#FitnessFriday - How To Control Sugar Cravings?12:00 AM
Here's the science behind it: Sugar, which is a carbohydrate, stimulates the release of the feel-good brain chemical called serotonin. That calms and relaxes us, and offers a natural "high" which makes us addicted to it. Hence, eating excess of sugar (simple carbohydrate), without including proteins and healthy fats in to the meal, give the body only a short-term energy boost, but soon after leaves it famished and craving for more. The reason I am sharing this is because personally I feel I I am better equipped to fight my cravings when I support my decisions with logic. Not that it has ever completed stopped me from eating sugar, but it does help me regulate the portion and frequency.
Here are three ways in which I have been fighting my sugar cravings:
- Fruits As Snacks - I start my day with half a banana which instantly provides me with energy and sugar fix. I add 3 to 4 strawberries to my protein smoothie which again adds flavor, makes the drink sweet and also provides fiber and nutrients. And for mid-afternoon snack, I slice half an apple. Having a fruit handy helps me stay on track then the sugar craving hits. P.S. If you would like to see what I eat in a day check out my Insta-Stories today. It would be gone by March 4th!
- Just Say NO! - I have realized I have a hard time consuming 'small portions' of something sweet. One croissant has me craving for another. One slice of cake makes me want to take the second. So on and so forth. Second servings of 'sugary' snacks become mandatory, hence cutting out all simple sugars works the best for me. It hard, especially while crossing the baked goods and ice cream aisle in the grocery store but reminding myself of my goals and just saying no works. After a week the cravings diminish and over time I am able to train my taste buds to be satisfied with less.
- Grab some gum - If you know me, you know that I always have Orbit® sugarfree gum. In my handbag, gym bag, car, husband's car, living room, kitchen, nightstand - there's an Orbit® sugarfree gum pack everywhere. These are all the places where I might crave sugar and instead to going for a sugar snack I reach right away for the gum. Chewing Orbit Gum has helped me keep my wellness goals on track by minimizing mindless snacking throughout the day. It is just a better choice while pursuing my balanced lifestyle.