How do you stop sugar cravings by reaching for sweets in the mid-afternoon? Well, we get through the BIG group of holidays, that is, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, and I think okay, we are done with all the sweets in the house. Then, we still have to deal with Valentine’s Day and Easter. Oh, and let’s not forget all those AFTER HOLIDAY clearance markdowns at the stores. Then, here comes the end of the school year and treating our fabulous teachers. Then comes summer and the constant music from the ice cream truck driving through the neighborhood. OMG all those sugar cravings!
I read an article on WebMD called 13 Ways to fight Sugar Cravings by Wendy C. Fries. She talks about why we crave sugar as it begins early in life and the reason WHY it tastes so good…because our body reacts on a cellular level, our hormones.
Here are the 8 tips to use NOW to stop those sugar cravings.
Go ahead and have a little of what you are craving.
Combine your sweet with something healthy.
Cut out ALL simple sugars to diminish cravings.
Chew some gum, which is what I usually do.
Pick out fruit for natural sweetness and grab nuts, seeds and dried fruits instead of the sugar.
Get moving when that craving comes calling. Even if you can’t get outside, walk the halls at the office.
Choose quality over quantity…try to keep it small so you don’t come back for bigger portions.
Eat regularly–about every 3-5 hours to maintain your blood sugar level.
So, now you want to STOP those cravings before they even start.
Here are 5 ways to try to stop sugar cravings
Skip the artificial sweeteners because there hasn’t been any hard evidence that they help with obesity.
Reward yourself and it could be big or small.
Slow down and focus on your cravings and eat what you plan to and NOT when you are desperate.
Get support because food does not solve any issues.
Mix it up which means that you will probably need more than one tactic to tame the cravings.
I read an interesting article in Lifescript-Healthy Living for Women which is an on-line newsletter. It was published on March 31, 2013 titled Rise and Shine: Top 5 Morning Exercise Benefits by Jennifer Gruenemay.
It wasn’t something new I hadn’t heard of, but reinforced what I had learned over the years myself.
Wake-Up Call #1: Time flies when your workout’s not done. That’s right, set your alarm and get up EARLY to make sure you can fit it into your day. This way, as the day winds down and you find yourself running out of daylight, you do not need to worry that you won’t miss a workout because it is already complete.
Wake-Up Call #2: Your metabolism won’t boost itself. When you add morning exercise where you actually burn calories during the actual workout, you get to enjoy EPOC-excess post-exercise oxygen consumption which means you burn extra calories even after your workout it done.
Wake-Up Call #3: It’s your choice to be a night owl or an early bird. We all have an internal clock and if given the chance, over time it will help you get up to exercise each day and eventually you will look forward to it.
Wake-Up Call #4: A.M. exercise helps you sleep better in the p.m. A study was conducted that showed overweight women who started a morning exercise routine slept better at night. Night time exercise stimulates your body which makes it more difficult to wind down at the end of the day for a restful night’s sleep.
Wake-Up Call #5: A morning workout is better than coffee. Our brain wants oxygen, not caffeine in the morning. Morning exercise has shown to increase your mental sharpness for 4 to 10 hours AFTER the workout. That is definitely more than coffee!
This article ALSO shares 5 different workout suggestions to help encourage that morning routine. Here is the link!!