My Top 3 Tips for Killing a Sugar Craving

Written by: Kristin Jekielek

WoolyMammothDogYou’ve been eating Paleo for a couple weeks and you feel great and you plan on eating this way forever and there’s absolutely no reason to cheat EVAR and……then you’re blindsided by an intense sugar craving so strong it could knock over a wooly mammoth.

What do you do?

This is one of the most common questions I get from friends who eat Paleo. How you deal with sugar cravings will require a little experimentation. You should try each of these methods to see which one curbs your cravings best.

My Top 3 Tips for Killing a Sugar Craving

Drink lots of water or herbal tea with lemon

  • Filling up your belly and rehydrating can work wonders on any type of food craving, and the bitter/sour flavor of the lemon is the best at eliminating a sweet tooth. This also works with limes.

Fill your stomach with healthy fat

  • If what you really need is more calories, healthy fats are satiating craving killers. Try an avocado, a few spoonfuls of coconut butter, or a cup of canned coconut milk mixed with cinnamon.

Eat something starchy

  • Your body may be screaming out for more starches (this definitely doesn’t apply to everyone – know your safe starch tolerance). Cook up some sweet potato, acorn squash, or green plantains for a healthy, blood sugar stabilizing dose of carbohydrates.

Whatever you do, do not use this as an excuse for a cheat. Eating sugar right now will only reinforce your sugar cravings and lead to more later on! It’s a slippery slope that leads to the need for temporary sugar detox diets.

Instead, we want to focus on sustainable, long-term habits that benefit your health.

What’s your favorite way to slay the evil sugar craving? Share it in the comments below!

 

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Rhonda Buerge

2013-04-16

My husband has been eating dates. Is this ok? He has lost 20lbs in the last 6 weeks and he has been doing amazing otherwise. He has pretty much kicked his major carb addiction for bread and things like chips. He is also regularly using the treadmill which he never has done before.
Thanks!

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Jen Agles

2013-04-16

Herbal tea is a good one but often I cave and so for the sugar by grabbing an banana or an apple - i figure it is still healthier than going for chocolate!

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2013-04-16

Ha,ha! On day 22 of my 30 day Paleo Challenge, I was out of town for a seminar. I had even found Paleo restaraunts on line for that town and went there. I didn't really have a craving so to speak but something made me buy a Snicker's BAR and I ate the whole thing mindlessly -- the next morning WAM~ Whoa! What a fun lesson! I really find the good fat full feeling keeps me awesome all day every day. I'm just so happy with this diet. Thank you for this post!

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Randi

2013-04-16

I've always heard that starches are converted to sugar in your body so that eating more starch is the same as eating sugar. So doesn't eating starchy anything defeat the purpose?

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Reid Boehm

2013-04-16

Coconut butter or sunflower seed butter (usually eat with carrots) takes that craving away every time for me.

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Barbara

2013-04-16

Eat a grapefruit. It helps me. I sometimes will eat a few dates as well, but lately its been grapefruit :)

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2013-04-17

Hi Rhonda -
Eating dates can perpetuate sugar cravings because they're have a lot of simple sugars in them. However, in your husband's case, it sounds like he's making a lot of changes at once. Sometimes it can be best to indulge in "better" sugary choices like dried dates. Since he's lost that much weight (and assuming he feels great), he's probably great with what he's been doing :) It's always about finding what works best for you!

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2013-04-17

Hi Randi -
Starches are different than eating sugars because of the time it takes to digest them. Starches are much slower to digest than sugars, so blood sugar levels rise at a much slower pace when eating starches than when eating sugars. This helps your body maintain a healthy blood sugar level, thereby avoiding the spikes and energy crashes often seen with eating too much sugar.

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2013-04-17

Barbara - I find that grapefruits work great for me, too! I didn't include them here because almost everyone I know says grapefruits are too sour to eat alone, but I love them.

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