How to Fight Sugar Cravings

How to Fight Sugar Cravings
Sugar cravings.  It can’t be that bad, can it? Unless of course one bite isn’t enough and you end up overeating as soon as your taste buds touch that sugary stuff.  If you end up having visions of chocolate bars and you simply can’t focus on anything until you satisfy your sugar craving, you might just be addicted to sugar.  The good news is that there are ways to fight and get rid of sugar cravings without losing your mind or your temper.  Get your gears on and get ready to win your battle against sugar cravings!

Craving versus addiction

You can’t fight a battle you don’t understand.  If you want to know how to get rid of sugar cravings, you have to start by determining if it is something excessive that needs your full attention.  You see, there is nothing wrong with cravings.  If you can indulge and be content in moderation, you are totally fine.  However, if your cravings make you totally cranky and different if left unsatisfied, then you know you have work to do.  If you have that figured out, then move on to the next step.

Have the desire to change

Anything you hope to do or wish for will never really come to life unless you have that kind of desire to make it happen.  Now that you are aware of your need to control and get rid of your sugar cravings before your health goes haywire, you must have a desire to step up and do something about it.  Without a desire to change, you will end up losing this battle you could have easily won.

sugar cravingsKnowledge is power

This may be a cliché, but it is something that is applicable when dealing with sugar craving problems.  Since you are aware of your situation and that you have the desire to do something about it, now is the time to learn about the food you eat and everything that triggers sugar cravings.  The kind of food we have today contains a ton of this and that, and not knowing what you’re putting in your mouth may hurt you in the long run.  Knowledge is one powerful tool you can use.  Learn about sugar, about food contents, about other healthy alternatives for sugar, and about what and what not to eat.  Read labels.  Be inquisitive of the food you eat.  It won’t be easy, especially if you have been so used to just putting food into your mouth.  Plan ahead. 

Put plan into action

Finally, get up and get some work done.  This is the most challenging part.  But if you really want to get rid of your sugar craving, then put everything into action.  Start eating a healthy diet.  Stop relying so much on processed foods.  Start working out.  Stop reaching out for that bag of candies when you feel blue.  Walk it off or take a shower.  Reduce your sugar consumption.  Go for healthier alternatives.  It takes heart and a whole lot of effort for you to win this battle.  But it will all be worth it in the end.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.