This may come as a surprise after the sweet times we’ve shared together, but I’m breaking up with you.
Our relationship has become very one sided; I’m afraid I love you too much.
I know you think we’re good together, but it just doesn’t feel right anymore.
Sometimes I feel like you’re watching me from the television screen, or through bakery store windows. I can smell you, even if I can’t see you.
I’ve no doubt it will be difficult when we see each other. I sure you’ll understand if I look away… you’re just too tempting.
Please don’t call me in the middle of the night. I won’t answer.
I’m a stronger woman now.
I don’t need you anymore.
Does this sound familiar? Do you find yourself craving sugary foods even when you’re not hungry? Sweets have been both my best friend and unfortunately, my worst enemy. As a busy woman, I know what it’s like to crave a sweet reward at the end of a long day.
It’s unavoidable. As women, our hormones are constantly plotting against us. Cravings arise and suddenly, that chocolate cake that was meant for the grandchildren is devoured in a frenzy of frosting and crumbs.
So what can we do? Here are 3 hot tips to help you survive the mid-afternoon munchies.
- Round Out Your Day
Smoothies are not just for the early morning gym junkie, they also make a fantastic afternoon snack. Just be sure to make the right kind of smoothie. No sugary concoctions here. Keep it well balanced with small amounts of organic fruit, healthy fats such as avocado or coconut oil and some nuts or tahini for the all essential protein.
- Keep It Small and Consistent
Overly large meals place a burden on your digestive tract while eating small, regular meals throughout the day will stave off sugar cravings. What type of foods should you eat? Anything that creates the dreamy combination of healthy fats, protein and carbs. Try almond butter on apple slices, or smoked salmon with avocado on wholegrain crackers.
- If It’s White, It Ain’t Right
White breads, cakes and pastas raise blood sugar levels causing you to crave even more sugar! Do yourself a favour and ditch the refined white foods altogether. Replace them instead with nutrient-dense whole grains such as quinoa. Not only will quinoa’s delicious nutty flavour tantalise your taste buds, it’s an excellent source of protein and healthy carbohydrates to boot!
Sugar doesn’t need to be the enemy. As long as we make healthy choices we can certainly have our low-sugar, apricot and almond cake and eat it too!
What’s one small change you could make today that will take you from crazy sugar cravings to glowing, gorgeous and full of vitality?
Are you on a low-sugar diet? What are your tips for healthy living? Share them below!