Tips for Curbing Sugar Cravings
At our gastric sleeve/sleeve gastrectomy surgery practice we know the Holidays are a tough time to stay away from sugar and sweet desserts. It is normal to celebrate and enjoy but for our gastric sleeve patients we always like to give many tips to help them for their road to their celebrated health and weight loss.
- Try to avoid artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners can be 300x (if not more) sweetener than real sugar. And while they may be calorie free, they really can mess with your palette. They basically bombard our tastebuds with such an over the tops sweetness, it can be very difficult to then appreciate the subtle, real flavors and sweetness in whole food. In the long run they have you wanting more and more sugar, and that my friends is counter productive.
- Rest. When the body is tired it looks for energy (it is trying to do us a favor) and it knows the the quickest way for energy to get into the body is via sugar. Ever notice that when you are tired you crave processed carbs and/or sweets? This is why. The next time you feel like you need to rest, do yourself a favor and rest.
- Add more sweet food. This one is especially true for my dieters and low carb peeps. When we have a diet very low in carbohydrates and sugar we tend to want sweets. By simply adding some nutritious sweet foods to your day you can cut that craving way back. Some great examples are sweet potatoes, squash, brown rice, oats, and carrots. An idea of a yummy snack might be carob chips and coconut with nuts mix.
- Protein. If you find yourself craving sugar, just take note of how much protein you have been eating. If it seems high, try cutting back. If it seems low, experiment with adding some more in. I’m telling you, being interested in ourselves is one of the best ways to figure out what our bodies need.
- Add non-food sweetness. It can be a simple as a phone call with a dear friend, a walk, a girls night out, a great book, etc. The options are endless, but the key component is that you remember to keep yourself on the top of your own list.
Our gastric sleeve surgery practice wishes everyone a happy holiday season and use tips like those above along with the warmth and support of family and friends to hold on indulgences. We are always here at our weight loss surgery/gastric sleeve surgery support groups so give us a call if you have any questions.