“An estimated 600 million pounds of Halloween candy is purchased in the U.S. each year – that’s an average of about two pounds of candy per person.”
Try these strategies to stop your sugar cravings:
- Completely cut it out of your diet: Sugary sweets and other processed carbohydrates are absorbed into the bloodstream almost immediately, causing a rapid rise then crash of blood sugar, insulin, and energy. The result: We continue to look for more sugar! This might not be an easy thing for most of us, but be patient because it can take up to days or several weeks for cravings to disappear.
- Read labels: Even if you think something is healthy or appears to be healthy, it can still be loaded with sugars. Whole grain breakfast cereals, cartons of low-fat flavored yogurt, granola bars, 100% fruit juice etc, are all loaded with sugars that can be hidden.
- Try cutting back on alternative sweeteners it may train your taste buds and brains to become acclimated to intensely super-sweet foods and drinks.
- Protein, protein, protein: Incorporating enough protein – particularly at breakfast – can help to curb cravings, burn more calories, and consume fewer calories throughout the day.
- Keep a glass of water by your side at all times: One of the first signs of being even slightly dehydrated is fatigue, and when that sleepiness hits, we most likely turn to sugar for a quick pick-me-up.
- SLEEP, DREAM, NAP: Studies have consistently shown that lack of sleep can negatively impact hormones that regulate our appetite and blood sugar levels.
So, when you go to pick up that piece of candy or sugary food.. think twice! The sugar will make it hard to just eat one.. it will have you wanting to come back for more! You have control, you can control your diet and how you feel!
For more information: http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2012/11/cant_stop_eating_halloween_can.html Molly Kimball is a registered dietitian in New Orleans