Addicted to sugar? Kick the habit
Sugar cravings are common and many of us are addicted to chocolate, candy or pastries that are high in sugar. One of the key reasons is that sugar releases dopamine that makes you feel good and it creates a spark of energy. Besides this, nutritional deficiency could also be a cause for sugar craving. Over time, you get addicted to sugar and keep reaching out for more and more sugar-filled products.
Relax before you hit the bed
If you are tired or stressed, your body will crave sugar for energy. Relax before you go to bed. Get eight hours of quality sleep. Waking up too early or going to bed late will leave you sleep deprived and craving for the sugar rush.
Go for exercise
Once you reduce the intake of sugar, your body will start looking out for a new source of energy. This is the time to start bringing in exercise. When you exercise, this increases your endorphins or “happy hormones,” and this brings down sugar cravings and improves your mood in a natural way.
Sometimes sugar cravings are the result of the body being dehydrated. Drink a glass of water and wait for few minutes, you are likely to feel better.
Know the different names of sugar
Sugar is not always mentioned as sugar on food labels. It can come disguised in different names such as agave nectar, lactose, brown rice syrup, molasses, and dextrose. It may also lurk in foods you least expect it to be used in such as barbecue sauce, reduced-fat salad dressings, pasta sauce, breads, baked beans, and some flavored coffees.
Go for high protein
Foods that are high in protein keep you feeling fuller for longer and don’t create sugar spikes liked refined carbs and sugars. Choose healthy proteins such as eggs, nuts, lean chicken, low-fat yogurt, and legumes such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils.