Growing up, we’ve all been drawn towards some sort of sugar. Gummy worms and chocolate are my guilty secret! And thanks to hidden sugars in everything, most of us suffer from sugar cravings! But if we are not careful, it can become easy to succumb to our sugar cravings, which in turn, can have a not-so-pleasant effect on our bodies. Still, there are ways to keep your cravings in check and not allow them to get out of hand. It may sound near impossible now, but here are some helpful tips to start you off:
1. Make a list for it
Because everything at Career Girl Daily involves a list or a plan, we recommend you create one for your cravings! So, scheduling my sugar intake was the first step I personally took to beating my sweet, sweet cravings. On days where I did not have much to complete, I would pencil in a specific time to have a piece of candy or some fruit, typically at the end of the day. And on days I had tons to attend to, I’d plan to have two sweets, both at a different time of the day. It’s a skillful way to not ruin your appetite before a meal, while also being the boss of your cravings.
2. Grab some fruit
Some sugar cravings can seem unbearable! Trust me, I’ve been there. The best way to handle this is to reach for some natural sugars. Having a piece of fruit can give you the boost of energy you need to tackle the remainder of the day or finish those last tasks before leaving work. Plus, you get to kill two birds with one stone – the cravings are satisfied and your body is healthier. Win win!
3. Moderate your sugar intake & make wise choices
Studies show that if you start your day with sugary foods, you will continue to crave for sugar throughout the day. So it’s key to moderate your sugar intake and make wise decisions on the kind of sugars to eat. You don’t have to deprive yourself, but instead, pass on the piece of cake and have a small piece of chocolate instead! It’s less of a leap from completely ignoring your cravings for sweets, but a great stepping stone towards keeping those afternoon cravings in check!
4. Avoid processed foods
And by this, I mean try avoiding processed food as much as possible. Granted there are some evenings where popping the frozen pizza in the oven is justified, but making it a habit is not. Take the time to plan your meals and feed your body the nutrients it deserves. A few cravings are sure to kick in now and again, but the frequency of those candy desires will soon decrease!
How do you curb your cravings?