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How is everyone’s new routine going at home? If you’re like me, you like to snack a lot. While adapting to the slower pace at home and all the additional time spent inside, it’s very easy to lose control of your snacking. A reason to be over-snacking during this time could stem from emotional eating – meaning eating as a way to comfort ourselves from stress. Another reason could be that we aren’t eating enough full meals. As a result, we tend to reach for sugary snacks to feel satisfied. Here are a few tips to help you curb your sugar cravings and control your snacking habits:
Tip #1: Be mindful. Start noticing what you consume that has added sugar.
Is there a certain time of day or setting where you experience a sugar itch? It’s important to be mindful. Perhaps you might notice an emotional attachment to your sugar craving. For example, a moment during the day when you felt stressed (emotional) or a moment when you felt tired (nutrient depleted).
Tip #2: Snack smarter & implement healthy swaps.
As soon as you get a craving for something sweet, eat healthy fat or protein. Why? Wholesome fat and protein fill us up. Your sugar cravings will be stopped in their tracks! But, of course, don’t go overboard with fat, especially processed fat like chips.
By cutting out snacking entirely, this can cause us to feel mentally and psychologically deprived, which can backfire our well-being! This is why it’s easier to replace your cravings with something healthier.
Tip #3: Reduce spikes in your blood sugar level.
Sugary snacks take us on the blood sugar rollercoaster ride. We all know that this rollercoaster is a dangerous one to be on, so be conscious of spikes in your blood sugar level. When you mix sugar with fibre, healthy fats, or protein, you’re actually slowing down the absorption of sugar in your blood. This means you won’t experience sugar spikes!
Tip #4: Be wary of snacks with hidden sugars.
Did you know that some cereals have more than double the amount of added sugar than a slice of chocolate cake?! Remember – added sugar can easily be hidden in lots of products you might not have considered. It’s important to take the time to properly read a product’s ingredient list and nutritional table. If you’re curious about how the different types of sugar affect your body, read more here.
Since we don’t quite know yet when we’ll be able to leave our homes, we have to adapt to this new reality in the healthiest way possible. In the next few weeks, it’s important to establish a healthy routine and return to our good eating habits! To help you, we’ve created a guide that condenses all the information from our past 21-Day Sugar-Free Challenge. Download the PDF below for more tips and tricks on how to gradually reduce your sugar consumption and break the vicious cycle!