Sugar cravings can arise when you least expect it. Some days, you don’t even think about it, and others, there is only one thought in your mind: Sugar!
Where do sugar cravings come from?
It’s tough to say. We’re all different, and we all react to individual triggers. But, most people tend to follow similar paths.
Stress is by far the biggest trigger of all. At the end of a stressful day, you might find yourself grabbing a pack of biscuits in the shop. Sugar often acts as emotional comfort, like a hug in food shape. Needless to say, you’ll only get fake comfort from it.
Fatigue and sleep deprivation could also encourage you to swap your morning oatmeal for a slice of Victoria Sponge. Your body tries to combat fatigue through calories for energy. After consuming a sweet treat, you are likely to experience a sugar rush, which will make you feel more alert and awake. However, it’s short-lived so it’s best to stay away from sugar when you’re tired.
Finally, there is also that time of the month for women when cravings can get a little stronger. Unfortunately, it’s another hormonal response to changes in estrogen and progesterone. Your body tries to protect itself against the feelings accompanying the premenstrual stage cycle. The good news: it is okay to indulge a little!
But for all other days, you need to make sure sugar cravings don’t get the best of you.
A little honey can go a long way
Honey is often described as a healthy substitute for sugar. In reality, your body reacts to honey similarly to sugar by metabolising the fructose into fat in the liver. Therefore, you can’t indulge in humongous quantities of honey. However, there is something uniquely important about honey. It is packed with health benefits, making it a staple essential. Besides, honey is also sweeter than sugar, which means it will satisfy your sweet tooth more rapidly. So, a honey-based snack, such as this baklava recipe from Preppy Kitchen can be the perfect response to your craving. One piece of baklava can keep you satisfied for a long time because of its sweetness and nut content (more on this in a moment).
Go for fruit
Fruit is naturally sweet, making it a fantastic alternative to sugar-baked goods! Ultimately, sugar cravings typically respond to high-fat, high-sugar food. So, it’s fair to say that not every fruit will hit the sweet spot. But choosing fruit that is high in sugar, such as mango or grapes, can keep your sweet tooth under control.
Alternatively, fruit-based snacks are a smart substitute as they can feel sweeter than they are. Besides, they are also rich in vitamins and nutrients, which can help tackle deficiencies.
A quinoa salad works wonders
What does quinoa have to do with sugar? Cravings are your body’s way of letting you know you’re not getting enough food. Therefore, ensuring your body feels fuller through high-protein meals can help curb sugar cravings. Adding more protein to your meals can reduce cravings in the long term, and that’s where nuts come in handy!
If you prefer a protein-focused meal, quinoa is a complete protein that can keep you feeling full for longer. Artichokes, beans, and soy are also great sources of healthy protein.
Banning sugar cravings for good may not be possible, but you can certainly get things under control with these simple tips.