Sugar. This is a subject that deserves an entire book...but that's another day! Today I want to give you FIVE simple ways to curb your sugar cravings!
These tips are meant for those following the AIP lifestyle.....and especially for those in the beginning phases of food detox. They can also be useful when you find yourself under a great amount of stress.....as many of us have conditioned ourselves to turn to sugar for comfort.
I know.....I used to want to throw up AND throw a big giant eye roll when people would tell me to drink water to curb both hunger and cravings.
But they were right....and the advice was solid.
So hear me out when I tell you I know that listing this as the #1 tip may be very off-putting....but it works!! If you calculate your water needs (1/2 your weight in ounces) and are sure to meet that intake requirement daily.....you're sugar cravings will be greatly reduced!
An apple a day will keep the cravings away. The longer you maintain a diet without refined sugar.....the more you will begin to taste the real sweetness in real foods....such as apples. Apples are very satisfying as they provide you with both a sweet flavor AND a crunch! Crunch sends signals to the brain that really help to alleviate feelings of hunger.
Close second .... bananas.
Find a fruit that really satisfies you and rely on it one day at a time to keep you on track when avoiding sugar!
And here we are again....me recommending to you something that would have made me just GAG in the past. But again.....it's true and it works!!!
I must be honest and tell you that I simply cannot eat a large dried date to this day! I am only able to enjoy the ground dates that are rolled into balls.....and then rolled in coconut or chopped almonds. I buy THESE at my local grocer and they saved my BOOTY when I first started my AIP journey!
I never ever let my self run out...and I didn't even limit my self at first. I figured several of these throughout the day was better than caving and eating a pop tart! Within a few weeks, I was easily able to limit myself to 2 per day.
#4: Sweet Potatoes
This food is my superfood hero! I have no doubt I could survive if this was all I had left to eat for the rest of my life. I like them baked, broiled, stir fried, roasted, for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND yes.....dessert!
When I first began AIP, I did not realize I could have these little nuggets of goodness. I was about 8 weeks in before I realized they were allowed....and I rarely miss a day! For almost a year....I ate roasted sweet potato slices dusted in sea salt and cinnamon at bedtime! I've slept like a baby since that first night!
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Enough said right? Who doesn't love a smoothie? I always recommend smoothies on Day #1 to anyone joining The Best You. If you include the appropriate ingredients.....(protein, greens, fruit and fat) they will keep you satisfied for hours.....provide you with dense nutrition....and put your sugar cravings to rest immediately!
Giving up sugar isn't easy at the beginning but with these FIVE tips to help curb sugar cravings, you can do it!! And it is SO WORTH IT!
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