How I Beat My Sugar Cravings

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I love sugar. Especially chocolate. Very few things are as euphoric to me as eating sweet foods.  At my heaviest, I was drinking soda multiple times per day, dessert with every meal and more sugary treats with late night snacking. Here are some strategies I figured out to beat my cravings…

How I Reduce Sugar Cravings:

1. Eat More (Whole Food) Carbs. 

I’ve found that my sugar cravings are the worst when I’m eating lower carb/ higher fat. I have found that I don’t crave (processed) sugar at all when I get at least 60% of my calories from carbs. Although I start craving savory food if I go above 75%.

2. Eat Enough.

Oftentimes my sugar cravings occur at night when I haven’t eaten much earlier in the day. For me this is usually if I eat less than 1200 calories before dinner (I usually burn between 2300-2500 calories/day).

3. Sleep Enough.

When I don’t get enough sleep I often resort to sugar/ caffeine for quick energy.

How I Prevent Myself From Giving In:

1. Don’t Keep It In the House

If I have sugary treats in the house I will eat it. I make it so I have to walk to get it, and I only allow myself to buy single servings. I don’t do moderation when it comes to sugar.

2. Eat Fruit

Oftentimes if I am tempted to go get a sweet, I eat fruit. I have found that dates are the most effective in stopping me. Since they are a dried fruit, the sweetness is more intense and I usually only eat 2 before I’ve had enough (they are 70 calories each). Grapefruit also works really well for me.

3. Drink Tea

Drinking tea with a little bit of sugar helps with curbing my cravings. I get the taste of sugar, but for a lot less calories. (1 tsp of sugar has about 15 calories.)

Chicken Pad Thai

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Ingredients:

  • 3 servings of Brown Rice Pasta (fettucini style)
  • 6 oz. Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup of Broccoli
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 6 Tbsp. Spicy Thai Vinaigrette (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 Cup Spinach

*Makes 2 servings

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta as instructed on package.
  2. Stir fry onions, broccoli, chicken and oil.
  3. When stir fry is about finished, add spinach and peanut vinaigrette.
  4. Add stir fry to pasta.
  5. Eat.