Craving something sweet is not just a matter of willpower over temptation. Many things can trigger a deep desire for sugar such as emotion, daily dietary choices, stress, celebration, imbalance in the body and more. Instead of trying to ignore it, try reaching for a healthy version of sweetness instead, These five foods to stop sugar cravings are a great place to start:
Raw, Organic Honey: Honey is an excellent source of natural sweetness, plus it’s a great way to get a quick burst of energy. Add a tablespoon to green tea or simply have a tablespoon alone.
Dark Chocolate: That’s right, you now have official permission to eat chocolate! But make sure it’s dark. Dark chocolate is fill of antioxidants and it’s been proven to improve energy and mental health while keeping cravings for sugar satisfied. Look for chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao and enjoy!
Frozen Grapes: It doesn’t get easier and tastier than this. Rinse a bunch of grapes and throw them in the freezer for a quick sweet treat that will squelch any desire for unhealthy sugary treats.
Fresh Fruit: There’s no need to ignore the desire for sweetness; instead address it the way nature intended! Keep plenty of fresh fruit on-hand to keep your body, taste buds and cravings under healthy control. And feel free to sprinkle your fresh fruit with unsweetened coconut for an extra boost of body supportive sweetness.
If your sugar cravings are extreme, it could be due to a number of issues, including hormonal imbalance, unhealthy dieting, adrenal fatigue or eating disorder. Be sure to talk with your health practitioner to pinpoint the root cause and come up with a detailed plan to get your cravings under control and your diet balanced.