So you recently stopped eating sugar and your cravings are out of control…
You can’t stop thinking about food…
Does this sound familiar?
Here are 8 easy steps you can take to solve this SHORT TERM problem.
1. Don’t Starve Yourself, Eat Adequate Amounts of Fat
When your body is adjusting to burning fat for fuel instead of sugar, it’s only natural that you have cravings. During this time, it’s critical that you eat enough fat with each meal to feel satiated.
If you’re not eating an adequate amount of fat, you’re literally starving yourself, because you’re not providing your body with a sufficient amount of calories from either fuel source it needs. So, in an effort to survive, you’re going to crave the fuel source your body is most used to, sugar.
To avoid this problem, eat enough fat with each meal to reach satiation. This will drastically reduce any sugar cravings that you may have.
2. When a Craving Hits, Eat Some Fat
Let’s say you are eating enough fat with every meal to feel satiated, what if you still get a craving?
- Eat a tablespoon of coconut oil, butter, or olive oil
- Eat an avocado
- Grab a handful of almonds
This will signal to your body that there is an adequate amount of fuel, which will reduce or completely eliminate your craving.
3. Eat Fermented Foods to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Often times, cravings for sugar come from bacteria, parasites, yeasts, or other pathogens that have grown to an unhealthy level in your gut or other parts of your body.
To begin healing your gut, you’ll need to repopulate it with healthy bacteria. To do this, eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, or apple cider vinegar with every meal, or when you have a craving. This can eliminate cravings on the spot.
4. Drink Water
Sometimes cravings are simply thirst in disguise. Try drinking a glass of water next time you feel a craving. Wait 10-15 minutes to see if it goes away. If it doesn’t, try one of the other methods in this list.
Many scientific studies show that humans crave more food when they sleep less. A lack of sleep alters your blood glucose and your hormones, causing you to crave unhealthy foods, and even make poor decisions.
Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night, depending on your body type, current state of health, and activity level.
6. Manage Your Stress
Many people eat food to cope with stress. Though this can make you feel better in the moment, it doesn’t solve the problem that created your stress.
Learn to reduce your stress through activities such as meditation, breathing exercises, taking walks, having fun with friends, etc.
Make the time to do what makes you happy! It’s essential to your health!
7. LCHF with Friends
Making lifestyle changes is so much easier when someone else is on board with you.
Find at least 1 friend to start eating healthier along with you.
If you can’t find any friends willing to go on LCHF way of eating with you, is there anyone that can hold you accountable?
If not, don’t worry, we’ll keep you accountable in my facebook group, Love Low Carb High Fat Ketogenic.
Here you’ll find a community of people going through the same changes you are. We’ll answer your questions, share our experiences with you, swap recipes, and more!
8. Remind Yourself Why You Stopped Eating Sugar
If you’ve tried everything you can think of and you’re still craving sugar like crazy, remind yourself why you started this Low carb high fat way of eating in the first place.
You’ve made the decision to get healthier, eating sugar is not helping you achieve that goal. If anything, it’s slowing you down and making your health goals harder to attain.
Let’s say you do cave in and decide to eat sugar, the sugar high, which is just a chemical release, is only going to last 15-20 minutes anyways.
Is that really worth another day of being overweight and unhealthy?
I think not…
That being said, if you do cave in and eat sugar, don’t be hard on yourself. Make a better decision tomorrow. Beating yourself up about it won’t do anything but make you feel bad.
Remember, you and you alone have the power to stop your sugar cravings, nobody else.
The first few days will be the hardest. You’ll have strong cravings for all the sugary foods you love. These urges may feel impossible to resist at first, but you can do it.
Use your willpower. You have it whether or not you say you do.
I have faith in you!
How do you reduce your sugar cravings? Let us know in the comments below!