Cutting out sugar and other carbs is way easier said than done. As soon as you cut them out of your diet, your blood sugar starting taking a ride on a roller coaster over and over–it is no joke. When we remove sugar and carbs the bacteria in our gut changes, which is why we crave sugar and carbs like no other. It is the gut bacteria that are noticing the difference and wanting it back. Cutting out sugar and carbs is always a hard challenge, but there are ‘tricks’ that can help you survive a little bit more even minded, rather than feeling like you are going crazy and lashing out for reasons you otherwise wouldn’t.
5 Ways to Help Curb the Sugar Cravings
Drink More Water
A lot of the times when your body sends you signals that it is hungry, it really is just trying to tell you that it is thirsty. Whenever you feel hunger coming along, try drinking water first. Drink a glass of water and then wait a bit, if you are still feeling those hunger mumbles and grumbles then you are indeed hungry and not just thirsty. Drinking carbonated water is also helpful is feeling a bit full from the buddles unlike just plain still water.
Eat More Cruciferous Vegetables
Eating more cruciferous vegetables or those high in cellulose (like dark leafy greens) create more bulk in the stomach and intestines. This gives your body plenty to work with so that it doesn’t even have time to think about wanting sugar or unhealthy carbs.
Eat Without Distraction
It certainly is tempting to eat with your phone in your hand looking at Instagram or while watching a show on television. If you remove distractions though and eat with purpose, your brain will register every bite you are consuming. When your body knows you are eating, it can focus on digesting and not needing to block other stimulations or stress. This way you will feel fuller, longer.
Keep Yourself Busy
When we are bored, we tend to walk into the kitchen and stare into the refrigerator and pantry more often. If you fully immerse yourself into each of your activities then there won’t be any room for distraction or side snacking. If you don’t have work to distract you, think about things you love and go to that or pick up a new hobby.
Even though you are cutting out sugar and carbs it is important for your brain to receive carbs so make sure you are giving your brain some carbs. It needs at least 30g of carbs a day to function. Plus, if you completely restrict yourself, then when you do allow yourself to have carbs or sugar you will most likely overindulge and backtrack on your progress.
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