1.) Drink Water-
Drinking water helps your body to regulate itself in every way. Sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are really just dehydrated. Drink up!
2.) Get Some Sleep-
Do you feel like you consume sugar just to keep yourself going or if you need a pick-me-up? When we are exhausted, our body wants energy. Quick energy comes from glucose (sugar). If you are tired throughout the day, especially in the afternoon, it is a sign of adrenal fatigue. Getting sleep is key to balancing your hormones and your sugar cravings. You may need to plan out your day so that you can get to bed early. Avoid late night eating.
3.) Eat Frequent Balanced Meals- When you let too much time go in between meals, you blood sugar tanks. You body wants to get it's blood sugar back to its normal level. The one thing that brings it up the fastest is simple sugars. Our body won't crave simple sugars if we keep our blood sugar from dipping too low. Eat 5-6 meals each day, spaced about 3 hours apart. Each meal should include protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
4.) Eat a Variety of Whole Grains and Fresh Vegeatables-
Your brain prefers glucose as it's energy source. If you eat a low-carb diet, you end up craving sugar.
Eat grains in the purest form possible. Grains like; buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice, millet, spelt, oats, and sprouted whole grain breads. Try to avoid eating too much processed grains like in prepackaged cereals and crackers, even if the manufacturer says it is "whole grain". Also at least twice a day be sure to eat lots of fresh organic green vegetables.
5.) Talk It Out-
Sometimes you may turn to sweets when you are stressed or are going through an emotional struggle. No amounts of sweets will make you feel better about your circumstances. Instead of turning to sweets; seek out a friend to talk to, take a long walk, try meditation, take a nap, etc.
6.) Limit Your Sugar Intake-
In your food journal, take note of how many grams of sugar you are eating at each meal. For best results, try to limit your sugar intake to 5 grams per meal.