Slim Tip: How to Curb Sugar Cravings

Slim Tip: How to Curb Sugar Cravings
I don’t know about you, but whenever
Halloween rolls around and all the candy bowls come out, my sugar addiction kicks into full gear. This sucrose coma typically continues through the end of the year thanks to the tasty treats that come with holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not this year though. While I have a penchant for sweets, I am going to try my best to curb my sugar cravings and only indulge here and there (instead of every time I pass the candy dish in my office). I figured that many of you might find yourselves on this slippery candy-coated slope so I am going to share a few tips I learned about how you can curb your candy cravings (just in time for Halloween and the holiday season)…

Step 1: Understand your cravings.

Often times, we crave sweets because our bodies are lacking in an important nutrient. Instead of reaching your paws into the candy bowl, try satiating your sweet tooth with a handful of raspberries, fresh fruit, or even a sweet potato. In a way, you will be retraining your taste buds.

Step 2: Walk it off.

Sometimes eating sweets is just part of an existing habit. Let’s say you crave chocolate every day around 4pm. Instead of gobbling down that chocolate truffle (like you always do), take a quick 10-minute walk. I can almost guarantee that you won’t be craving that truffle when you get back. (And if you do, try Step 1 or Step 3 and then reevaluate.)

Step 3: Go for gum or brush your teeth.

Since chewing gum can reduce food cravings, it makes sense that it can also help stave off sugary cravings. Try chewing sugar-free gum. Also, peppermint tends to deter cravings as well, so if you’re at home, try brushing your teeth.

Step 4: Give in sometimes.

It’s okay to indulge here and there, but in moderation. Be smart about how much you treat yourself to. If you are craving a cookie, have a mini one; if you want ice cream, have a child-size frozen yogurt with fruit instead of your usual chocolate chips.

Step 5: Go cold turkey (and tell people).

If all else fails, cut out sugar all together. Some of us are all-or-nothing type of people. And for a select few, cutting sugar entirely may be the best route (although the first 48 to 72 hours will be very tough—trust me). Additionally if you tell people that you are quitting sugar for a while, they will hold you accountable. Plus you will be less likely to break your commitment when you have people watching you and encouraging you.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Another thing I like to do when I am craving candy or sweets is to have a big cup of warm green tea with a little honey. For some reason, green tea reminds me of being healthy (so I don’t want to eat brownies) and the honey quenches my craving for something sweet.

How do you overcome your sugar cravings?

For more tips on keeping your waistline in check throughout the holiday season, check out my post about surviving the holidays without gaining weight.

XO Lauren

Photo: Lovers + Friends

Sources: Science Daily, WebMD, The Telegraph

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  • Melissa Panici

    These are really good tips Lauren! I actually do the “”brushing teeth”” when I am craving sweets. It really does help because I can’t stand eating something after I brush my teeth! It tastes gross lol. It has been hard for me to not eat my son’s halloween candy…..so thank you for this!!

  • Noni

    Great tips. Thank you, Lauren!

  • Deanne Castro

    Great tips!

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  • d k

    It is indeed a matter of willpower! ! !
    However, I think that honey is addictive too, so I rarely indulge any longer…

  • Jessica Anderson

    The candy bowl in my office sits on my desk since I’m the first person people see. I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping my fingers out of the candy but baked goods are another story.

  • Ivana B.

    It is a matter of willpower!
    I am lucky, I only sometimes crave sugar. Maybe once a week. I try to eat fruit or vegetables (yup, some of them have sugar in them). Sometimes it means for me my brains needs the energy (sugar=main (only) energy source for the brain).
    But going cold turkey is hard!

  • Dina Karivalis

    I use that “”telling people”” tip all the time. I tell people I run daily, and it actually makes me do it!
    xo Dina
    http://www.sweetestsomethings.com

  • heidi kokborg

    Great tips! I like to go or a short walk whenever my cravings get too bad! (:

    fithealthyandhappy.wordpress.com/

  • Ambi s

    I’m the latter type – all or nothing! I do treat myself once or week or so to a sugary treat, but now I don’t eat it every day, find I need a lot less sugar to satisfy my sweet-tooth. Great tips though!

    My blog, Bombay Rose, consists of lots of beauty, fashion and lifestyle (including weight loss!) tips, and I think LC fans will love it! Please have a read, and follow me on Twitter/’like’ the Facebook page if you enjoy what you see (links on the blog!?)

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    Thanks :-) xo

  • Stephanie T

    Haha, i saw this post just as I was going to town on a bag of sweet trail mix, my latest guilty pleasure. Because of the hurricane (though it didn’t hit my area that badly) I’ve been mostly inside and turned to sweets, but just like #2, hopefully since I am increasing my exercise I’ll be craving healthy proteins rather than sugar.

    http://stephaniein-nh.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    Love this, thanks Lauren!!

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    I need to try this. I have such a HUGE sweet tooth! I sit at my desk all day and evetually start to crave sugar. I like the chewing gum or having tea ideA since I cannot always walk away from my desk to take a walk.

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Step 1 is a really good idea. Just replace the candy with healthier things that happen to be sweet!

    http://alittleglitzneverhurts.blogspot.com

  • Stephanie A

    im definately gonna try these 5 steps!
    great tips!
    xx

    http://www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com

  • Nathalia

    I heard that a craving for sweets usually stems from two things:
    A lack of fats in your diet, against which eating veggies with good olive or nut-oil would help.
    Or it’s your blood sugar level, against which eating a lot of whole-wheat and a little more protein helps, because it helps even out your blood sugar level, and you will not get tired so quickly and not crave a quick sugar fix. Getting a quick sugar-fix like that will just make you tired again and in need of another one, and is potentially dangerous, as it can lead to diabetes.

  • Shoegal Out In The World

    great ideas to fight these sweet cravings…since there is a long way until Christmas & we all want to look great in our new outfits…
    definitely, I am going to try them…

    xo, Violeta

    http://www.shoegaloutintheworld.com/

  • Czeena Kate

    Haha this is definitely something I need to follow…especially now that halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is just around the corner…and then Christmas…and then New Year’s…that’s like 30 extra pounds haha. Oh well. Thanks for the great tips!

    Love,
    Czeena

    Cup of Vintage

  • Emilie

    Holiday time is definately a celebratory time but I just try and keep in moderation and then fall back into healthy habits!

    xo Emilie @ http://www.hungrydelights.com/

  • Cesie Alvarez

    I used to like eating sweets then once I went off to college I had less access to them. Eventually my cravings just went away. Sugar is really interesting like that. When you don’t have it the cravings disappear on their own. I do enjoy a candy every now and then but I couldn’t see myself eating a sundae or multiple cookies. Maybe just half.

    http://thebuscas.com/2012/11/02/business-casual-friday-1/
    Happy Casual Friday!

  • Anna Estrin

    Opt for natural gum. Gum base which is a common ingredient used in 99% gums is toxic. Great tips!

  • Maria Ion

    i always do the tip with greene tea and it really works!

  • Angela Doherty

    Really good ideas(:
    I try to drink a cup of water and distract myself like listening to music

  • RareChelly

    Great ideas! I use most of them usually so I’ll stay on track with my diet, I mostly chew a gum or just drink water!

  • Jade Wright
  • Jordan Weaver

    love the gum tip!! here are some other slim tips that happen to allow for deliciousness too! http://nourishandbenourished.com/2012/11/09/a-blueberry-a-day/

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  • Julia Kovalchuk

    I am a huge sugar, baked goods, and junk food addict. I recently went cold turkey and the first week was really difficult. There were days where I couldn’t get out of bed and felt really weak and tired throughout the day. Those days eventually passed and the cravings aren’t as strong, but they’re still there. To help myself from falling back into that addiction I wrote a list of why eating healthy is good for me (beautiful skin, hair, and body) and taped that list to my refrigerator.

    • SHIPSHOW

      Did you find that your skin was better after cutting out the junk food? Was it that bad before?

  • Anna Kidd

    Another great way to curb your chocolate cravings is to eat a small handful of almonds! They make your brain think you’ve had what it needs! :)

  • Lena Ameri

    These are great tips! I’ve also noticed that filling up on fruit or drinking mint tea reduces my sugar cravings.

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  • Serdjine Applyrs

    I heard that gum actually makes you hungry because the chewing makes your brain assume food is on it’s way so it signals your mouth to salivate and your stomach to prepare to digest.

  • Nicole Gagnon

    I am going to try and cut out all sugar, seems like a hard challenge though!

  • Nicole Gagnon

    I am going to try and cut out all sugar, seems like a hard challenge though!

  • Nicole Gagnon

    I am going to try and cut out all sugar, seems like a hard challenge though!

  • Heather P.

    Tea is a major help for me, but if I can’t get to some, I like to get outside. I usually crave sugar when I’m tired, so sometimes getting up and out in the sunshine helps!

  • Heather P.

    Tea is a major help for me, but if I can’t get to some, I like to get outside. I usually crave sugar when I’m tired, so sometimes getting up and out in the sunshine helps!

  • Heather P.

    Tea is a major help for me, but if I can’t get to some, I like to get outside. I usually crave sugar when I’m tired, so sometimes getting up and out in the sunshine helps!

  • Kenz

    I also have a toothbrush at work. And brushing my teeth after lunch helps deter my sweet cravings. :)

  • http://www.rosieteapot.com/ Rosieteapot

    Those are great ideas. I’ve been doing a high protein, low carb, no-sugar, low fat diet in the last couple of months (have even lost 11kg so far, which is about 24 pounds!) Easter was a huge challenge for me with all the Chocolate eggs floating around the place!! I’ve basically been going cold turkey on sugar, but adding sweetener to my coffee. Oh, another good one is to ask your boyfriend to eat his chocolate & candy somewhere else!! :-)

  • Diendra

    I gave up sugar 4 months ago. I have a sugar free kitchen and have had zero sugar in anything since then. I had no cravings and zero problems. I immediately lost 12 pounds. Nothing with sugar even appeals to me anymore, its all so unhealthy. I felt it was disrespectful to my body and bad for my health. Best part, I do not bake anymore for people and that is great.

  • http://www.deluxedelish.com Rosilene Martins

    Besides being bad for your health, sugar is more addictive than nicotine. For this reason, fast food chains such as McDonald’s add sugar even to savory foods. Candy manufacturers make a kill (no pun intended) getting Americans hooked on sugar while they are still in diapers. Sugar is also really hard to digest (sucrose is the second biggest molecule in nature after lactose). As we age and our ability to digest complex foods decreases, sugar starts depositing as false fats (e.g. the pneumatic layer around the waist). Honey (an easy to digest single molecule food) is a great alternative, But make sure to buy pure honey, since those in the bear-shaped containers at the coffee shop are likely “cut” with high-fructose corn syrup, which is worse than sugar. Talking about HFCS, which is in most low-end candies, is not a natural substance. HFCS cannot be processed by the human body, which means bad health and more fat deposits that your body will never be able to eliminate, unless you suck it off with liposuction. Sorry if this sounds like doomsday, but it actually is. When you learn about what these candies do to your body, you’ll understand that you might as well be eating garbage.

  • http://currenthabits.blogspot.com/ Shae

    Sweets always look twice as delicious when I’m bored! Going for a walk or drinking a glass of water help me. I should probably try step 5, but maybe I’ll opt for the green tea and honey idea for now.

    XX,
    S. Roderick
    http://www.currenthabits.com

  • http://www.thesinglediaries.com/ The Single Diaries

    When I have a massive sugar craving I give in BUT I try to cheat clean 90% of the time. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest bars and Arctic Zero “ice cream” are my favorite no-guilt treats.

    XO
    Jen Hacker | The Single Diaries
    http://www.thesingledairies.com

  • Amanda T

    As stated above, when the body is craving something sweet it is missing a nutrient. That nutrient usually is associated with the body needing protein. I would not recommend going out and eating a whole chicken or anything. Make it a snack size portion! I would recommend a few ham,chicken,or turkey deli slices in a whole wheat wrap with fresh veggies. You get the protein and the veggies add a touch of crunchy sweetness. If you are a vegetarian like myself my go-to snack is kashi’s honey almond flax granola bars. They have 7 grams of protein per bar and the perfect amount of naturally sweetener to meet the sugar tooth you have!

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  • Diana

    I used to be a HUGE sugar junkie (we’re talking 6-pack of Mint Kit-Kat at one go) and if someone would put a piece of chocolate in front of me, there was no stopping me. Then I started eating a plant-based diet which involves lots and lots of fruits and healthy carbs and all the cravings are gone! I haven’t had chocolate in 8 months and definitely don’t miss how shitty it used to make me feel (and look!) :) Highly recommended.

  • Emmy

    Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but the fruit that has helped me really cut down on sugars is seedless grapes. You can throw 30 in a baggie for a perfect snack, which I eat throughout the day! I can’t tell you how much they’ve helped me in my journey to eat healthier.

    http://fromVAtoCAblog.wordpress.com

  • Sara

    great tips! I work with people struggling with emotional eating in my therapy practice and share similar tips!

    http://www.saraswaincounseling.com/new-blog-1/

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