Three ways to... reduce sugar cravings


Sugar. We all know that it’s bad for us, but despite that fact we just can’t kick our sugar habit. You see here’s the problem with sugar – it has the same effect on your brain as an addictive drug.

When you start to consume less, your body goes into a ‘withdrawal’ of sorts and before you know it, you’re frantically searching for a sugary snack just to stave off the craving. The thing with sugar is that the more we eat it, the more we crave it. So just how do you start to reduce your sugar cravings? Here are three tips that you can try.

1.  Try to avoid processed foods – Processed foods are generally full of sugar and little nutritional value. Try replacing some of your go-to processed foods with healthy whole-food alternatives. The best practice is to eat food that’s as close to nature as possible.

2.  Boost your serotonin levels – Serotonin is also known as the ‘happiness hormone’ and by keeping your serotonin levels high, you’re less likely to have cravings for sweet foods. You can get serotonin through exercise, getting plenty of sleep and eating foods like eggs, cheese, salmon, nuts and seeds.

3.  Drink lots of water – Sometimes you may think you have a sugar craving, but what your body could actually be craving is water. So many of us don’t recognise the signs of dehydration and even more of us don’t drink enough water. The next time you get a sugar craving, try drinking a glass of water. Chances are your craving will be gone once you’ve finished your drink.

Catherine Devane