Beat Your Sugar Cravings with these 9 Herbal Tips

Defeat the Sweet Tooth Monster with these 9 practical tips.

| January/February 2005

  • Eat four small, healthy meals throughout the day to stave off the desire for sugar.
  • For the calories of these two cookies, you could eat 2 cups of strawberries.
  • Poached pears are a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

You’ve decided to adopt a super-nutritious, whole-foods diet. You’ve cleaned out your cupboards. You’ve revamped your refrigerator and pantry, and donated all the refined, processed, artificial and sugary products to a food bank.

You’ve stocked up on fresh, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables, refreshed your herb and spice racks, replaced refined grains with whole grains and have swapped commercial animal products for organic and grass-fed versions. You’re primed for success.

But wait — you’re missing a critical ingredient! To create your own success story, you need sound strategies for dealing with the demon that destroys most diets — the sinister Sweet Tooth Monster! To vanquish the monster and its dark desires, you need to understand what makes your body call out for sugary comfort foods and what you can do differently in the new year.

1. Problem: Irregular or missed meals.

Skipping meals or eating on an unpredictable schedule catapults your body into a state of starvation, depriving your brain and body of fuel. This sets you up to crave starchy or sugary foods for energy.

Solution: Eat at regular intervals throughout the day.

3/30/2016 5:41:05 AM

This is a great post. I've been addicted to sugar since I was 12 and Im2 now 31 and still addicted. I will definitely try these tips out and hopefully be on my way to recovery.

Margot Mccormack
1/2/2013 3:36:39 AM

'too much salt' is always mentioned in every diet plan. Perhaps all the margarines and butters in this country should be salt free like in Europe. When I was baby sitting for the military in my native Germany I demanded sweet butter for breakfast when I had to stay over night. My first agenda, after arriving here for good was to find salt-free fats, and to this day, 40+ yrs later I am avoiding salted butter. Why do famous chefs use and recommend salt-free butter?!? And stop serving bread and butter with every MEAL, that will cut out a few calories right away.

Larry Lee
1/1/2013 3:25:41 PM

I have found that eating about 350 calories every 3 hours keeps me out of the cravings as long as I limit carbs to 25 grams per meal. I distinguish good carbs from bad just as with oils & fats. Good carbs can go up to 50-75 grams per meal.

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