My name is Hanssie, and I am addicted to sugar. It’s a problem as I’ve been trying to lose the baby weight (my “baby” is 11 years old this year). It took ten years and finally, finally, I got motivated enough to work on toning up my belly thanks to a work wide ab challenge. One thing I knew I had to conquer was my insatiable sweet tooth. Now, a few months after I WON the challenge, I can’t say that I’ve conquered the sweet tooth, but I’ve cut out a lot of it, and I’ve dropped 8+% body fat since.
I found a few very simple alternatives that helped when the cravings were really intense (note that I said helped, not cured, because there’s nothing like willpower and motivation to beat sugar once and for all) and they somewhat tricked my brain into thinking that it was getting what it wanted – for the most part. They are super simple ideas since no one wants to cook or think when the sugar monster rears its ugly head.
Here are my three go-to snacks to help curb sugar cravings:
1. Frozen Grapes
Simply pop a bag of washed and de-stemmed grapes (I love green grapes the most) into the freezer. It takes a while for them to totally freeze, but when they do, it’s like candy. Don’t eat too many though, as grapes still have a lot of natural sugar in them.
2. Lemon Water With Stevia
This tip is from my nutritionist (a former sugar addict herself) and the best part is that it’s fat burning.
- 1/2 Cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 Cups water
- 2-3 dropper full of Sweet Drops Berry Flavored Stevia
- Serve over ice
I put it in a wine glass and pretend it’s a cocktail. It sounds silly, but it kind of works.
3. Protein Pops
I take my favorite protein and mix it with unsweetened vanilla coconut milk, add some natural almond butter and mix it in the Blendtec. I pour the mix into popsicle molds and voila, chocolate popsicle treats.
Bonus Tip: I’ve found that if I give in to my sweet tooth (even for a cheat meal), I crave it so much more. So, for cheat meals, I try (keyword TRY) to limit what I have in regards to sugar, without denying myself too much pleasure.
Fellow sugar lovers, Good luck with your battle. Do you have any tips to help you curb your sugar cravings?