5 Ways to Overcome Your Sugar Cravings

Getting in control of your sugar cravings will lead to plenty of improvements to your health during this holiday season. Overcoming your sugar cravings will:

  • strengthen your immune system
  • boost your energy
  • improve your mood
  • enhance your sleep quality
  • help clear up skin irritations (acne, breakouts, eczema, psoriasis)

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The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is hands down, the most challenging to resist sugar temptations. It only takes on bite to trigger your sweet tooth and then it is a downhill slope from there.  Next, we begin to make the excuse ” I will get back on track in January.” Sound familiar?

So how can you get your sugar cravings back in control?

1. Eat a protein-based breakfast- starting your day with a carbohydrate based breakfast (Cereal, toast, bagels, juice) is going to trigger your sweet tooth. You are also depriving your body and your mind much needed nutrients to stabilize your energy. Here is a video of a great protein-based breakfast (good for both men and women, just adjust quantities): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuH71rDeMB0

2. Set a Goal- if you are trying to change an unfavorable habit, it is essential to set goals. An affective goal should be challenging and quantitative. For example: “My goal is to eliminate sugar from my diet for 14 days.” Write your goal down in places that you will see it every day. Share your goal with at least 2 people.

3. Clean out your home– When there are candy bars, chocolate, ice cream or cookies in your home, it becomes much more difficult to resist. Remember that the choices you make in the grocery store affect how you eat at home. Don’t wait until your chocolate stash is finished, go ahead and toss it out now!

4. Sugar replacements– If you still want a sweet taste without the addictive qualities of sugar, choose a natural sugar alternative like Stevia or Xylitol. These sweeteners come from natural sources, they do not affect the blood sugar, and have no carcinogenic effects.

5. Pack a snack– Make sure to always have a snack handy. Waiting more than 4 hours to eat is a poor decision if you tend to have sugar cravings. When we wait too long to eat, our blood sugar levels drop and we crave sugar to get it back up.  Eating a quality snack will help stabilize the blood sugar as opposed to causing a blood sugar spike.                     Click here for examples of quality snack options 

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Holiday Carob Mint Truffles

Holiday Carob Mint Truffles
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If you are looking for a crowd pleaser this year for the holidays, go no further! This is the ultimate holiday dessert. They are unbelievably simple to make and the flavor will take over your guest’s tastebuds. The best part about this dessert is that it is actually good for you! In moderation that is.. This dessert is different to most desserts in that it is anti-inflammatory. There are a lot of nutrients packed into these little bites of goodness.
Fun fact: Sunflower seeds have the highest protein content of all seeds.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted (try with 6, see if you need to add more)
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut butter
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder**
  • 3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon carob powder
  • 1 Tablespoon water + 1 teaspoon if necessary
  • 2 drops peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut flakes

Recipe adapted from Bauman College

**Spirulina can be found in the vitamin section at your local health food store. It is a blue/green algae that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Be sure to use this ingredient as it is both health supportive and it provides for the deep/rich/dark color

 Directions
  1. Add sunflower seeds to food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add medjool dates and pulse again until well incorporated
  2. Add coconut butter, spirulina, and carob powder until combined. Add the water a little at a time to get the desired consistency. To test, try rolling some of the mixture in a ball. It should stick together when pressed but should not be wet.
  3. Add the peppermint extract and salt. Start with 1 drop peppermint and increase if necessary.
  4. Pinch off a little of the mixture and roll into a ball about the size of a quarter. Roll in the dried coconut and set on a platter.
Best part is that the coconut looks like SNOW!