1. Drink plenty of water. Sometimes when you feel hungry or you have a craving, you are actually dehydrated. Drink 8 oz. of water and see if your craving goes away.
2. Eat regularly, every 2-3 hours. This will help in a couple of ways. It will keep your blood sugar levels steadier, and it helps you plan and eat healthy snacks rather than a sugary one from the vending machine.
3. Eat plenty of fiber. High fiber foods take longer to digest, resulting in less of a blood sugar spike. They also take longer to eat and are more filling so you are less likely to overeat. For example, compare a fresh orange and a glass of orange juice. The orange juice is liquid sugar, requiring very little digestion, and is gone in a few seconds, making it easier to consume more sugar and calories than you need.
4. Get plenty of sleep. When you are tired and stressed, your body will crave energy in the form of sugar. This is your brain sending you mixed messages. When you are well rested you make better decisions.
5. Exercise. It will help balance your blood sugar levels, boost your energy, and reduce tension without sugar.
6. Use artificial sweeteners…sparingly. Whether the sweeteners are natural or artificial, they have the same effect on your blood sugar levels and in your body.
7. Avoid fat-free or low-fat packaged foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavor and fat, which will send you back on the roller-coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.
8. Eat sweet vegetables. Incorporate sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, beets and cabbage into your meals and snacks. These foods are rich in nutrients and their natural sweetness may help curb your cravings.
9. Eat fruit. This is nature’s candy for a reason. A healthy snack with a little sweetness may satisfy your craving.
10. Spice-up your food. Using spices such as coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.