Valentine’s Day is becoming as bad as Halloween with all the sweets and chocolate. If you are like many of my clients (and me!) you over did it this weekend with sugary treats, baked goods and chocolates hearts. Well, instead of beating yourself up over it just use these simple steps below to make sure those sugar cravings don’t take over your life.
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, causing sugar cravings to be more frequent. Try blueberry green tea instead of coffee or start your morning out with a green smoothie! A sweet treat filled with tons of vitamins and nutrients that is sure to help you get back on track.
- Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. After all the sugar consumption this weekend, be sure to drink LOTS of water to rehydrate and reduce those cravings.
- Eat sweet vegetables and fruit They are sweet, healthy and delicious. The more you eat, the less you crave sugar. Since, I too indulged yesterday this morning I roasted a bunch of sweet root veggies (think: parsnips, sweet potatoes, beets, brussels etc) to snack on today.
- Eliminate fat-free or low-fat foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavor and fat, which will send you on the roller-coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.
- Move your body. Daily movement helps to balance your blood sugar levels, boost your energy, and reduce tension without medicating yourself with sugar! Even 10 min a day will be beneficial so no more excuses that you don’t have the time!
Remember that the more sugar you eat, the more your body craves it and the harder it becomes to kick the habit! You body does not biologically need sugar, but it does long for hugs, time with friends, outside time, workouts, massages, etc. So, enjoy sweetness in life not in the kitchen!