Do you have a sweet tooth?
Chocolate, cakes, ice-cream, muffins, lollies….. uhmmm! Can’t you resist them?
They aren’t good for our health, steal our energy and make us fat.
So let’s have a look how we can avoid them.
1. Balance your meal.
If you have urgent sweet cravings in the middle of afternoon or evening you probably miss something in your diet. Make sure you have your serves of veggies, complex carbs, lean protein and healthy fats. If you are not sure use the healthy eating plate. You can never go wrong with it!
2. Eat more protein.
Protein will keep you full and your blood sugar level stable. So even you feel like the chocolate cake in the afternoon have handful of raw nuts or hummus with veggie sticks instead.
3. Eat regularly.
Waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that cure your hunger. Don’t skip the meals and have a healthy snacks prepared in your bag in case you need them.
All the complex carbohydrates such as grains, legumes and vegetables become sweeter the longer they are chewed.
5. Avoid eating from boredom.
Do you have sweet tooth when you are lying on sofa and watching you favorite TV show? If it is from boredom you better go for a walk or try to do something creative instead. Eat only when you are hungry.
6. Skip artificial sweeteners.
Do you think that you can enjoy the sweet flavor and save calories? Artificial sweeteners may sound like a great idea, but it’s really not! According the study by Yale University it has been found that artificial sweeteners and diet drinks may actually increase your cravings for sugar. If you eat sweets your body knows that sugar is coming and if it doesn’t get it you will seek a sweet hit after. Yep, we can’t trick our brain! And they may present a higher risk of cancer.
7. Prefer healthier options.
Instead of store-bought chocolate bars make your own chocolate with cacao powder. Raw desserts packed with nuts and dried are also great for you. Or keep it simple and grab a piece of fresh frui
8. Keep sweets out of the house.
Easy right? If you don’t have it at home you can’t eat it!
9. Check if you’re getting enough iron and magnesium.
If the cravings are for chocolate in particular, make sure you are getting enough iron and magnesium in you diet or supplements. Low levels appear to stimulate chocolate cravings.
10. Spoil yourself. Occasionally.
From time to time spoil yourself with the dessert you love and enjoy it! The life is short and occasional treat is completely fine.