Halloween is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday of the year. The cool temperatures, the natural beauty of Autumn and the fun of getting to dress as your favorite character, what’s not to love? Sugar Cravings!
As the date gets ever closer on the calendar, I feel compelled to stock up on candy so I’m ready for trick-or-treaters, or at least that’s what I tell myself. The truth is that I love candy and, unfortunately, the candy bowl calls my name. Apparently, I’m in good company. Studies show that people eat more candy when they can see it and even more when they are in close proximity to it.
This year I am making an effort not to give in to the call of the candy bowl by trying these simple, all-natural suggestions to curb my sugar cravings.
Make a Plan to Eliminate Sugar Cravings
Starting each day with a clear plan of what you will eat simplifies your routine by eliminating choice. When you know exactly what you will eat and when, there is no room for the odd chocolate bar. Studies show that people who plan their meals and follow their plans have greater success adhering to their healthy eating programs.
Eat Some Fat to Fill You Up
To avoid the siren song of sugar, make sure to include plenty of healthy fats in your diet. Including some mashed avocado or hummus helps increase satiety and reduce cravings for the bad stuff. These healthy fats provide the nutrition our brains need for optimal function. Pairing good fat with protein in the form of seeds and nuts provides a double whammy when it comes to staying fuller longer.
Don’t Avoid Everything Sweet
Just because you are eliminating the white stuff doesn’t mean your life can’t still be sweet! Try fresh fruit, dates or other dried fruits for easy, guilt-free treats. Miss your ice cream? Try throwing some frozen bananas in the food processor, you’ll get to indulge your sweet tooth and still stay on your food plan.
Get Your Beauty Rest
Studies have shown that when we are sleep deprived we tend to make poor food decisions, being drawn towards junk food and giving in to our sugar cravings. Don’t set yourself up for failure! Aim for 8 hours of sleep. Getting to bed earlier is better than staying in bed late.
Get Some Exercise
Getting moving can help reduce your sugar cravings. Of course, I recommend doing a daily yoga practice, even if it is only for a few minutes. A regular, consistent practice has so many benefits. To curb sugar cravings, do forward folding postures such as Seated Forward Fold and Child’s Pose, in addition to more restorative poses, such as lying on your back with your legs extended up a wall.
This one is especially important if you are someone who tends to drink their calories. Keep a water bottle with you and refill it as necessary. If you need some flavor in your beverages, opt for a lime and mint or cucumber infusion. An added bonus of drinking plenty of water is that it may help you feel fuller, since our bodies sometimes confuse thirst for hunger.
I’m sure there are even more ways you can curb your sugar intake. These are the steps I plan to take. If you have more ideas, I’d love to hear from you! What’s your tried and true method for controlling your cravings?