You probably know that sugary foods aren’t the healthiest thing to eat, but if you’re like most Americans, you’re eating two to three times more sugar than recommended. The usual suspects — sugar in your morning coffee, soda in the afternoon, ice cream after dinner — can add up to a hefty helping of non-nutritious calories, however “hidden” sugar also lurks in less obvious foods.
#1 Eat Whole Foods That Contain Natural Sugars.
Chemically, sugar is the same whether it’s found in a carrot, an apple, or a candy bar. But fruits and vegetables are also full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and these other nutrients slow down digestion and the flow of sugar into the bloodstream, which moderates the release of dopamine into the brain.
#2 Try A Clinically Proven Lozenge.
Sweet Defeat, a new plant-based lozenge, is clinically proven to stop sugar cravings and reduce sugar consumption, and is the only product of its kind. Made with gymnema leaf extract, zinc, sorbitol, and mint, Sweet Defeat works by binding to the sweet-taste receptors in your taste buds, blocking the taste of sugar in your food in seconds and reducing your sugar cravings for up to an hour.
#3 Practice Portion Control.
To shake up your routine, measure out one serving size of your favorite sweet — a thin slice of cake, one scoop of ice cream, or a small cookie — before dinner, and store it in a glass or plastic container. Stash the rest in the back of the cabinet, refrigerator, or freezer so it’s more difficult to go back for seconds.
#4 Indulge With Dessert, Not A Sugary Snack.
If a completely sugarless life isn’t for you, save the sugar for dessert. When eaten after a meal of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats, dessert won’t have quite the impact on your blood sugar, and you’re more likely to feel satisfied by a small bite of something sweet.
#5 Eat Foods High In Minerals.
Sugar cravings can be caused by a mineral deficiency, particularly a need for magnesium, chromium, and zinc. Magnesium — needed by the body for numerous functions, including regulating blood pressure and blood sugar, strengthening bones, and maintaining a healthy heart — is found in dark leafy greens, avocado, brown rice, quinoa, nuts, seeds, and raw cacao.