It’s pretty safe to say that many of us love ourselves some treats every once in a while, and that’s all good! The problem occurs when we over-consume and end up craving sugar on a daily basis.
We all know that sugar is bad for us for several reasons, yet we like to enjoy it anyway from time to time. But when that little cookie turns into a whole package and you don’t stop at two or three spoons of Haagen-Dazs, but end up eating the whole damn thing you got yourself a sugar overload. And then you’re officially in the vicious circle my friend; because the more sugar you eat, the more your body will crave.
Cravings are driven by the brain’s need for a “reward”, not the body’s need for food.
So, how do we shut down the cravings? We have made a little escape plan.
Toss it all out
There is no way around this; you need to go cold turkey and clean out your cabinets! Toss it all out. Keeping it close is like asking for trouble. Unless you have the willpower, then you’re good (I know I don’t).
Go for a walk
The weirdest advice, but it serves two purposes; you distance yourself from the food you’re craving AND you release endorphins, those “feel-good” chemicals in your brain, that will help turn of the craving. Unless you walk directly to the store. We recommend you not to.
Cravings can come often (at least they do for me) and I can’t get up and go for a power walk every damn time, so talking to someone is also an option. Call or write a friend, or talk to your partner whenever those cravings kick in. Bitch and complain about it and get it all out. You can even ask for some encouragement. Usually you have forgotten all about your cravings afterwards.
If the three tips above don’t do any good, you always have the standard tips: eat proper meals, drink a glass of water (a glass people, not just a sip), eat fruit and avoid stress. It may help! Just remember; If you manage to resist, the cravings will get weaker over time and eventually disappear.
And let’s not forget that some yumminess every once in a while is just what the doctor ordered. We just don’t want any addiction now do we?
By: Henriette Danielsen