If I could imagine a perfect world it would look something like this.
My problems with sugar started when I was young.
Sometimes I feel like my parents did me a disservice by depriving me of sweets when I was growing up. While my childhood BFF got to chow down on Fruit Loops and Lucky Charms every morning, I was presented with a healthy buffet of Shreddies, Cheerios (the plain kind) or Weetabix. Yuck!
So when I had the chance to indulge in sweets, I would indulge HARD. As in I would spend all of my allowance on those marshmellow strawberries at the Sears Candy counter sort of hard. Or i’d eat an entire pan of McCain Deep and Delicious cake kind of hard.
Now that i’m an adult, i’m trying to make better choices when it comes to my diet. I eat a lot of healthy fats like Greek Yogurt and Avocados, I try to eat small meals throughout the day, and of course I drink Bulletproof Coffee in the morning to keep me feeling energized and to fuel my day.
But i’m still one of those people that MUST HAVE something sweet after dinner (and lunch, and sometimes breakfast too). It doesn’t have to be something big or fancy like say…. chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream <drool>, it just needs to be sweet and satisfying, and I must have it to stop my sugar cravings. But, the problem is, most of the time I can’t stop at just one sweet thing and that one little treat turns into 2, then 3…you get my drift.
Why is it so hard to resist sugar cravings?
When we eat foods that contain a lot of sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released in the “reward center” of the brain. Every time we binge on sugar our dopamine receptors “down-regulate” and the effect of eating sugary foods is lessened. So you need to eat more to get the same “high”. Just like nicotine or other drugs, sugar can be highly addictive. Believe me, I quit smoking in my early 20’s and that was hard. Quitting sugar for me is HARDER.
And as far as guilt, keep in mind that sugar is like a drug – it lights up the reward and craving centers in your brain, and you fall into withdrawal when you start to cut it from your diet. You’re not a weak person if you slip up now and then. You’re rewiring your brain to be stronger. It’s a process. Be patient with yourself. – wise words from the Bulletproof Blog
So i’ve read article after article about how to indulge my sweet tooth a “healthier way”. These articles suggested I eat “a small piece of 90% dark chocolate”, or fruit, or a handful of figs, prunes, or some other equally disgusting dried something. And, to these I say – um, no thanks.
In order to satisfy my sweet tooth, my treats have to actually taste good. In a perfect world they would be good for me too, but maybe i’m just dreaming. So how does one indulge in sweet treats that actually taste good and won’t give you tighter jeans, bad skin and a guilty conscience?
Here are some tips on how to reduce your sugar cravings and satisfy your sweet tooth
Change the way you snack
My days are crazy busy – from work, to working out, to driving my kids all over town. So when I get hungry (which is ALL the time) I tend to grab whatever is convenient or nearby, which is usually something sweet and/or full of carbs. Lucky for me, I was sent boxes and boxes of Bulletproof’s Collagen Protein Bars which are not only delicious, but come in the most delectable flavours like fudge brownie, vanilla shortbread and my fave, lemon cookie. I keep a stash of these in my purse and my car so they are on hand when a sugar craving hits!
Eat more healthy fats
Yep, this might sound crazy but eating more HEALTHY fats and less carbs can help reduce sugar cravings. Think more guacamole, nuts and avocados. These high quality fats will keep you feeling fuller for longer and give you sustained energy which helps you resist cravings when they hit. Check out the Bulletproof Cookbook for some great ideas for meals, snacks and desserts!
Change your chocolate
Even though i’m not the biggest dark chocolate fan, I am a fan of chocolate desserts with dark chocolate in them. Bulletproof’s Chocolate Fuel Bars have no added sugar and are packed with healthy fats so use them in your chocolate based recipes as a healthier option! The Bulletproof Cookbook contains several delicious chocolate based dessert recipes and check out these mouth watering recipes my fellow ambassadors have made using Chocolate Fuel Bars – Chocolate Fuel Bar Truffles by Home With Aneta, Chocolate Truffle Pudding by Spaceships and Laserbeams, Chocolate Cherry Smoothie by Honest & Truly, and Chocolate Bark with pistachios, coconut and coffee by Cravings of a Lunatic. I bow down to your culinary awesomeness one and all!
So dear sugar, it’s time to breakup for good – it’s you, not me! Be sure to check out the Bulletproof website for some healthy snack options, or visit them on facebook, instagram and twitter. Be sure to sign up for the Bulletproof newsletter for great articles, podcasts, sales and more!
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