Deep down you know that chocolate or cookies isn’t the best choice for an afternoon pick-me-up. Yet, you want to satisfy your sweet tooth or simply need a quick energy boost. And, you know how good you will feel – temporarily!
Hi, I’m Elizabeth of @PureSimpleWellness and one of the questions that always comes up with my clients and in my DMs is how to stop sugar cravings!
It can take a long time to divorce sugar. Treats and candy (or other sweets) can be very satisfying and hard to give up. If you feel like you are addicted to sugar and/or processed foods, I have good news. There are many foods you can add into your diet to balance your microbiome (gut bacteria) and get your good bacteria back to a healthy place.
One great source is probiotic foods which are filled with the beneficial bacteria your body needs to re-balance and help you fight off cravings.
Some great sources are:
- Yogurt (without sugar), including nondairy coconut yogurt
- Cheese made from raw milk
- Sauerkraut (refrigerated, non-pasteurized) – Bubbies is a well-known brand
- Pickles (refrigerated, non-pasteurized) – Bubbies is a well-known brand
- Kefir, without added sugar (fermented milk drink)
- Kombucha (effervescent cultured drink)
- Kimchi (spicy Korean condiment)
Adding just one to three servings a day of the right probiotic foods will feed and nurture your healthy gut bacteria.
Food Swaps for Popular Cravings
Another of my favorite ways to combat cravings is to crowd in healthier options and crowd out less healthy foods. For example:
If you’re craving potato chips… Try some raw carrot or celery sticks or dried seaweed snacks instead for that crunch.
If you’re craving soda… Try some sparkling water such as La Croix or SpinDrift. There are so many flavors to choose from; you’re bound to find one you love. My personal favorite is Melon-Pomelo (aka Melon-Pink Grapefruit).
If you’re craving a milkshake… Try a green smoothie instead to quench your desire for something cold and sweet. Raw cacao in a green smoothie provides the perfect fix for your chocolate cravings – and it adds fiber and magnesium as well! Check out one of my all-time favorite chocolate smoothie recipes here.
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Whenever you eat, strive to follow the health eating blueprint which includes protein, healthy fat and fiber at each meal and snack. This will keep you satiated throughout the day and keep your blood sugar more stable.