5 Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings

5 Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings

Sugar was my thing for years. Everything else was EASY to let go of or have less of in my life..but sugar..well that was my thing. If you opened my purse you would probably at a time find some Swedish Fish or Vegan Gummy Bears..you would also find me driving from LA to OC with a deal of I can eat as many gummy bears as I want until I pull into my neighborhood..

Which of course meant I was shoveling gummy bears and swedish fish in my mouth to get that high, handle my crazy headaches and exhaustion..

I talk a lot about beating sugar cravings because I know it is a struggle..it is a REAL struggle..one that even the healthiest person can’t fight..

Sugar can be one of those things where just 1 gummy bear sets you off..or just 1 bite of a twizzler gets the best of you and it is because sugar sends feel good messages to our brains. If we are experiencing hormonal twists and turns, a crappy day, a client who drives us nuts or lack of sleep that quick burst of sugar rids of those feelings.

So how can you let go..or maybe the question is how can you balance a little sugar now and then without binging or triggering a cycle..

I have made it possible for myself to have a frozen yogurt, which is fat free meaning loaded with sugar, with some of my favorite candies once a week or every other week without loosing it. If I can do it, anyone can but I want to share with you what I did before I got to this point. As you all know, I am not one to deprive myself  and I want you to create healthy habits and not deprive yourself either but I will have to give you a little tough love for at least 30 days before you can get to the point of enjoying a treat every week or so.

Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings

  • Eat Something Nourishing: Sometimes our bodies crave quick energy because either you didn’t get enough sleep, you don’t fuel yourself enough post workout, you don’t eat enough protein or you don’t consume enough healthy fats. The next time you crave and have to have to have that sugar, think to yourself what have I eaten today, did I get enough sleep last night? If you feel like you haven’t eating enough try some cashews or some coconut butter to give your body some nourishment, I also love a cup of bone broth with pink sea salt, this really stops all cravings and is SO soothing to our bodies! Nourish your body for the better!

5 Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings

  • Drink Tea: If you have been reading my blog for awhile, I became obsessed with tea when I was leaving sugar in the dust. It really became a ritual for me, conquered all my cravings and gave me that after dinner dessert without ever feeling deprived. I remember being in LA at a famous steakhouse on Sunset and everyone was ordering desserts and I ordered chocolate mint caramel tea! I will never forget the look on my friends face when she tried it, she told it was better then the dessert! The tea’s they have available now make it EASY to find a new caffeine free treat. I love Tazo Passion Fruit Tea, Trader Joe’s Green Candy Cane Tea (seasonal) and Chocolate Gypsy Tea. Don’t those sound delicious?
  • Remind Yourself of Why: Once you decide, you commit and once you commit it is GAME ON! Commit to this, go out and buy yourself some herbal tea, get a tongue scraper and get rid of the junk in your pantry and desk drawers. This stuff doesn’t serve you and will just be temptations you don’t need for at least 30 days. Like I mentioned above, all you need is a committed 30 days! When it gets tough, remind yourself of WHY you are committing to this. Think of the why, your goal and keep with it!

5 Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings

  • Define Your Habit and Switch to a New One: Realize WHEN you are eating sugar..this is HUGE. Do you run for the candy jar after completing a blog post as a celebratory treat, do you find yourself digging in your pantry after a deal doesn’t go through..it is important to identity when you reach for the sugar so that you can make a conscious decision to reach for something else instead. For myself, I reached for a journal, sugar was comforting to me and I used it to comfort any emotional pain I was feeling. You could also pull up your favorite blog, text a friend some funny emoji’s or watch quirky youtube videos. Find another habit to fulfill your old habit and you will be successful in dumping sugar for good.

5 Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings

  • Tongue Scraping: Tongue scraping is the one thing I credit loosing my addiction to sugar too.  Our tongues have little receptors on them that determine tastes, sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory. Since our tongues are the first things to taste, our bodies decide how to digest accordingly, the brain is sent signals and the body does the rest. Scraping your tongue removes build up, kind of like a detox which in turn increases your taste reception causing you to crave less, eat less and really connect mindfully with the food you are eating. I used my scraper for about 3 months everyday in the morning, in the afternoon and if I happened to eat something sweet. It is pretty simple to use and if you guys would like me to show you, comment below and I will!

5 Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings

I hope you found this article helpful, this is exactly what I did to let go of sugar in my life. My cravings have subsided and I am now at a point in my life where I can enjoy a treat now and then without guilt, without fear and without a binge cycle.

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So I wanna know..

  • Have you tried Tongue scraping before? I am thinking of doing a whole post dedicated to it but let me know!

 

  • debbie_savage

    Wow, I needed this read! The tongue scraper! I am willing to try anything! Yes, please provide a whole post! I am heading over to Amazon right now to buy it! Thank you!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

    • you got it Debbie! It literally is the best thing! It is an Ayurvedic technique and one that I LOVE!

  • Anna Elizabeth Events

    I’ve never heard the thing about the tongue scraper, that’s so interesting! I might have to give it a try this year. Thanks for sharing, babe!

    xo Anna Elizabeth
    http://www.annaelizabethevents.com

    • I’m so writing a post about this thanks for stopping by Anna I hope you try it let me know how you like it xo

  • Leah Lowe

    I have a HUGE sweet tooth and this post was so helpful!!

    x – Leah
    http://www.ellemaebloom.com

    • I’m so happy this post helped you Leah! I was a sweet addict forever I’m so happy I found peace with sugar I hope you try some of these tips!!

  • God I needed to read this! I swear sugar is the death of me, I absolutely love it! Will try out these tips 🙂

    • Let me know how you like them Audrey the tea is an easy change and a serious game changer!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Oh gosh, sugar is a weakness of mine especially when I decide to stay away from carbohydrates. I’m working on the Paleo diet this year! Its how my body responds the best. I need to sell some of these tips!!!! I’m also trying to lose about 15 pounds so I know sugar is a main culprit! Loved this post thank you for sharing!

    • For sure get rid of sugar and the weight will fall off! You go girl I’m rooting for you! If you ever need some tips feel free to reach out to me I’m happy to help a fellow SC sister!!

  • Megan Sullivan

    oh my God, I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. I eat sugar 24/7! This post could not have come at a better time!! I’m going to go buy some tea today!

    • I’m so happy this post helps you Megan! I’m with you it took me some solid time and effort and even some headaches but it was all worth it in the end!!

  • I’ve never heard of a tongue scraper before. Will have to look into that. This is something I really struggle with.

    XO,

    Allie

    https://alliesfashionalley.com/2016/12/giveaway-too-faced-christmas-in-new-york-palette/

  • Jamie

    I am with you on this! I am addicted to sugar, it’s so bad!
    I have been drinking tea at night as opposed to opting for a scoop of ice cream and that’s been such a help!

    xx, Jamie
    theblonderlife.com

    • Tea is amazingyou have to try the holiday Trader Joe’s teas they are so good my best friend and I stock up every year!!

  • Looks like we’re all thrown off about the tongue scraper! I have mostly conquered my sweet tooth but i struggle with my elderly parents who cannot seem to kick it, despite the fact that their health is suffering partially due to years of dietary neglect. I’m tempted to share this but it would just be yet another reminder at this point. Anyone have luck with encouraging parents to improve their diet?

    • Hey there! Haha yes it’s a random one but Ayurvedic medicine where I pulled this technique from taught me a lot about it so it’s a useful technique for sure! As far as your parents, I suggest showing them the documentary Food Matters on Netflix its life changing for most people and shows educational facts about healthy eating! Let me know if that works!!

  • My Mom had a tongue scraper back in the day!! She used to SWEAR by it. I love your tips – you’re always so helpful and have the best advice! Love ya girly!! XO

  • This is such a helpful post! Sugar is my biggest weakness too. I find eating an apple seems to help curb the craving. I’ve never tried the tongue scraper but I need to look into this!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

    • Yes look into it, its the BEST ever, I really love the thing and it helped me out a lot!!

      Thanks for coming by April!!!

  • Vanessa Moore

    I love this! I’ll need to try the tongue scraping for sure.

    Vanessa | http://www.vanessarenae.com

  • I ran to read this and so happy I did tongue scrapping helps I had no clue!
    I can not wait to try it.

    Life is just Rosie
    Instagram

  • I have that tea from Trader Joe’s, too! So good! These are such great tips!

    Jamie
    Treats and Trends

    • OMG YES is it not THE BEST tea! I buy the candy cane one every year but this was like NEXT LEVEL!

  • Amber Marie Werner

    I love this post because I am a total sugar junkie with a sweet tooth. I have to try tongue scraping! Can’t wait to try that. Your posts always motivate me!
    Xoxo Amber

    • Thank you Amber! So happy you like my blog 😉 I was too I totally get it, try the tongue scraping out best thing ever!

  • Kristin Kruse

    Where can I get that tongue scraper!? Want to start that immediately! I love how you broke down the WHYs of why we end up craving, or at least think we’re craving, sugars. I feel like once we understand exactly why we think we need it then it’s so much easier to combat. And girrrrrrrrl, I feel the Swedish Fish obsession 😉

    xox,
    Kristin

    • EXACTLY! I wrote this post because many people ask me and don’t realize this was one of my biggest hurdles, the vegetables and working out were easy it was THIS because one always turned into more and that feeling of sugar high was what got me! You can buy one on amazon just type in tongue scraper or you can pick one up at whole foods!

  • Dayna Reyna

    Oh my goodness, tongue scraping seems like such an awesome hack! Thanks for sharing these reasons and tips girl! xo Dayna // daysbyday.com

  • Jenna at Boston Chic Party

    Thanks for the tips Courtney! I had a headache the last few days after cutting out processed sugars- I definitely had way too much over the holidays! From one sugar addict to another, thanks for the help 🙂
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    • UGH! Yes girl take a breathe, I had those nasty headaches, I know the deal! I suggest having some berries, a little sugar like that will help subside those headaches at least for a little while then I suggest 0 or little fruit that way you really cleanse that palette!

  • Amanda Pamblanco

    Tonque scraping to beat sugar cravings?! Waaaaa? I’m going to have to try this! Thanks for the tip Courtney!

    xx,
    amanda
    http://www.thegirlfromvegas.com

  • Gisel Luna

    Huh, who would have known tongue scraping would help with sugar cravings? Getting one NOW!

    Gisel // http://www.mintandthrift.com

    • You have to its the best thing ever and SO simple to use I am going to make a video for another post 😉 xo C

  • Stephanie

    Wow this post has blown my mind! Tongue scraper? Wow! I’m loving the fact that tea can help with the cravings…I am tea OBSESSED but should start to look at more of the dessert teas to help. Thanks for all the tips gf xx

    Sincerely,
    Steph

    http://www.dashingdoyle.blogspot.ca

    • you got it Steph, I will have a post dedicated to tongue scraping so check back for that!! YES tea is the BEST thing ever, stock up on the trader joes one I have photographed its the BEST!

  • Great post, Courtney!!! I TOTALLY get the whole “eating how many I want until I pull into my neighborhood” deal. It would totally feel like negative cals and sugar. Totally intrigued by tongue scraping! I will def give it a go. Tea has changed my LIFE as you know but it seriously was a dessert game changer! cant ready to werk all week! x

    • yes OMG it was SO me, I love being able to open up and be honest on here!! YES tea is the BEES knees I LOVE it so much!! <3 <3 I will share a whole post on tongue scraping!

  • Christie Moeller

    Interested yet terrified by the Tongue scraping.. want to hear more!

    http://icanstyleu.com/blog/

    • ow girl don’t worry I am doing an entire post dedicated to it with a video 😉 I got you!

  • OW those are the best I love toasted coconut chips!