all about making a handful of small changes that will add up to fewer cravings and feeling healthier and more energized. My tricks for stopping cravings are:
- Eat often: This not only helps balance your blood sugar, but it also lessens the cravings you will have.
- Eat dried fruit: Many people crave sweet foods after they eat. Eating something like fruit, or a dried fruit, following a meal can help. Don’t overdo it, though because fruits do contain sugars and dried fruit is generally higher on the glycemic index than fresh fruit.
- Go Nuts: Try eating nuts or nut butters (like peanut, almond, cashew butter). Nuts can often fill that need for something salty and satisfying.
- Salad greens: Many grocery stores stock mixed salad greens. Eating greens before a meal tends to fill people up; they are also loaded with vitamins and other nutrients (which is what your body is really craving) so it’s a great two-for-one filler-upper!
- Up the Fiber: Eat some form of fiber before every meal. Fibers swell and helps you to feel full.
- Exercise: When you feel the cravings beginning, go for a walk. Exercise not only gets you out of the kitchen and away from the temptations but it has also been shown to reduce cravings.
- Brush your teeth: Brushing gives you a bit of that sweet taste you are looking for and many people don’t feel like eating once their mouths are clean.
- Drink water: Sometimes cravings get mixed up in your brain and what your body really needs is water and not sugar.
- Remember, it is just a craving: You are not a slave to your cravings. When you start to feel that you really need something sweet, stop and think about it. You have probably eaten recently so you are not going to starve – even though your brain is trying to convince you that you are. You will be surprised how cravings disappear after a while.
Will my cravings ever stop?
I can’t say that you will never want something sweet again but you will not have such strong urges for sweets after this. Improving your overall diet and getting sufficient fiber and healthy protein in your diet will help retrain your body and stave off future cravings.
Whenever you find yourself impulsively reaching for something you know is not good for you, take a moment to slow down, breathe and reevaluate the situation. Why do you really want this? Are you hungry? Then eat some protein and fiber! Are you thirsty? Drink some water! Are you bored? Get active; go out for a walk, a run, start that Pinterest project you pinned months ago!
Remember: Plan your foods and have healthy snacks on hand. If you get hungry you will be more likely to give in to temptation. Have a plan and make a commitment to yourself to stick to that plan. The only person you have to be accountable to is you!
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Imogen Meloche Windsor, Ontario