Sometimes, just out of the blue, we start to crave sweets. We usually blame it on “that time of the month”. Some us can’t use that excuse any longer so we shift the blame to stress, more stress or a whole lot of stress. I say let’s just blame stress for everything and enjoy the sweets. Sorry…not good advice.
If the craving for sweets can be remedied with fruit, then eat away. No harm in eating fruit. If you are craving chocolate and you eat a Snickers once a year, still no harm was done. If you eat two Snickers, ten cookies, a soda and invite Ben and Jerry to your nightly ritual, now we need to talk. You are causing your body harm.
Eating too much sugar will cause headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, heart attacks and obesity. That’s just the beginning. So before we get too crazy with sweets, here are some great ways to nip this nonsense before it causes your body harm.
- Avoid processed foods. Eating sugar and processed foods are just harmful to your beautiful body. Stop eating processed food.
- Boost your serotonin which is also called your “happiness hormone”. Go for a walk with your Bestie! Both of you will benefit. Higher serotonin levels result in fewer cravings for sweets.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth by using stevia instead of sugar. Just make sure you don’t buy a stevia blend for I see them popping up in the Walmart’s now. Email me if you would like to order stevia, www.goodfigbasket.com/contact. I keep stevia (herb) in stock.
- Always drink plenty of purified water. Your body may be craving sugar because it is dehydrated.
- Keep your blood sugar stable by eating smaller meals throughout the day. Smaller portions can stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce cravings
- It’s a great idea to eat plenty of greens. Kale, Mustard Greens, Collards, Spinach are so good and can increase your energy levels and reduce sugar and processed food cravings
- If you aren’t already eating sea vegetables now is the time to start. Maine Coast Sea vegetables are my absolute favorite, this blend in particular. They are naturally high in minerals, while sugary foods deplete minerals in your body.
- Get hooked on Kombucha and cultured vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi. Always choose plain organic kombucha and raw cultured vegetables. They are probiotic-rich and can be most effective to eliminate sugar cravings.
- It is a great idea to detox your liver periodically so it can start to metabolize fats properly. For one week replace all grains with cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts to clean out your liver. Eat lots of garlic, chives, onions and leeks — because they are full of flavonoids. This should also help with sugar cravings.
- Put cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves on everything. Add to tea, brown rice, cereals, soups, fruits smoothies, oats, or whatever you like. Go easy on the nutmeg and cloves for they are strong! They definitely trick the mind into thinking it’s eating sugar.
- One last thing. Taking a chromium supplement stops sugar cravings. Here is a great brand.
Here are some sweet ideas to help you choose healthier treats.
- Eat Banana Ice cream. Peel and freeze ripe bananas then blend them in your VitaMix. Add cinnamon and chopped almonds. Yummy!
- Eat Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon and Honey
- Make raw Candy Bars – Simply run ½ cup Dates, ½ cup raw almonds, ¼ tsp cinnamon and ⅛ cup raw Honey through your Food Processor. Shape into small bars or balls then roll in raw shredded coconut. So easy, so good.
- Make Teeccino with Organic Almond Milk. Teeccino is a super alternative to coffee. I usually ice mine to make a delicious Coffee Latte! These two flavors are my favorite.
- Eat raw treats. I order these from Thrive Market which is an online membership health food store. Their prices are great and you will save money. They are like Tom’s shoes. When you buy a membership, they also give one to a family that can’t afford healthier foods.
- Drink a smoothie with fresh kale greens and frozen fruit. Add a little cinnamon or nutmeg. Costco has great prices on frozen fruit. Recently I bought the organic cherries. They are happiness in a bag.
- Snack on dried fruit especially dates and prunes. If you have time, soak the fruit before enjoying. It decreases the sugar content and makes it easier to chew. Avoid raisins. They are extremely high in sugar.
- Drink Kombucha is fermented black tea. It takes similar to vinegar. It may take a minute to acquire a taste, but once you do, you’ll be hooked. Look for the plain raw versions.
- Drink Hibiscus Tea with Cinnamon Stick. The FIG Basket has both in stock. Let me know how many ounces you would like and I’ll email you the price.
- Eat a sliced Granny Smith Apple and add raw Almond Butter. Sprinkle with Cinnamon and raw shredded coconut.
My Friend, you are sweet without sugar! You know I love your sour side 🙂 I hope this helps!