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Sugar cravings and Blood sugar.
The brain needs glucose to properly function, so it makes sense that the brain will crave sugar in order to get it. Though the body breaks down all carbohydrates into simple sugars, so you don’t literally need to eat sugar to feed your brain glucose.
Instead Eat a sufficient amount protein
Often times, when we yearn for a sugar or carbohydrate fix, what we really need is a good source of protein. Protein is an important building block and plays an important role in balancing our blood sugar levels. It’s digested at a slower rate than carbohydrates, and protein-rich foods are usually low on the glycemic index.
Keep your blood sugar balanced.
When we consume sweet foods, our blood sugar levels spike and give us that ‘sugar rush’. But what goes up, must come down and when we crash it leaves us sluggish and desperate for another sugar fix. Stabilize your blood sugar by consuming meals that include a mix of complex carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fats and protein. Since these all take time to break down and absorb, this will keep your blood sugar levels even and reduce your cravings for sugar, plus help balance hormones.
Stay well hydrated.
Our bodies need enough water to perform a multitude of daily functions. Water improves digestion and elimination, reduces pain, lubricates our joints, fuels our cells, transport chemical messengers throughout the body, enhances kidney function and keeps us feeling energized.
Studies show that adequate hydration before meals can help you feel more full, which prevents overeating and may lead to weight loss. When you feel satiated, you’re less likely to reach for that cookie or a slice of cake.
Aim for at least 1 gallon per day.
Get enough sleep.
Ensure you get at least 7-8 hours per night, and you may find your sugar cravings greatly reduce or disappear entirely.
Don’t keep sugary treats in the house. Instead, stock your fridge and pantry with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, spices, teas and gluten-free grains that you can consume when sugar cravings or hunger strikes.