The holidays are over. With that starts the time to adjust our bodies back to healthier eating habits and limiting our sugar intake. According to WebMD’s article “Curb Sugar and Carb Cravings”, they quote Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a dietitian and American Dietetic Association (ADA) spokeswoman saying, “”Sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth.”
It is no doubt that carbohydrates stimulate the brain’s senses and feel good mood with serotonin. Even more so, they offer a “natural high” as well as just taste good. The American Heart Association recommends about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men, however the average American adult consumes around 22 teaspoons per day!
How to Curb Your Sweet Tooth:
Eating often to avoid over eating. It is recommended that you eat 6 small meals per day. While doing so, try to consume health nutritious meals that are packed with protein or whole grains and are fiber rich.
Pick Favorites. Instead of grabbing whatever sweet you find, whether it be the office vending machine or a quick soda, pick a favorite treat that you can savor. Perhaps it is a bite size cupcake or your favorite coffee cake. Take small, slow bites to enjoy its taste and make the dessert more memorable.
Fight or Flight. When a sugar craving hits, whether at work or at home, switch signals by focusing on a new project, turn on music or take a brisk walk to the mail or grab some good ol’ H2O.
Nature’s Candy. Keep fruit nearby like grapes, diced strawberries, slices of apple will seem like a much needed treat and taste just as good.
Cut it Out. Eliminate the cravings by cutting out sugar all together. The first 2-5 days are the hardest, but after that, most people can walk away and will often enjoy their new found diet minus the sugar.