I received the following email last week about sugar cravings. After typing up my response, I thought it would make a good blog post!
Hi Kath!I love your blog and I really respect your nutritional standpoints. Your Baby KERF stuff resonates with me too. It’s great!I searched your blog and couldn’t really find anything on this topic, so I’m hoping you could enlighten me a bit… I am feeling pretty stuck in a long-term sugar binge (~month). In the past I’ve done the Whole30 to give my body a chance to reset. These days, cutting entire food groups doesn’t really fit with me anymore (thank you ;)). I’m wondering how you would suggest going about getting out of a pretty rough sugar cycle. Just drop sugar for a while? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!
Thanks for being awesome,
Hi Ashley! Here are three good ways I fight back on those sugar cravings:
1) It’s easier to add than subtract, so think of things you can add when you’d normally want something sweet. A lot of times sugar acts as a palate cleanser for me after a meal, so anything that can refresh your mouth might help. Can you treat yourself to some fancy hot teas? Kombucha? Sparkling waters? A new toothpaste? Even putting an extra toothbrush in the bathroom closest to your kitchen might help!
2) Out of sight, out of mind. If you have to physically leave your house, get in a car and spend money on a freshly churned ice cream cone, then it will be worth it! Going into your pantry for a handful of chocolate chips is much easier and probably not as fulfilling of an experience. So when you’re having a craving-free moment, gather all of your in-house sweets and give them to a friend. If a spouse or kids make that impossible, put them in a room other than your kitchen that’s inconvenient to go to so you’ll have to go there and think about what you’re doing when a craving strikes.
3) Make sure you’re eating balanced meals to start with. Often times I find myself wanting some sugar when my meals haven’t been as balanced aka satisfying as usual. Sugar cravings might be the body’s way of saying you need more carbs – healthy whole grain carbs – so take a look back at your meals and ask yourself if any of your macronutrients are lacking. For me about 45-50% carbs, 30% fat and 20-25% protein works best. Filling up your fridge with a bounty of your favorite healthy foods will also help inspire you to proactively eat well.