Six ways to fight your sugar cravings!

It may be difficult for you to entirely give up your sweet delights, but by curbing them slowly and steadily, you can overcome the problem for its craving, as a sudden total avoidance of your sweet delicacies can worsen the condition, say experts.

Updated: Nov 10, 2014, 19:05 PM IST

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London: It may be difficult for you to entirely give up your sweet delights, but by curbing them slowly and steadily, you can overcome the problem for its craving, as a sudden total avoidance of your sweet delicacies can worsen the condition, say experts.

Below are experts' tips on how to reduce sugar craving as reported by femalefirst.co.uk:

Give in a little: Denying yourself sweet foods completely can aggravate your sugar cravings and encourage binging. A little of the sweet stuff is fine in moderation and a small serving of your favourite pudding will help satisfy a sweet tooth.

Get enough sleep: According to Martin Budd, naturopath and author of "Why Am I So Exhausted", when we are tired, we often use sugar. So make sure you actually do build in proper sleep.

Get spicy: Try to flavour your food and drinks with vanilla or spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon and cardamom.

Keep moving: Often our little sugar treats especially after a meal are often more a habit or a way of dealing with emotional issues. Before you take a bite, stop and think about why you are doing this and work through that emotion.

Try a detox: According to Max Tuck, author of book “Whole Body Solutions”, introducing lots of greens into the diet, raw and preferably juiced with vegetables such as celery and cucumber, are not only detoxing but help to regulate blood sugar by providing protein and minerals that are responsible for maintenance of blood sugar levels. Likewise, the green leaves provide an excellent source of magnesium, the “stress mineral” that many people are deficient in. Juicing greens provide whole-body benefits.

Avoid nutrient deficiencies: Certain nutrients seem to improve blood sugar control including chromium, vitamin B3 and magnesium. Hence, nutrient deficiencies can make cravings worse, so the fewer nutrient deficiencies, the fewer cravings.

(With Agency inputs)