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5 Ways to Reduce Your Cravings for Sugar

If you decided to kick the sugar habit, that is great news! Sugar cravings have been compared to drug addiction, in that giving up sugar can initially result in physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, and its hold on you is far more reaching than you may have ever realized.

In fact, we have all been told for years that dietary fat was the main cause of heart disease and stroke, but studies are now finding that sugar causes inflammation in your body and therefore plays a huge role in cardiovascular disease. Sugar is also linked to increased risk of cancer, gut issues, and other illnesses and diseases!

It is important thing to remember that sugar is not only found in treats and soda, it is also found in white bread, white rice and pasta, fruit juices, fruit yogurts, and some high sugar fruits such as bananas and watermelon, to name a few. By definition, if you follow a Keto diet, you will ditch the sugar, but saying so doesn't make it easy!

Here are 5 ways to reduce your sugar cravings

Eat more protein –

Be sure that all your meals and snacks include protein. You can pack a hard-boiled egg, and cheese as snacks in your lunch. Other good sources of protein are extra lean beef, plain yogurt (you can add some fruit to it, if you want to add natural sweetness), and cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna. Keep nuts on hand to get more protein, and this will stop your sugar cravings in their tracks.

Ensure you get enough fiber –

Fiber does a body a lot of good, and one of those good things is to fill you up. You can get fiber in vegetables and fruits, as long as you don’t juice them. Fiber also comes in avocados, chia seeds, flax seeds, dark leafy greens, cauliflower and more.

Consume protein and fruit/vegetables together –

An example, already provided above, is to add fruit to plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt. You can also make a fruit and vegetable smoothie, and then add protein powder to it. Not only will you be get the benefits of the sweet taste, it will fill you up with protein and fiber as well.

Consume probiotics –

You have two types of bacteria in your gut – good/healthy and bad/unhealthy. The key to staying healthy is to ensure that the good bacteria outnumber the bad ones. The bad bacteria can contribute to “candida,” which is what causes yeast infections in your body. Yeast thrives on sugar, and thus increase your cravings for sugar.

To curb this, increase your good bacteria counts. Foods high in probiotics include yogurt, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and kombucha.

Use natural sweeteners –

As you consume less sugar, your tastebuds change and you will find that you crave sugar less and less. However, there may still be some foods or beverages that you wish to sweeten initially, or as you continue on your sugar-reduced journey.

Water –

Don’t forget about the A#1 Superfood – water. When your sugar craving starts to take over, have some water, on the rocks, with lemon or lime juice squeezed in.

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