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How to Stop Sugar Cravings Naturally

author image Ann Jones
Ann Jones has been writing since 1998. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her journalistic work can be found in major magazines and newspapers. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.
How to Stop Sugar Cravings Naturally
Desserts contain high amounts of sugar. Photo Credit: Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images

Thge thought of giving up sugar may seem impossible to you. If you can't imagine going a day without a soda, cookie or ice cream, but you're tired of the mood and energy swings you experience when you eat refined sugar, you're not alone. It is possible to eliminate sugar from your diet with careful planning and mindfulness about what you eat. By eating at regular intervals, you can prevent sugar cravings before they happen.

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Step 1

Eat every few hours.
Eat every few hours. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Eat every two to three hours. The key to preventing cravings for sweets is to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day and keep yourself from getting too hungry.

Step 2

Eat almonds for protein.
Eat almonds for protein. Photo Credit: FRANCISCO JAVIER HERRERO ISLA/iStock/Getty Images

Include protein in every meal, of which there should be five to six per day. A scoop of protein powder, handful of almonds or stick of string cheese is all you need.

Step 3

Replace white rice with brown rice.
Replace white rice with brown rice. Photo Credit: Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images

Replace white rice, pasta and bread with whole grains such as oats, quinoa, brown rice and barley. Whole grains contain fiber to fill you up and do not cause the dramatic spike in insulin that refined carbohydrates do.

Step 4

Eat fruit when craving sugar.
Eat fruit when craving sugar. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Substitute fruit for refined sugar when you crave something sweet. If you want a cookie, have an apple and wait 15 minutes. Chances are, the cookie craving will go away.

Step 5

Use molasses.
Use molasses. Photo Credit: Image Source White/Image Source/Getty Images

Stop using artificial sweeteners. They are much sweeter than sugar, and they get your taste buds accustomed to very sweet foods. If you must add sweetener to your food, try one with a low glycemic index like agave nectar or raw honey. Other sweeteners that contain essential nutrients and have a lower glycemic index than white sugar are molasses, barley malt and sucanat, available in health food stores.

Step 6

Drink water.
Drink water. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Drink plenty of water. Aim for 64 ounces per day. Sometimes cravings are a result of thirst. Have a glass of water when you crave sugar, and wait a few minutes to see if the craving goes away.

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