Sugar cravings can ramp up in perimenopause and cause more weight gain than we might like along with then being caught on a never ending cycle of more and more cravings for sugary treats.

It can be hard to get off that merry-go-round!

Cravings can increase in perimenopause thanks to wild hormones that cause us to sleep badly and sometimes not deal with life's stressors as well as we normally would which then causes cravings.

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.

Prioritise 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.

Need help to get good sleep?  Go 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 sweet 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.

Take our Peri Protein POWders with adaptogen KSM-66 Ashwagandha which are high in protein (as needed in peri) with added adaptogen which will help reduce sugar cravings.

Eliminate or Reduce Processed Foods

Processed foods tend to have higher levels of sugar. Always read ingredient labels. 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. Two cups of SheBANG!'s Peri Chai Latte loaded with Magnesium is a great afternoon pick me up when the energy levels start to drop and you find yourself looking for sugar. 

If you love your chocolate, try our Peri Hot Choccy superlatte so you can get your choc fix that'll help reduce your peri symptoms.

KSM-66 Ashwagandha Supplement

The adaptogen KSM-66 Ashwagandha will help reduce sugar cravings, improve your sleep, help weight management, sexual function and improve your cognitive function.

Shop SheBANG!'s Peri Protein POWders with KSM-66 Ashwagandha

L-Glutamine Supplement

This amino acid stops sugar cravings in their tracks by stabilising blood sugar levels. 

Snack Ideas To Help Reduce Sugar Cravings 

  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds 
  • Tahini/hummus and veggie sticks
  • Boiled egg
  • Apple and nut butter
  • Greek yoghurt with chia seeds and berries.

Want more high protein snack ideas for perimenopause? Go here

November 18, 2021 — Angela Greely

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