Easter may have passed but it didn’t leave us alone, it’s final gift was a trail of delicious chocolate eggs. We all need a bit of TLC and no one wants good chocolate going to waste. But we also don’t want all this chocolate to lead to cravings in the future. Summer is just around the corner after all! So, here are tips on how to stop cravings naturally, once those eggs have gone…
1. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally
The all-natural plant sweetener ‘Stevia’ has zero calories, whilst not raising your blood sugar levels. Yet is still three hundred times sweeter than sugar! If you have sugar cravings and want to satisfy your sweet tooth safely, Stevia is your best bet. It makes a great replacement for sugar in baking (or even cocktails), so you no longer have to feel as guilty for treating yourself to some home baked goods (or for gulping down that pina colada).
2. Drink Plenty of Water
You may sometimes think that your body is asking for sugar when in fact it’s dehydrated and really craving water! Just like when we think we are hungry, a lot of the time our body just needs fluid. Try and aim for 2-3 liters a day. Not only will this help to keep you hydrated and away from that chocolate bar, but it will also make your skin glow and help you to feel fuller! Win win!
3. Reach for fruit
Keep fruit handy for when sugar cravings hit. Not only is fruit delicious, and versatile, but you’ll also get fiber and nutrients along with some yummy sweetness! Why not also stock up on foods like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits and keep at hand through the day as a snack when you feel a sugar craving. Guilt free snacking is the best snacking.
4. Get up and go
When a sugar craving hits, walk away. Grab your trainers and take a walk around the block or do something to change the scenery, to take your mind off the food you’re craving. Or, if you’re feeling good, go to the gym! Instead of caving into the calories, burn some off! You’ll soon forget that pizza down the road, and instead, impress yourself with your stamina. But if you’re still craving the sugar, try brushing your teeth as it will help to wipe away any craving you are urging for.
5. Give in a little
If the urge is real, allow yourself to eat a bit of what you’re craving. Maybe a small cookie or a fun-size candy bar. Enjoying a little of what you love can help you steer clear of feeling denied. Try to stick to a 150-calorie threshold, or you will topple over to the dark side!
Tell us what you do to curb your cravings. Just remember, anything in moderation is always the best policy!