What is the most difficult thing to get through when you are on your #nosugarchallenge ? It is your sugar cravings, since your palate is now not receiving similar tastes, it gets harder to control the cravings and get through the challenge successfully. So here are my healthy recommendations that can help you substitute sugar and curb your cravings, giving complete satisfaction to your sweet tooth without compromising on your challenge rules.
1) Celery juice: Most of the times when we crave sugar it is because our body lacks salts and minerals like potassium or sodium etc, Celery juice has all those minerals and vitamins that help in keeping the body full for longer and curb the craving by providing your body with such minerals like calcium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, vitamins A, C & K, electrolytes, water and smaller amounts of other vitamins and minerals.
2) Eat nutritious meals during the day that have high protein content. When hunger strikes, that’s when you are more likely to opt for something unhealthy. If you are full for longer, your mid day snacking reduces and you don’t crave sugary snacks.
3) Many sweet-tasting herbs and spices can easily be added to food and drink to replace sugar. Common replacements include cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla extract. These can be added to coffee or sprinkled on top of oatmeal or yogurt.
4) I kept fruits in my no sugar challenge, because whole fruits are healthy and nutritious, filled with antioxidants but you must eat it in moderation. From experience, I have observed that berries are excellent in curbing your sugar cravings. This could make them a great choice if you think your sugar cravings are linked to habit, rather than hunger. For example, the times when you might crave sweet foods while you’re watching TV.
5) Chia seeds are a good source of many important nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids and soluble dietary fiber. This sort of fiber readily absorbs water and swells up to form a jelly-like substance in your gut, which may help keep you feeling fuller for longer and prevent sugar cravings.
6) Yogurt or kambucha (fermented foods) can help you keep fuller for longer and curb cravings. Yogurt is a healthy snack that’s high in protein and rich in calcium. I tend to make a healthy, antioxidant rich smoothie with no added sugar or honey and it helps in hitting the right spot for sugar cravings.
7) Dates, prunes or dried plums. They are highly nutritious and very sweet. Even though they have been dried, they are a great source of fiber, potassium, iron and beneficial plant compounds. Having a few dates instead of a soda or some candy can give you a sweet fix and also provide you with healthy nutrients. However, remember that dates are very sweet, so stick to just one portion in the entire day.
8) Vegetables like sweet potato, beetroot, butternut squash, carrots are filling and sweet.
9) Trail mix is the name often given to a snack containing dried fruit and nuts. The sweetness of the dried fruit can help halt your sugar cravings, and it’s also a great way to get some nuts into your diet. However, trail mix can be very high in calories, so stick to a serving of around one handful.
10) Coconut water: When those afternoon sugar cravings hit, most people spiral off into a never-ending pit of biscuits, chocolates and drinks sweet enough to match a mars bar. Luckily, you can smash those sugar cravings and eat something that will help you shed weight for summer - just like a tall glass of coconut water.
11) Unsalted pistachio nuts: They might not be the "sweet treat" you were hoping for, but unsalted pistachios are an absolute cravings killer. This is because they work on two levels: not only are they full of protein and fat to fill you up, they also take quite a long time to eat because while you're shelling, your body has time to register food coming in and send out appetite-reducing hormones in response.
12) Frozen grapes: Next time your body craves sugar, try busting a ramekin of pre-frozen grapes. Not only are they sweet enough to kill your cravings, the fact that they are frozen slows you down from consuming the whole bunch and going back for seconds.
· You can do this
· Healthy substitutes and balanced meal plans can keep you fuller for longer
· Moderation is the key even with healthy substitutes
Taking advantage of the #nosugarchallenge to target the stubborn belly fat - coming up next...
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