Cutting sugar from your diet isn’t easy. Cravings kick hard and can be difficult to ignore. Further, it’s lurking in several products that you may never suspect.
Although it might be difficult, limiting sugar is an essential component of good health. And if you’re trying to control blood sugar or battling a condition like heart disease or diabetes, it’s essential.
Cutting sugar cold-turkey is nearly impossible. The reason is that added sugars take sweetness to a level that cannot be matched by natural foods. So, regardless of the “sweet foods” you eat, it seems like the sensation you seek is unreachable.
Artificial sweeteners can make it even harder. These products are often significantly sweeter than sugar and can make cravings even harder to kick.
Instead, try cutting sugar incrementally. Cut out products with added sugars that don’t taste sweet. Next, try cutting back on the amount of sugar you add to coffee or tea or the amount of soda you drink each day.
Over time, your tastebuds will adjust, and naturally sweet foods, like apples, berries, and even plain yogurt can hit you with the sweetness you’re looking for.
Here is a list of some naturally sweet foods than can help manage blood sugar, reduce the risk of illness, and add some healthful sweetness to your diet:
- Dark chocolate (in small servings)
- Chia seeds (for chia pudding)
- Uncandid nuts
- Sweet potato
- Plain yogurt (with nuts/nut butter/berries)
- Flavored whey protein (usually has artificial sweetener, but does have plenty of nutritional value to help with a craving)
- Chewing gum
Each of these items is naturally sweet and can help you get over a craving. Remember to give your tastebuds time to recalibrate because these items are much less sweet than straight sugar or other sweeteners.
Give yourself a couple of weeks to adjust: a small sacrifice for a much healthier future.