Ever notice that stressed spelled backwards is desserts? Coincidence or not, many of us turn to sweets as a means for self-soothing. Unfortunately, the relief is temporary and invariably causes more trouble down the road.
Here are some helpful ways to tame the crave the next time you want something sweet to eat:
- Pause and ask why. The desire for sugar may be an indication that you need more sweetness elsewhere in your life. Are you getting your connection quotient?
- Combine foods. Satisfy a sugar craving by combining it with a healthy one. For example, split a date in half and stuff it with a pecan. As a bonus, the protein will help slow the release of the sugar.
- Reach for fruit. Keep fruit handy for when sugar cravings hit. You’ll get fiber and nutrients along with sweetness. As always, fresh is best.
- Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, take a walk around the block or dance like no one’s watching. A change in scenery can help take your mind off the food you’re craving.
- Choose quality over quantity. Keep a splurge stash, but keep it small. When you dip into it, savor every bite and give thanks that you’re able to enjoy it without sacrificing health.
- Eat regularly. Waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that curb your hunger. Eating every three to four hours can help keep blood sugar stable.