Conquering Your Sweet Tooth Cravings
here are 3 tips that will limit cravings, and over-all sugar consumption:
1. Focus on Protein: often times when we craves sweets it’s because we are lacking protein. Remember, serotonin is made from an amino acid (the building blocks that make up protein).
PLUS, sugar alone causes your insulin, or blood sugar levels, to shoot up and then crash down. This can leave you feeling tired, hungry, and weak. It also gives your body an easy opportunity to convert (and store) that meal as fat.
When you combine a protein with sweets (or any carb), however, the protein slows down the digestion of the carbs, which allows for more energy and less fat gain.
2. Include Healthy Fats: add nuts, avocados and flax seed to your diet. These 3 foods are high in omega-3 fatty acids, the “good fats” that help satisfy our desire for rich, creamy foods while providing high-quality nutrition.
PLUS, like protein, healthy fats negate the adverse effects sugar has on insulin levels — resulting in sustained energy and less fat storage.
3. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners: they are much sweeter than sugar, which gets your taste buds accustomed to really sweet foods. PLUS, they lead to wanting more and more sweets, rather than satisfying your cravings (like protein and fats do).
There are 3 common types of artificial sweeteners that not only make fat loss difficult, there are extremely hazardous to your health.
1. Aspartame: is a common artificial sweetener with side-effects that range from hallucinations to seizures to even brain tumors. Example brands are NutraSweet and Equal.
2. Splenda (often on labels as “Sucralose“): can enlarge both the liver and kidneys and shrink the thymus glands. Other side-effects include skin rashes, panic attacks, diarrhoea, headaches, bladder issues, and stomach pain.
3. Saccharin: is commonly manufactured by combining anthranilic acid, nitrous acid, sulfur dioxide, chlorine, and ammonia. Examples include d Sweet ‘N Low.
So how do you enjoy a sweet treat without the adverse effects of sugar (weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay, etc.)? . . . or without the harmful effects of artificial sweeteners? I recommend Stevia it’s 3 x sweeter than sugar, yet has only 1.6 calories per serving.
I hope you found this helpful!