Are you constantly craving something sweet, even if you’ve just filled up on sugary snacks? If you find yourself seeking out soda, candy and treats even when you know you shouldn’t, you may be suffering from a sugar addiction.
Sugar addiction is a real thing, especially for teens who are surrounded by sugar-filled snacks and treats on the daily. Sugar-addicted teens often face a whole host of negative effects, such as weight gain, increased blood pressure, moodiness and skin issues. For those who are struggling with a sugar addiction and looking for a way out, try following these helpful tips.
1. Choose Natural Sugars Over Refined Sugars
Natural sugars such as fructose, which is found in fruits, will help satisfy a sugar craving while giving your body an extra boost of nutrients. The body metabolizes and processes fructose differently than it processes refined sugar, so it will keep you feeling satisfied for longer.
2. Don’t Stock the Pantry With Sugary Snacks
As the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” If you don’t have easy access to sweet treats, you’re less likely to eat them. It’s much easier to binge on sugar if you have candy and cookies on hand, so make your house a sugar-free zone. Although it won’t take away your craving altogether, it will help prevent an impulsive relapse.
3. Identify Your Triggers
Do you find yourself craving sugar at certain times rather than others? Does a lack of sleep or a hard day at work make you want to reach for a sugar fix? Try finding out what triggers your sugar cravings; by identifying the patterns, you can find other ways to cope with your triggers that don’t involve eating, such as counseling, meditation or exercise.
4. Ditch the Artificial Sweeteners
While diet soda and sugar-free candy may seem like a good way to help you kick your sugar addiction to the curb, artificial sweeteners do you more harm than good. Stevia, aspartame and sucralose are up to 200 times sweeter than sugar itself and they may cause you to further crave sweet, unhealthy foods.
5. Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals
Instead of eating three big meals a day, try eating six smaller, healthy meals every few hours. This will help keep your blood sugar levels stable, which in turn will help reduce sugar cravings caused by low blood sugar.
6. Pack Your Own Healthy Snacks or Lunches
It’s easy to binge on sugar when you’re hungry at school or work and the vending machine is calling your name. To help you avoid temptation, pack your own healthy lunches and snacks before going to work. Not only will it help prevent a sugar binge, but it will save you money as well.
With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to living a healthier, less sugary life. Your body, mind and wallet will thank you!
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