How to control cravings for sweets?

You can apply the following recommendations under the assumption that you do not require any special diet and that your health allows you to eat all the food groups. Choose at will from this what your doctor, dietician or your wellbeing allows you to eat.

✔ Eat plant-based food and chew it for a long time becomes. It will then become sweet.

  • Cereals
  • Legumes
  • Vegetables

✔ Eat sweet vegetables

  • Beetroot
  • Sweet artichokes
  • Carrots – very effective in reducing sugar cravings
  • Pumpkins
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Parsnips

✔ Use sprouts, microalgae (spirulina, chlorella, blue-green algae)
✔ If you eat meat, fish and cheese (they also increase sugar cravings), include in your diet for balance

  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes (do not combine with meat)
  • Wheat or barley grass
  • Fruit (do not combine with meat)

✔ For sweetening, use

  • Fruit
  • Fruit juices (preferably “self-made”)
  • Rice syrup
  • Barley malt
  • Stevia
  • Xylitol
  • Unrefined cane sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses

✔ And in addition:

  • Eat slowly
  • Diversify your food with vegetables
  • Get moving. Go for a walk, cycle or rollerblade
  • Learn to make healthy sweets (lots of recipes on the internet)

✔ When you reach for a sweet, pause for reflection

  1. “Why at this very moment?”
  2. “Am I sweetening sadness, stress, anxiety, lack of love?”
  3. “Do I feel tiredness, anxiety?”
  4. “Or do I feel simple hunger and time for a healthy meal instead of a biscuit?”
  5. “Is it habitual – you sit down in front of the TV and … ?”

✖Limit salty products. They increase cravings for the sweet taste.
✖Avoid processed foods, there is often sugar and sweeteners in them. They are added to bread, breakfast cereals, salad dressings, soups, salads, cold cuts, canned foods or bottled drinks. Read labels.
You can read more about the effects of sugar here.

NOTE: To quickly reduce your craving for sweets – eat something sour, bitter or spicy.

Compiled from the book “Nutrition for Health” by Paul Pitchford
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