When a sugar craving hits, it can feel overwhelming. Sugar has a detrimental effect on our bodies, and eating it just makes us crave it even more. Here are six nutritionist-approved ways to help knock those cravings to the curb.
1. Choose dark chocolate
When sugar cravings intensify, go for dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Research has found that dark chocolate helps lower cortisol levels. According to nutritionist Allison Stowell, "all it takes is about an ounce consumed regularly and those stress factors are reduced."
2. Practice mindful eating
We often rush through food decisions – especially when we’re craving sugar – and end up regretting it later. The next time a sugar craving hits, slow down and live in the moment. Ask yourself if you’re really hungry, or if you’re just seeking sugar.
3. Eat protein and fat
Balance your diet with plenty of protein and fat, which can make you feel fuller and satisfied for longer.
4. Eat almonds
Instead of reaching for a Tim Tam, grab a handful of almonds instead. Not only are they good for your heart, they can help induce the production of dopamine and feelings of pleasure.
5. Have a balanced diet
Avoid sugar crashes which can result in feelings of low energy.
6. Go for mood-boosters
Foods like fish, nuts and dark chocolate can help boost your mood, mimicking the effects that sugar has on your body.