There's no question about it — our brains are hardwired to crave sugar. That's because the substance provides the brain with an immediate hit of fuel, only it's the kind of fuel that burns itself out shortly afterward, leaving you with an empty tank. Here are some tips on how to stop that next sweet-tooth craving in its tracks.
Eat Plenty of Fruit
Fruit is naturally sweet, so it will satisfy your sugary urges while also providing your body with the nutrients that it needs. Berries contain many of the same compounds that you're craving, but you'll want to use them sparingly. One easy way to incorporate more fruit into your diet is to indulge in a daily homemade smoothie made with low-fat or non-fat dairy, such as yogurt. As a bonus, the protein in the yogurt will keep you feeling full longer, which will also keep your hands out of the candy dish.
For centuries, the leaves of the kratom tree have been used throughout Africa and southeast Asia as a form of pain management. The leaves can also fight fatigue and the unpleasant symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Since sugar cravings represent another form of addiction, kratom can also be beneficial in this regard.
Kratom can be infused in different types of products. The most common method involves steeping the leaves to make tea, but it can also be chewed, added to foods in powder form, or swallowed via measured capsules. Make sure to use the appropriate dose, as excessively large quantities can be harmful.
Sometimes, when we think we're hungry, the true culprit is dehydration. If you're not getting enough water, you're more inclined to crave specific foods, which isn't a sign of true hunger but a signal that your body is lacking something else it needs. The next time you crave sugar, try drinking a glass of water and waiting about 15 minutes to see if the craving subsides.
Plan Meals in Advance
Before going shopping, know what you're planning to make for each of the week's upcoming meals. Stick to the schedule, and keep a diary that tracks the food you actually eat during the week. When you're held accountable for every calorie you take in, you're less likely to give in to temptation when the cravings strike.
Conquering a sugar addiction can be rough. Fortunately, you don't have to do it alone. There are plenty of natural steps you can take toward regaining control over your sugar cravings — and your life.