We love sugar, but it’s not doing us any favors. It’s shown to have the same effects on the brain as an addictive drug (🤯)... so it can be really hard to fight the cravings when you want it! We've even tested out sugar detoxes, which you can read about in our Weekly Wellness Newsletter, Vol. #2.
Read on to learn how to say goodbye to sugar, plus discover our favorite treat when we’re craving candy, and why you can actually have your (candy) and eat it too!
- Read food labels. This may seem obvious, but added sugar can appear in everything from tomato sauce to yogurt so it’s easy to miss. Don't think it's not hiding in the savory stuff.
- Try a piece of fruit. Sweeter fruits like watermelon or mangos can satisfy a sweet tooth and are a good place to start. They're also hydrating, and it's possible that your sweet tooth is actually just chalked up to thirst so kill two birds with one stone....or one craving with one pineapple :) Fruits have fiber, too, making it a much better choice!
- Eat regularly to avoid irrational eating. When you’re hungry, it’s easy to reach for whatever is nearby. Screw the "you're going to ruin your appetite" notion, and don't wait until you're starving and making bad decisions.
- Don’t buy it in the first place. If it’s not in the house, you won’t eat it! Or you'll have to make a hell of an effort to get it, which will you make you second guess how much . you really want it.
- Look at your eating habits overall. Do you tend to reach for sweets after 3pm? Once you do that, think about what started the craving and try to replace it with something else. If you need a boost, a hot or iced tea usually makes us forget what we were craving in the first place. If we're in a work slump, try to walk around the office or the block instead.
- If you’re not a gradual person—just go cold turkey. After the initial few days, cravings should diminish.
- When you want something sweet, like candy, choose low-sugar options. Smart Sweets is re-thinking candy and made with simple, non-GMO ingredients and has only 3 grams of sugar per bag. This is candy we can actually feel good about eating. The Sweet Fish and Sour Gummy Bears are two of our favorites!
Kicking a serious sugar habit? Tell us your tips @sayhellowellness.