Hello my name is Lisa and I’m addicted to sugar. I’ve always had a sweet tooth but after Noe was born and I began nursing, my sweet tooth sort of went crazy. At the time I know it was my body’s way of dealing with the energy expenditure so I didn’t worry too much. It wasn’t until after I quick nursing that I realized I needed to get it under control. That’s the thing about sugar, it has a powerful pull but then makes you feel like absolute garbage afterward. Wanting to feel better and deal with my mommy fatigue in a healthier way, I started thinking about how I could tame the sugar beast. If you’re struggling with this like I am, I’m happy to share a few of the tips that helped me and what I’ve found to be the simplest way to curb sugar cravings.
Before we get into it, let’s start at the beginning, turns out that sugar loves sugar. The more you eat, the more you want. The less you eat, the less you crave. In an ideal world I suppose I could just cut it out entirely but then I couldn’t drink wine or eat chocolate or have birthday cake, which doesn’t sound very ideal to me. So, like most everything I do, a balanced approach seems more likely to make life more enjoyable, while also avoiding that whole garbage feeling. So let’s talk about a couple of tips I found helpful and my super simple sugar craving curber.
I know, earth shattering. But looking at labels makes us more aware consumers and I hate to break it to you but sugar is in absolutely everything: yogurt, soy milk, crackers, pre-made soups. Unfortunately, ignorance is not bliss here. Start reading before you buy. We must be active participants in our own wellness.
Pare Back on Processes Foods
This is another no brainer but it’s also not something that is black and white. Yes, again, in an ideal world we would only eat homemade foods and homemade almond milk and fruit and vegetables. But, in the real world sometimes the convenience of a Clif Bar or a few GoldFish Crackers in a snack trap for Noe outweighs homemade, let’s face it, sometimes it’s also necessary. So instead of avoiding processed foods all together, maybe we just try to pare back a bit.
Stock Up on the Good Stuff
If you’re really craving something sweet, try fruit instead. I like to have grapes, apples, bananas, pears and depending on the time of year either blackberries or oranges on hand. This is especially helpful when your kids are craving something sweet as well. Create healthy habits for both of you by grabbing for a cutie instead of a cookie.
And lastly, the simplest way to curb sugar cravings…
Drink tea! It’s so simple but it really works. I find it particularly helpful after lunch when my afternoon slump has begun. I make a cup of tea without and milk or sugar and I drink it right after lunch. By the time I’m done with it I am no longer craving sugar. No, seriously. Every time I do this I cut the craving and it really doesn’t matter what kind. That said, now that I’ve written this out, the other full proof way to avoid sweets after a meal…brush your teeth!