One of the biggest contributing factors to the failure of a diet is the caving in to sugar cravings! Here are six easy to follow steps that will assist in reducing those cravings.
Increase Fibre Intake
Fibre moves through the body undigested, which in turn maintains blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling full and satisfied longer. High-fibre foods include vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes. When upping your fibre intake drink more water to prevent constipation.
Eat More Protein
Protein reduces hunger and sugar cravings. Protein also reduces the levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and like fibre, it also helps maintain normal blood sugar levels to prevent sugar withdrawal symptoms. Good sources of protein include grass-fed beef, lentils, wild caught fish, black beans, organic chicken and eggs.
Thirst is often confused with hunger, and sometimes all it takes is drinking a bit of water and staying hydrated to counteract any cravings.
Eating plenty of probiotic-rich foods helps increase the beneficial bacteria in your gut, regulates blood sugar levels and reduces appetite. Examples of nutritious probiotic foods include kombucha, kefir, tempeh, miso, kimchi and natto.
Eat more Healthy Fats
Fat, like protein and fibre, promotes satiety while warding off sugar cravings. This is because fat is digested very slowly keeping you fuller for longer. Get your healthy fats from foods like avocados, nuts and seeds or coconut oil.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Sugar
Fruit is a brilliant way to satisfy a sugar craving. Fruit not only contains natural sugars, but it is also has loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre that makes it a healthier choice. If you use a sweetener go for stevia which can help sweeten up foods and beverages without the negative effects of sugar.
By applying the six steps above, you will be implementing powerful tools that will assist in overcoming those cravings.
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