How to avoid the Halloween tempation
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Breaking a sugar habit isn’t easy. But it’s possible. And these tips will help:
- Eat a little, not a lot. When wanting to indulge in something sweet or sugary, just have a few bites. A Cornell study found that eating a few bites satisfies cravings as much as larger portions. When it comes to sugary foods, think portions of 100 calories or less.
- Wait it out. Cravings come and go; most last only a few minutes. Distract yourself for 10 minutes by reading a book, calling a friend or watching Davey Wavey Fitness YouTube videos.
- Work it out. Better than waiting out cravings, engage in exercise — even if it’s just a short walk. One study actually found that chocolate cravings dropped significantly after physical exercise.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit. Unlike candy or chocolate, fruit is packed with essential nutrients. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, you’ll load up on vitamins, minerals and fiber. I keep frozen, unsweetened cherries in my freezer for this very purpose. One or two cherries totally does the trick. Try bananas, apples, berries or any other fruit!
- Eat regular meals. Skipping breakfast, lunch or dinner can result in unstable blood-sugar levels and irrational cravings. Keep your blood sugar in check by eating regular meals and by favoring complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates (think brown rice and wheat bread over white rice and white bread).
- Don’t replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. While artificial sweeteners may cut out the calories, they still feed your sugar addiction and they elevate your risk for obesity. Artificial sweeteners are not the answer!
- Find a substitute. If you have a habit of eating sweets after dinner, replace your sugary dessert with something healthier. Instead, you may decide to opt for a soothing cup of tea.
If you have any tips for kicking your sugar habit, please share them in the comments below!