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14 Ways to Curb Post-Meal Sugar Craving

It’s happens with most of us that out of reflex we start hunting for something sweet after every meal. So what could be the reason behind these sugar cravings, this urge to end a meal with sweets.

Well, post meal, the main function of the body, which takes up majority of energy, is digestion.

And because digestion takes so much energy, the body craves an energy spike which it gets in the form of sugar. Sugar forms a source of quick energy.

Here are 14 ways that you can abate those sugar cravings:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Also, drinking water before meals may reduce craving and appetite, as well as help with weight loss.
  2. Eat small frequent meals. Don’t starve yourself. Try to prevent yourself from becoming too hungry between meal.
  3. Include leafy green vegetables, whole grains (such as quinoa, brown rice and millet) instead of simple carbs.
  4. Eat lean protein, lean chicken, low fat yogurt, fish, etc and also include healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, fish, flax seeds, etc can help keep your sugar cravings at bay.
  5. Keep fruit handy for when sugar cravings hit. You’ll get fiber and nutrients along with some sweetness. You can also stock up on other healthy foods like low-fat yogurt, hummus is made with chickpeas/ garlic/ olive oil with vegetables, berries, nuts, seeds like chia seeds/ flax seeds, and dried fruits.
  6. Avoid artificial sweeteners.
  7. Exercise daily for 30 – 45 mins at least. Walking/ jogging /running can help you reduce your cravings.
  8. Manage your stress. Try yoga.
  9. Sleep well. Getting proper, refreshing sleep is important for overall health and may help prevent cravings.
  10. Avoid processed, sugary, fried and junk food.
  11. Avoid aerated drinks.
  12. Reduce caffeine intake.
  13. Quite smoking.
  14. Avoid alcohol.

Author: Bhavesh Acharya, Co-founder Of Global Homeopathy
Source: Practo

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