If you’ve been paying attention to our blogs, or weight loss advice in general, you probably know that reducing your sugar intake is one of the best things you can do for your waistline. But abstaining from sugar isn’t just about losing weight; it will improve your moods, boost your energy levels, ward off serious chronic diseases, and even clear up your skin. If you want to feel better, look better, and get healthier, giving up sugar is the number one way to accomplish those goals.
But of course, it’s not that easy for most people. Sugar is somewhat addictive, for one thing. You know how it goes: A craving strikes, so you hit up the vending machine and enjoy a tasty treat. An energy boost follows… Followed by a crash and another craving. It’s a terrible pattern, but a common one.
Plus, sugary treats just taste good. We can’t argue with you there.
So, if you’ve resolved to get sugar out of your diet for good, how do you combat the cravings? There’s no perfect method that always works for everyone, but these five foods are known to make excellent substitutes when you’re dreaming of a sweet treat.
Berries. While juices are generally not recommended (they often contain high levels of natural sugars, or even added sugar), the whole fruits of berries are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. Eat them whole, or blend them with yogurt or frozen banana to make a cool, refreshing treat.
Greek yogurt. Speaking of yogurt, it can be helpful in combating sugar cravings. Sometimes these urges originate from an imbalance in your gut biome, in which bacteria or even a yeast overgrowth trigger sugar cravings. Yogurt can help balance the helpful bacteria in your digestive tract, and the protein tides you over between meals.
Celery sticks and peanut butter. Celery is rich in fiber, whereas peanut butter contains protein and fats. The combination is filling and provides a slow energy release (just go easy on the peanut butter if you’re following a weight loss diet).
Almonds. Almonds help to control blood sugar, limiting cravings of all sorts. Plus, they contain terrific heart-healthy fats that we all need to include in our diets.
Pumpkin seeds. Did you know that chocolate cravings often signal a need for more magnesium? Pumpkin seeds provide a healthy dose of this nutrient, making them a good option when you’re eyeing up the chocolate cake in the break room.
We hope these tips help you combat your sugar habit. But if you need more advice related to a weight loss diet, or health nutrition in general, please give us a call. We can help you set a daily caloric goal, balance your nutrients, and learn about foods that promote better long-term health.