We live in a busy world. We are on the go. We are non-stop. Too often the stress of life gets to us and we eat. AND EAT. We eat foods that do not nourish us.
We crave sugar. We crave simple carbs. We crave junk. Chips and ice cream anyone?
For many of us we get sick and we don’t know why but if we really examined what we ate, then we may have the answer.
Most people these days suffer from sugar-related diseases and struggle to control sugar levels in their blood. According to Statistics Canada, in 2015, the average Canadian consumed 85 lbs. of sugar every year. That’s the equivalent of 20 teaspoons of sugar per day! Tempting desserts, sodas, and sugar-containing foods supply calories that often lack nutrition.
Below are some foods that can help curb your sugar cravings. Try to incorporate some of them into your diet today!
Low glycemic fruits
Fruits such as green apples, berries and grapefruit* are loaded with fiber which can help slow down the absorption of sugar into your blood stream. In addition, berries such as blueberries are powerhouse antioxidants which are great for your health!
*If you have blood pressure issues, limit your consumption of grapefruit. Please see your healthcare practitioner if you have any questions about whether you should eat grapefruit.
Protein will prevent your body from releasing insulin due to the lack of sugar in your system, which helps balance blood sugar levels and aids in reducing sugar cravings. Chicken, turkey, fish, beans, and lean red meat are pure sources of protein that are essential for your growth and keeping sugar cravings to minimum.
This high fiber fruit is also a source of good fat. Eating avocado will improve the brain functioning and most importantly, keep you full which reduces the sugar craving to a great extent. Avocados also help maintain a level of cortisol which is one of the stress hormones.
These veggies include broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage contain a high fiber content and assist in detoxifying the body. You can eat them either in raw or cooked form. They will keep you feeling full for a longer time and help curb the craving for sugar.
Fermented foods promote probiotics in the gut and these probiotics make you less prone to sugar cravings. Kefir and kimchee do wonders when eaten regularly. You will find yourself desiring less sugar after eating these fermented foods.
Have a sugar craving? Want a healthy alternative? Try chia pudding. The chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein and omega 3. Enjoy chia pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy and nutritious way as chia provides minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
This is just a sampling of foods that can help with your sugar cravings.
Are you interested in learning more about how sugar affects your health?
Join me on March 23, 2021, for my webinar Sugar, Not So Sweet – How Sugar Affects Your Hormones and Health!
During this FREE webinar, you’ll learn the following:
– How excess sugar causes weight gain, mood swings, insomnia and more.
– Where sugar is hiding out! You’d be surprised!
– And the things you can do to curb your sugar cravings
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See you on March 23rd!
Until next time!
Yours in health and wellness,
Francine Alleyne (RHNP™)
Holistic Nutritionist, Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner™
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DISCLAIMER: Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing any symptoms. I am not a doctor. This post and anything else you find on my website is intended for informational, educational and self-empowerment purposes ONLY and is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition or disease.