Ah yes, that sweet tooth. Not even us fitness professionals are immune to sugar cravings! What separates the mind-strong from those who just can’t resist temptations?
It may be more simple than you think!
Instead of fighting through future sugar cravings, here are five ways to give in to it… in a healthy, low sugar type of way…
1. Brew a Natural Fruit Tasting or Herbal Tea
You might feel hungry between meals but most of the time all your body really wants is a hydrating beverage. Popular with many are raspberry, mint, green, flower teas and of course water. With little to no sugar at all, sip one of these and any cravings should subside.
2. Infused Water
Infused water is one of those things that you order when you’re out and about but very easy to put together at home or at the office. Simply chop your favourite fruits or veggies and let them marinate in a cold pitcher of water. For an extra refreshing taste, try using sparkling water with lemon as a base.
Try some of these variables:
-Orange + Apple
-Lemon and Orange
3.Make Your Own “Low Sugar Version” Snack
Instead of reaching for that cookie, make a healthy pudding that contains far less sugar. Here’s one idea, add 2 to 3 squares of natural dark chocolate to a small tub or total 0% fat yogurt (which has far less sugar compared to other flavoured yogurts) mix it up, and you’ll have a sweet tasting and a high protein snack, the fat in the chocolate mixes well with the yogurt and is highly satisfying. Not into chocolate? Try a few berries and mix that together!
4.Take a Break and Read Something That Will Take Your Mind off Things
If you’re someone that enjoys scrolling through Instagram, Facebook or skimming through websites, use it to your advantage! Try and avoid doing this much throughout the day and save it for when you start feeling the crave. This way you can use in some cases aimless web surfing and put into good use.
5. Go For a Walk in The Fresh Air
We can sometimes underestimate the benefits of a brisk, revitalising walk. Fresh air and a bit of bright sunshine can make all the difference when you need to feel rejuvenated and energised whilst also giving you a boost for the rest of the day.
For more information about Sugar Cravings and why we get them, check out this interesting article by Casey Thaler, B.A, explaining the science.
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