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Outsmart Sugar Cravings

Outsmart sugar cravings by eating small meals regularly to prevent blood sugar swings. For weak moments, keep fruit on hand.

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Got a sweet tooth with a mind of its own? It doesn’t have to rule your food choices. One way to keep sugar cravings in check is to eat small, regularly spaced meals or snacks to prevent hunger, irritability and uncontrolled urges for a quick sugar fix. Those snacks should contain protein, healthy fat and fiber to keep your energy level steady throughout the day: Think peanut butter on a whole-wheat pita or celery; hummus and vegetables; dried fruit and nuts; or grapes and walnuts. Remember to keep temptations like cookies or candy out of reach (and maybe out of your home or office completely). You’ll have an easier time making healthy choices. For those moments when your craving just won’t be satisfied, choose quality over quantity. A luxurious piece of dark chocolate is healthy and rich enough to hit the spot. Eat it slowly and savor it. Believe it or not, you’ll derive more pleasure from eating a small piece of chocolate than eating an entire bar.

source: the Cleveland Clinic Daily Wellness site

 

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Stay Away from the Market when you’re Hungry…

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If you need to stop by the market on your way home from work, eat a healthful snack first to avoid splurging on high-calorie items.
Dropping by the grocery store on your way home from work? Here’s why that could make it harder for you to maintain a healthy diet: Research shows that even short-term food deprivation (like the hours between lunch and quitting time) is enough to make you buy nutritionally bankrupt food. A better time to shop: after you’ve already eaten. If you know you’re stopping by the market on your way home, be sure to have a healthful snack first. Keep a small fruit bowl on your desk, or stock some nuts, sunflower seeds and dried fruit in your drawer. Other good choices to keep in the office fridge: baby carrots, hummus, no-fat string cheese and no sugar added Greek yogurt.

 

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