Hands up if you’ve ever Googled ‘how to manage sugar cravings’?
Battling the (refined) sugar addiction is tough – that stuff is addictive as heck! Plus, they put sugar in just about everything these days… even foods that aren’t even “sweet”. ⠀
Cravings are driven by your brain’s need for a “reward”, not your body’s actual need for food as fuel.
If you can have a small amount and feel satisfied, then indulging a little when you get a craving is fine!
But if you tend to binge and overeat as soon as you get a taste of sugary foods, then it might be best to steer clear for a prolonged period of time.
All things in moderation occasionally work for some, BUT, if you feel unable to refrain from sugar cravings, do a pantry audit and remove any items with refined sugars (at least for now). If you have a hard time throwing out food, you can always take donation box to your local soup kitchen.
Stock your house with fresh fruits, or snacks with healthier versions (without refined or added sugars). I love to keep frozen grapes and cherries on hand!
Opt for natural sweeteners like dates, bananas, or unsweetened applesauce.
Try sparkling water (hello, Topo Chico) or kombucha instead of soda/energy drinks.
I used to ignore my hunger cues because of work or felt “it wasn’t the right time to eat” so I need to wait until actual meal time. These blood sugar imbalances always resulted with overshooting my appetite at the next meal and often continued snacking up until bedtime.
Again, just know yourself, and decide if you need a break from refined sugar altogether- at least until your cravings clear and don’t control your mind.
Like other junk food cravings, sugar cravings become a lot easier to manage (and eventually disappear) when you fully transition to a whole food plant-based diet and follow the above tips.
Word to the wise – read nutrition labels! The food industry has many names for refined sugar and they’re not always obvious. Here are just a few of the sneaky ingredients to look out for (and avoid) when reading nutrition labels:
So do you need to stop eating sugar altogether to lose weight? No!
Being mindful about what forms of sugar you are consuming and how they make you feel is the first step to beating the cravings and giving your sugar addiction the boot for good!
Making healthy and nourishing plant-based recipes that satisfy your sweet tooth doesn’t have to be complicated – in fact it’s the opposite!
From breakfast ideas you’ll be jumping out of bed for, to delicious desserts and sweet treats, check out my recipe book and grocery guide A Fresh Start. It’s jam packed with wholesome, guilt-free recipes I make on the daily.