Ok, so here’s the truth… I LOVE Halloween candy just as much as you do!
I’m not one of those health nuts who says you can never eat _________ or you should always deprive yourself of _________, because honestly? The thought of never having candy or cupcakes again really stresses me out!
As long as you’re not allergic or intolerant to your favorite treats, then it’s totally ok to indulge once in a while.
Emphasis on the once in a while. While I do enjoy my Halloween candy, I focus on limiting my candy-palooza to just Halloween night and the day after.
Beyond that, it’s back to focusing on good-for-me foods until the next special occasion.
But what if those sugar cravings take over and you just can’t put down the Snickers and Skittles and Gummy Bears?
We all know sugar cravings can wreck our good intentions. Not only that, sugar causes headaches, energy crashes, and dull skin, among other things. Nobody wants to feel like crap and look like a zombie, especially when we’re counting down to holiday season, right?
So if you’re stuck riding the sugar train, then here are my top five tips to curb your sugar cravings so you can reclaim your energy, feel your best, and look like a million bucks.
1. Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, causing sugar cravings to be more frequent. Not only that, think about how you sweeten your coffee… is it with sugar or flavored syrup? Just reducing caffeine will eliminate lots of sugar by default.
2. Drink more water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Before you go for the sugar, have a glass of water and then wait a few minutes to see what happens to that craving. Caution: soft drinks are now America’s number one source of added sugar.
3. Eat sweet vegetables and fruit. Think about foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, and pears. They are sweet, healthy and delicious because they contain natural sugars that your body knows exactly how to metabolize. The more naturally sweet fruits and veggies you eat, the less you’ll crave refined sugar.
4. Get more sleep, rest and relaxation. When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy— in the form of sugar. These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late or waking up early, sometimes for months and years on end.
5. Slow down and find sweetness in non-food ways! You body does not biologically need refined sugar, but it does long for hugs, time with friends, being outdoors, workouts, massages, etc. When life becomes sweet enough itself, no additives are needed!
Your Action Step: Pick one or two of these tips to put into practice this week. You CAN end your sugar addiction without giving up the sweet stuff completely.
If you want to dive deeper and get my personal support, then contact me for a consultation. We’ll talk about your challenges, your next steps, and how we could work together to achieve your goals.