Managing stress, eliminating cues and creating better diet habits are permanent changes that you as a diabetic need to make to reduce your sugar cravings and keep your blood sugar steady.
That said, curbing your cravings is still the hardest part of the binge, withdrawal, craving, binge cycle. The next time cravings strike and you're about to reach for a sugar fix, refer to these four tips.
Four hacks to curb your sugar cravings
#1: Start every day with a green juice
Green juice is delicious – some fruit, protein, ice, throw it in the blender and yum-o! Then, of you start adding in handful of fresh, leafy greens like kale and spinach, you’ve got yourself a nutritious recipe sugar-bashing success.
#2: Tuck into huge salads
No matter what you’re eating as your main course, accompany it with a huge salad full of leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, seeds and squirt of lemon and pepper, or a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The salad will give you the same healthy craving that came with the green juice; plus it will fill you up so your body is perfectly satisfied. There’s nothing left to crave when your body is nourished!
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#3: Eat protein at every meal
Eating healthy proteins at every meal will assist in stabilising your blood sugar
, so you don’t get the spikes and dips that cause those pesky sugar cravings. Plus, healthy protein helps you feel fuller for longer; making that bags of M&Ms easier to resist later in the day. Great high-protein snack ideas include hard-boiled eggs or a chicken and avocado salad.
#4: Sleep more – or at least better
We live in a world of sleep
-deprived zombies … is it such a coincidence that we’re also seriously overweight
? I say no, it’s not. When you skimp on sleep
, the hormones that regulate your appetite become suppressed, which means your body has a tough time reading hunger signals.
The biological process known as your “circadian rhythm” is out of whack – you’re hungry and tired even when you’re not really hungry, so you grab something sugary for a quick energy fix. Then the addiction cycle repeats itself.
Make time for more sleep
, or at least make your sleep better – or both. You can do well on six hours of sleep if they’re six hours of deep sleep. Create a healthy sleep environment – comfy sheets, a dark, quiet room, a comfortable temperature, and a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow. These simple hacks really work!