- Manage your stress and emotional health. This can include stress reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga or pilates. Stress and poor mood leads to dependence on sugar as it raises serotonin (the feel good hormone). That is why most people reach for sugar when they feel down or sad. By raising serotonin naturally through stress reduction techniques, this helps to reduce sugar cravings.
- Have protein with each meal. Protein sources such as eggs, chicken, beef, tofu (avoid if on fodmaps), fish help to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Correct nutrient cofactors for blood sugar regulation. Most sweet tooths have deficiency in B vitamins, Magnesium and chromium.
- Explore healthy alternatives to sugar hits – e.g. bliss balls in moderation that are made from dates, desiccated coconut, almonds or vegan desserts. If on the fodmap diet explore raw banana ice cream and nut free desserts.
- Empty the pantry of the offending foods, don’t eat them – give them away. Out of sight, out of mind.
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