As we’re slowly moving towards sunnier days, you might find yourself struggling with those sugar cravings that you had acquired during the winter months.
And because it’s soon going to be time to ditch the winter clothes you might not feel so good wearing your lighter clothing since you might have piled up a few pounds and would feel a little better if you could shed some.
Very often during winter, cravings kick in because the body requires starchier food to fight the cold.
Unfortunately, sugar can affect negatively our cardiovascular, digestive and mental health. So how can you move out of your sugar cravings in a gentle manner to allow your body to get used to the change?
Here are a few steps that you can follow to move to a sugar-free world
Listen to your body
When a craving urge arises take a moment to reflect on it and ask yourself:
“Is this real?” “Am I really hungry? Or am I thirsty?”
You might think that you’re hungry but in reality you’re dehydrated. Think on how much water or herbal teas you’ve had through the day. If you haven’t had enough liquid apart from coffee, try to drink a good glass of water with a squeezed lemon and wait to see what effect it has on your body. You can also have herbal teas if you prefer. Your cravings might disappear.
“EAT” don’t just snack
Make sure that you eat a well proportioned meal and not just snacking. Continuous snacking induces more snacking and doesn’t give your body enough nutrients to keep going through the day.
What food to choose?
When it’s time to choose your food, go for the protein option. Meat such as chicken legs and fish are a really good source.
Add fibres to your diet. Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kale, carrots and beetroots. But also pulses such as lentils, black beans and chickpeas.
Probiotics rich foods help you replenish the gut. You can find them in fermented foods and drinks. You can learn more about probiotics in the free webinar coming up on the 17th of April : https://www.facebook.com/events/362315791042304/
If your sugar urge is too strong and if you must have sweet food, replace sugar by raw local honey.
Take time to implement those changes and always take a moment to thank yourself for any progress that you make even if you think that these are small.