1. Fight Sugar With Healthy Fats
Fat does not make you fat, sugar does. Healthy fats on the other hand help stabilize your blood sugar, keep you feeling satiated for longer, provide fuel and energy for your cells, give your body the building blocks to creating healthy hormones, help repair intestinal lining, and the list continues...
Snack on nuts, seeds, nut butters, or avocados. My favorite sugar combatting snack is an apple with almond butter or sunflower seed butter. You can also use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil generously in your cooking and on salads to stay satiated and to help keep sugar cravings at bay.
2. Start Your Day With A Low-Carb Meal With Protein
Starting your day with protein is the secret to balancing your blood sugar and insulin which helps curb your sugar cravings for the rest of the day. Choose a clean source of protein such as organic eggs, nuts, seeds, fish, chicken, grass-fed red meat, or a high quality protein powder -- I use a collagen powder from grass-fed sources.
3. Snack On Whole-Foods That Are Naturally Sweet
Root vegetables, fresh fruits and berries have enough natural sugar in them to satisfy a sweet tooth. If you’ve been eating a high sugar diet your taste palette has been compromised. After a few days off of refined and added sugars you’ll find that a slice of pineapple or even a simple beet is plenty sweet. This is because your taste buds renew themselves every 10 days or so and you have an entire new taste palette to play with. Have a sweet tooth? Try one of these tasty sugar-free desserts that won't feed Candida.
4. Move Your Body!
Incorporate regular physical activity into your day like walking and stretching. Start with 10 minutes a day. Being active helps balance blood sugar levels, boosts energy, releases endorphins which improve your mood, helps melt tension and releases pent up emotion, all of which help you reduce your need to self-medicate with sugar.
5. Stay Hydrated
Have a water bottle handy so you remember to drink water throughout the day. Add a slice of lemon, cucumber, basil leaves, or fresh rosemary for extra flavor which can entice you to drink more water. Reduce the consumption of dehydrating liquids such as coffee and alcohol which also cause blood sugar swings.
6. Play With Spices & Herbs
Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander, basil, cloves, stevia, mint, and vanilla can sweeten your meals naturally to help combat sugar craves. Try infusing your water with these herbs and you'll find that drinking more water throughout the day becomes tastier and easier. I like to chew on a cinnamon stick (make sure to use ceylon cinnamon rather than cassia as it's the one that's packed with nutrients), or a licorice stick (the actually herb not the candy!)
7. Get Good Quality Sleep & Schedule In Regular Down Time
Avoid late night screen time, turn off your electronics and keep them out of your bedroom. Black out curtains can help improve the quality of your sleep. Schedule in time everyday for a self-care activity. When you're rested, feel taken care of, and your emotional needs have been met, you're less likely to turn to a coping mechanism of binge eating sugar.
8. Eliminate Chemicals & Artificial Sweeteners, Low-fat & Fat-free Foods From Your Diet.
These foods interfere with the natural biological responses in your gut that signal satiety to your brain, they mess with your blood sugar, and trap you on a roller coaster of sugar highs and lows. Avoid them and watch sugar cravings begin to disappear.
9. Try Supplementing with Chromium
Chromium picolinate can help improve the body’s response to insulin and manage blood sugar levels to help get sugar cravings under control. It has also shown reduce hunger, cravings and binge eating.