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How to Stop Sugar Cravings Naturally

By Ann Jones

Thge thought of giving up sugar may seem impossible to you. If you can't imagine going a day without a soda, cookie or ice cream, but you're tired of the mood and energy swings you experience when you eat refined sugar, you're not alone. It is possible to eliminate sugar from your diet with careful planning and mindfulness about what you eat. By eating at regular intervals, you can prevent sugar cravings before they happen.

Eat every two to three hours. The key to preventing cravings for sweets is to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day and keep yourself from getting too hungry.

Include protein in every meal, of which there should be five to six per day. A scoop of protein powder, handful of almonds or stick of string cheese is all you need.

Replace white rice, pasta and bread with whole grains such as oats, quinoa, brown rice and barley. Whole grains contain fiber to fill you up and do not cause the dramatic spike in insulin that refined carbohydrates do.

Substitute fruit for refined sugar when you crave something sweet. If you want a cookie, have an apple and wait 15 minutes. Chances are, the cookie craving will go away.

Stop using artificial sweeteners. They are much sweeter than sugar, and they get your taste buds accustomed to very sweet foods. If you must add sweetener to your food, try one with a low glycemic index like agave nectar or raw honey. Other sweeteners that contain essential nutrients and have a lower glycemic index than white sugar are molasses, barley malt and sucanat, available in health food stores.

Drink plenty of water. Aim for 64 ounces per day. Sometimes cravings are a result of thirst. Have a glass of water when you crave sugar, and wait a few minutes to see if the craving goes away.

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