We all know we need to reduce our intake of sugar, especially the processed white stuff. But if you’re a long-time sugar addict it’s easier said than done. Don’t worry I’m here to help you stop those sugar cravings with 7 easy steps.
Here are my top easy tips to get you through a no-sugar diet plan or challenge!
1. Fat, Protein + Fiber
You are more likely to crave sugar if you are not completely satiated after a meal. By including protein and a good source of healthy fat in each meal, you are less likely to crave sweet foods in-between meals. And ensuring you eat enough fiber will help your digestion work properly.
2. Dairy + Gluten
If you already avoid them, then continue doing that. However, don’t combine a no-sugar challenge with anything else. It’s best to focus on one thing at a time. However, try to make sure you have whole-grains (no white stuff!) to help keep your blood glucose levels in check. And organic full-fat dairy will help keep you satiated and reduce sugar cravings.
3. Have sweet foods during meal times
Naturally sweet foods such as baked sweet potato, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, cashew butter…and sweet flavors such as vanilla, cinnamon, and fennel, are all great options to include in your meals, adding a subtle sweetness. This is especially useful for those of you that enjoy sweet foods for breakfast.
4. Avoid black tea & coffee
If you are like me and enjoy your black tea and coffee with something sweet then it’s much easier to avoid it. I switch to herbal teas that I enjoy without sugar such as rooibos, fennel or nettle teas. And to replace coffee I usually have a Superfood Hot Chocolate. This is also a useful tip if you enjoy eating sweet foods in the evening. No caffeine means you are more likely to go to bed early and avoid those late-night sugar cravings.
Drink enough water, herbal tea and even coconut water which has a slightly sweet taste during the day. Sometimes when we are thirsty we think we are hungry when all we need is some H2O.
6. Change your routine
Think of the times you normally would want sweet foods and change your routine to avoid those times. If it’s morning like me, maybe delay your breakfast until you are really hungry and that way fresh fruit, a smoothie or avocado toast will be more appetizing. Maybe you have sugar in the afternoon? Go for a walk. How about late at night? Brush your teeth after dinner and go to bed early.
7. Avoid trigger foods
If you tend to have a soft drink when you eat burgers, then avoid burgers during the challenge. If like me you crave ice cream after Japanese, don’t eat Japanese! Simple.
Are you up for the challenge? Check out my easy 3-stage no sugar challenge and best of luck. You can do it!