How to Beat Sugar Cravings
Eat a balanced diet
Eating too much of the same thing isn’t good for balance especially if you're experiencing perimenopause symptoms. Eating too much of one flavour can cause cravings for the opposite flavour. A diet high in salty foods tends to create cravings for sweet foods. If you crave sweet foods try sweet vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and corn or flavour foods with sweet spices like coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and cardamom.
Try and get enough sleep
When we are overtired we tend to make poor food choices and want to reach for sugar to give us a quick energy spike. More about perimenopause and sleep here
Avoid Artificial sweeteners.
They are more intense than sugar and many times sweeter. You will still have the same cravings and want more and your palate will get used to that intense sweetness flavour.
Are you eating enough Protein?
You need to eat protein at every meal, roughly the size of your palm, to maintain blood sugar levels.
Eliminate or reduce processed foods.
Processed foods tend to have higher levels of sugar. Always read ingredient labels. I try and avoid foods with more than 10g of sugar per 100g serve.
Are you deficient in Magnesium?
Magnesium regulates blood sugar levels, if you are deficient it may cause intense sugar cravings, especially for chocolate. I find one cup of our Peri Chai Latte loaded with Magnesium is a great afternoon pick me up when the energy levels start to drop and I’m looking for sugar.
This amino acid stops sugar cravings in their tracks by stabilising blood sugar levels.
Here are some ideas of snacks that might hit the spot instead…
- Nuts and seeds
- Tahini/hummus and veggie sticks
- Boiled egg
- Apple and nut butter
- Greek yoghurt with chia seeds and berries.
How do you go with sugar? Have you found a way to tame them or do you really struggle? Share your experience and any questions in the comments below.