If sugar is your downfall, allow me to help. First things first, reduce your sugar consumption in the morning. If you have sugar with your breakfast, you will spike your cravings for the rest of the day. Try to stick to fruit - one with breakfast, one with your mid-morning snack (remember to always "round out" a fruit with something that contains a bit of healthy fat and some protein, to stabilize blood sugar). If you have too much fruit throughout the day, it too can increase your sugar cravings. I try to get my clients to switch to vegetables from lunch onward - and have lots of them!
If you are really jonesin' for a cookie, a chocolate bar or a frappuccino drizzled in caramel sauce, try a cup of tea and two squares of dark chocolate. The dark chocolate packs enough richness to usually nip a sugar craving in the butt. And, it's rich in polyphenols and flavonoids, which help reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, and reduce damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Another option that I sometimes reach for when I'm dying for something sweet is the President's Choice flavoured Greek Yogurt. It has 15g of sugar, which isn't by any means ideal, but the upside is that it has 13g of protein in this little package! So there is some balance there.
When I'm craving baked goods, specifically, a bowl of oatmeal with some cinnamon usually does the trick.
Ultimately, you want to be sure you are still working with real food. Stay away from the diet pops, the "light" processed productsâ¦ dark chocolate is real, and it is good for us. Stick to foods your body is designed to consume, and your hormones will balance and your cravings will settle at a minimum. And what ELSE does that mean? A bangin' body. :)