4 Simple Steps to Eat Less Sugar
We all experienced how hard it is to decrease our sugar consumption, even slightly! And there is a reason for that: sugar is highly addictive, the more you have it the more your body asks for it. And the worst you feel. Research has showed that processed sugar has the same effect on the brain as a high from cocaine. In my practice, I work mainly with women and sugar is almost systematically their biggest craving. However, after a couple of weeks of working together, all of them succeed in reducing dramatically their daily consumption. How? By replacing it with a healthier food options.
Here are four initial steps you can take tomorrow:
1-Hydrate more throughout your day: Most people forget to drink and are somewhat dehydrated. If you work long hours sitting and gazing at your computer, chances are that you will forget to drink and end up craving something after a while. While your brain might be asking for water, most of us are wired to interpret that demand as sugar. Instead of drinking we will indulge in coffee, a cookie or a candy, while in reality we are just thirsty.
2-Clean your pantry: If it’s not available, you will be less tempted! Be mindful when you buy your grocery and set yourself up for success by ordering fresh fruits and snack options instead of processed sweets. For example, buy some hummus and organic popcorn instead of chips and salsa. Your body will thank you!
3-Include more greens, veggies and healthy animal protein. Fill your meals with highly nutritious ingredients that will take a while to digest. This will help keep your blood sugar stable to avoid those sugar cravings.
4-Don’t eat too early! Organize your evening routine to eat a nutritious and balanced meal approximately 3 hours before bedtime. That will allow you to sleep on an empty stomach and avoid late night sugar cravings.