12 WAYS TO OVERCOME SUGAR CRAVINGS | Break Your Sugar Addiction

12 WAYS TO OVERCOME SUGAR CRAVINGS | Break Your Sugar Addiction

Do you often find yourself desperate for
a sweet treat? Are you looking to overcome a sugar addiction? In this video,
we’re going to explore 12 tips that can help you break your sugar addiction. Sugar cravings and addictions are common,
as sugar is an addictive substance. Overconsumption of sugar can prevent
weight loss, increase the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes,
negatively impact mental health, and lead to a lack of energy. Thankfully, there are
many ways to stop your body from craving sugar. Here are 12 tips to help you
overcome your sweet tooth. #1. Get motivated. Write down your big reason
“why” you want to overcome your sugar addiction and keep it on your fridge.
What would your life look like if you were no longer addicted to sugar? How
would it affect your health? #2. Avoid simple carbs. Simple carbs
can increase your sugar cravings. They convert to simple sugars in the body
quickly, often leading to a blood sugar spike and a subsequent energy crash. They
are found in processed foods including white refined products such as rice,
flour, and of course anything with added sugar. Instead, opt for complex carbs with
high nutritional value like whole grains, legumes, and vegetables. These foods
contain fiber and take longer to digest, giving sustained energy. #3. Limit
sweeteners. Avoid white sugar and artificial sweeteners, and limit your use
of high glycemic sweeteners. It’s worth noting that coconut sugar is lower
glycemic than most natural sweeteners. Also, limit your consumption of alcohol
if you drink it. #4. Purge your pantry. Remove all
processed sugary foods and processed simple carbs from your pantry, fridge,
freezer, handbag, and nightstand. This includes candy, cakes, cookies, pastries,
white bread and crackers, white rice, pancake syrup, sugary jams, soft drinks,
tinned fruit, ice cream, and fruit juices. #5. Nourish your body. The more
you eat a healthy whole food plant-based diet, the less you will crave sugary
products. Eat meals that are nutrient dense and over time your body will start
craving the good stuff instead of overly sweet processed foods. #6. Up your
protein intake. Increasing your protein intake can lower sugar cravings. Make
sure you are getting protein with every meal to stabilize your blood sugar
levels and maintain energy throughout the day. #7. Replace the baddies.
Instead of sweets and pastries, opt for fresh or frozen berries, organic unsulphured dried fruits (keep these to a minimum), sweet bell pepper slices with
dip, cherry tomatoes, plain yogurt with fresh fruits, home made energy bites,
smoothies, a couple of squares of 85% dark chocolate, and homemade raw desserts
made mostly with fresh fruits and nuts. Small bags of freeze dried berries and
unsalted nuts are great to keep in your bag for on-the-go snacks.
#8. Stay hydrated. Dehydration is one of the top causes of
sugar cravings. Make sure you are getting enough liquids throughout the day. To
calculate your daily water intake, divide your weight in pounds by 2 and that
should be approximately how much water in fluid ounces you need
each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you should be drinking 75 fluid
ounces of water daily. You’ll need more if exercising or sweating. Switch to herbal teas or infused water instead of drinking sodas, sweetened drinks, or fruit
juices. #9. Check for deficiencies. Certain mineral deficiencies can lead to
sugar cravings, especially magnesium and zinc as they are utilized in glucose and
insulin function. Check with your health care provider to see if you are
deficient. You can increase your magnesium levels by adding 2 cups of
epsom salts to a bath and soaking in it for 20 minutes. Foods high in magnesium
and zinc include legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
#10. Rest and relax. A lot of people reach for sweet stuff when they feel
stressed. Learn stress management techniques and find which one’s work
best for you. Some such techniques can include having a relaxing bath, reading a
good book, using deep breathing exercises, going for a walk in nature, taking a few
minutes out to meditate on God’s Word, regaining perspective on the situation,
shifting your focus to something positive, and keeping a gratitude journal.
#11. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can increase sugar cravings. If you
are having problems sleeping then try switching off all electronic devices an
hour before bed and read a book instead. Start a nighttime routine so your body
is in a relaxed state when you are ready to sleep. Try to have lights out by 10:30
p.m. at the latest as this will improve your quality of sleep.
#12. Keep a food diary. Keeping a food diary will help you track your
cravings, what time of day you’re getting them, any correlating symptoms, and how
you feel when eating healthily. We have included a link for you to download a
free copy of our “Diet & Lifestyle Tracker” in the description below. To
recap, here are 12 tips that can help you overcome your sugar addiction. Take a
screenshot and to keep it as a reference or print it out and use it as a guide. If
you need help transitioning to a plant-based diet we have a new free ebook
“Going Plant-Based”. We’ve linked this and further resources in the description
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  1. If you love healthy recipes and would like support on your health journey, join our Plant-Based Success Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/replenishhealth.

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