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8 Ways To Cut Down Your Need For A Sweet Fix

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Consider this.: The mere view of a box of doughnuts makes you leap from your place and pounce over it with unstoppable greed. Sweets, pastries and ice creams seem to form the inner lining of your stomach.

Or worse; how much ever you try, the absence of anything sugary only makes you go crazy.Sugar results in a cycle of hunger and moodiness, and chances are that you will get addicted to it. Initially you will feel happy and energized. But this is nothing but a trap. A ‘sugary’ trap, rather. Due to the lack of real nutrition in sugar, blood sugar plummets leaving you tired and hungry. Here;s how to combat the abuse of the urgent need for a sugary fix:

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1. Give in a little. 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, so try to stick to a 150-calorie threshold.

2. Combine foods. If the idea of stopping at a cookie or a baby candy bar seems impossible, you can still fill yourself up and satisfy a sugar craving, too.  Make a healthy trail mix of chocolate chips and almonds or freeze sliced bananas with peanut butter for a satisfying treat. As a beneficial bonus, you’ll satisfy a craving and get healthy nutrients from those good-for-you foods.

3. Go cold turkey. Cutting out all simple sugars works for some people, although the initial 48 to 72 hours are tough. Some people find that going cold turkey helps their cravings diminish after a few days; others find they may still crave sugar but over time are able to train their taste buds to be satisfied with less.

4. Grab some gum. If you want to avoid giving in to a sugar craving completely, try chewing a stick of gum.Research has shown that chewing gum can reduce food cravings.

5. Reach for fruit. Keep fruit handy for when sugar cravings hit. You’ll get fibre and nutrients along with some sweetness. And stock up on foods like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.Have them handy so you reach for them instead of reaching for the old sugary something.

6. Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. Take a walk around the block or do something to change the scenery to take your mind off the food you’re craving.

7. Choose quality over quantity. If you need a sugar splurge, pick a wonderful, decadent sugary food, but keep it small. For example, choose a perfect dark chocolate truffle instead of a king-sized candy bar, then savour every bite — slowly.Don’t swear off favourites — you’ll only come back for greater portions. Learn to incorporate small amounts in the diet but concentrate on filling your stomach with less sugary and healthier options.

8. Eat regularly. Waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that cut your hunger. Instead, eating every three to five hours can help keep blood sugar stable and help you avoid irrational eating behaviour. Your best bets? Choose protein, fibre-rich foods like whole grains and produce.MYNEWSHUB/WEBMD

 

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