I was considering writing an article about why sugar is bad for us; its addictive, makes you gain weight, gives you a lull of energy after the initial high, blah blah blah but there’s so much info out there about it yet people are still choosing low fat, high sugar cheap meals.
Lets look at the real issue here about why you feel that it’s the sugars fault you keep craving sugar. Bad sugar.
I have an array of clients that are looking for strategies to stop sugar cravings, however there is no magical wand to wave or trick here. It takes willpower people. I know you want to hear some amazing new food (like a powerful red berry found in the rainforest – haha) has been found that promises to stop sugar cravings and help you lose weight but that’s total rubbish.
Sugar cravings are not the enemy here; they’re actually good. Your body is fulfilling its purpose and let me tell you why.
Your body is actually telling you that something is missing and you need to listen, to be aware and to pay attention. This way you can actually gain the health and wellness that you want and deserve. Just like a car flashing up lights on the dashboard to state that something is missing or needs fixing, your body sends signals stating the same. We however ignore those signals and go for the quick sugar fix, because that must be it right?
Lets find out what you can do to recognise your ‘cravings’ and raise your awareness around what your body actually needs. You will find that when your body gets what it needs to be healthy, it will stop sending out the sweet craving signals.
#1: You need water
If you’re thirsty then you’re already dehydrated. It’s the phrase I always use with my clients. If you’ve allowed yourself to get really dehydrated, your body might signal a sugar craving.
So before you go for that sugary treat, down a pint of water first and wait for like 20-30mins, then drink some more water. Try going for a walk instead to distract yourself, preferably with some greenery around to help boost your moods and vitamin D levels.
If you are actually hungry then your body will want real food and not a sugary alternative.
#2: You need nutrients
Sugary processed foods like I mentioned above (i.e. low cal, low fat) are massively lacking in nutrients. If this is your go-to then no wonder you are looking for a quick fix. Your body is screaming at you for some real food.
Who here has a sugary cereal for breakfast, orange juice, sugary yoghurt, croissant or a sweet coffee?
If there’s a deficit, and you don’t have enough nutrients to power your body and create the energy you need to get through the day, your body will turn to whatever quick fix it can find to solve it’s energy shortage. Leading the list for quick fixes: sugar.
Lets solve the real problem here and make sure you’re eating a really clean, nutrient dense, whole foods diet.
#3: You need a change
You’re bored people.
Do you enjoy your job? When was the last time you laughed? Are you stressed or anxious?
Oftentimes when people are dissatisfied with their lives they turn to food for comfort, pleasure, and enjoyment because they are not getting it in their lives. From experience working as a life coach, there seems to be a trend when it comes to comfort eating and dissatisfaction in life.
It’s important to recognise when you’re using food as a means to distract yourself, fill an empty void, or entertain yourself because your life is not as fulfilling as it could be.
Craving hit? Dig deeper into what’s really going on. You could try keeping a journal of your moods and cravings, you can start seeing a pattern and then you can start understanding what could be missing from your life. Or call a friend or family member to have a chat.
Change your mindset around sugar and stop seeing these cravings as the enemy and start seeing them as amazing signals that your body is sending you to tell you what it needs. The more you give your body what it actually needs, the less sugar cravings you will have.
If you would like to have some support or to find out more about how you can combat your cravings to improve your health then get in touch either via email or book a call with me. BOOK CALL!