Easy Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

Easy Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

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Now that the holidays are over, it’s a great time to become more mindful of our daily food choices. If you are one of the fortunate ones who can avoid overindulging, this isn’t the post for you… BUT if you are anything at all like me, it’s a good possibility that all of the tempting pastries, cookies and cakes did a number on your will power. I love sweets, not gonna lie. And while I know they aren’t good for me – I can’t seem to resist them. (insert sad face here)

How to Beat Sugar Cravings

Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that have helped me minimize this tricky triangle. And while I’m not completely sugar-free (yet! It’s one of my goals for the new year), I am on the right path.

 

Today’s post is all about how I’m beating my own sugar cravings.

 

Drink more water

Drinking more water has really helped me not take in as much sugar, believe it or not. I have a goal to drink half of my body weight in water daily, and when I do, I have noticed that I tend to make better choices throughout the day when it comes to snacking. I don’t know if it’s the psychological factor that I’m treating my body with more respect, or if the water keeps me fuller, so I don’t want to reach for that cookie, but it works. (note to self: keep drinking!)

A few easy ways to make sure this happens for me is to drink a full glass of water before I start a meal, and drink one full glass of water after I finish eating. When I’m at a restaurant, I try never to let my water glass get empty. Meaning: everytime it gets filled, I have to drink. I also skip ordering a beverage, sticking to water. That’s really helped.

I do keep a glass water bottle on me at all times, too. It’s one that I picked up on Amazon. The reason I love the glass water bottle, is because it feels more luxurious to me than a plastic bottle, it helps me to reduce my impact on the Earth, and I can add essential oils to my water (like peppermint, orange or lemon) without the worry of the essential oil leaching into the plastic.

Walk After Eating

This is something I’ve recently started doing, and it’s helping me stay away from the goodies in the pantry. By taking a quick stroll after eating, I think it’s helping to move the food into the digestive tract, it makes me feel fuller and less bloated, and I don’t want to mess up all the good things I’m doing for my body by binging on those Oreos.

I try to walk for at least 15 minutes after a meal. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. But I can for sure tell when I haven’t walked.

 

Get Rid of the Temptation

OK, so this is an obvious one, or is it? Chances are, you aren’t the only one in your household. And chances are not everyone else is trying to cut out sugar. I get it. That’s how it is in my house. But I can say that by not having the sweets around has been a huge factor in reducing sweet consumption around here. Sure, we still get the occasional want for something sweet, but often that want quickly dissipates when we realize there isn’t anything around to satisfy that want.

If you are in a home where mutiny is declared when you want to dump all the sweets, try using essential oils to help break the habit. By diffusing key oils, you are not only helping yourself, but anyone else in the home who could use a little help *if you have pets, please do your research to see which oils are safe to use around them.

Another way to help beat sugar cravings is to incorporate essential oils into a routine. Essential oils help bring the body back into balance, and this is why they are my personal favorite.

Essential Oils to Get Rid of Sugar Cravings

Let’s take a look at the most effective essential oils to beat sugar cravings and why they’re so good at it:

  • Grapefruit essential oil. Grapefruit is basically the all-in-one sugar kicker. It reduces feelings of hunger, wards off carb and sugar cravings, helps balance your blood sugar, and induces feelings of positivity (which is handy when combating emotional eating). It may even have properties that prevent weight gain (read about it).
  • Cinnamon Bark essential oil. Cinnamon does quite a lot, but in this context we want to use it for its blood sugar balancing  and appetite suppressing properties.
  • Peppermint essential oil. Peppermint also helps with feeling more full. This may just be personal preference on my part, but it also helps promote feelings of clarity and focus. If I’m sugar craving badly, I sometimes find it hard to concentrate, and peppermint helps a lot with that.
  • Dill essential oil. Dill is a powerful essential oil for feeling “full” after a meal. The problem with sugars and carbs is that they make us feel more full compared to, say, a kale salad. Dill makes your healthy meals and snacks feel more satisfying.

If you have to choose between the oils, I recommend grapefruit first and cinnamon bark second. While all of these oils are great, grapefruit and cinnamon pack the biggest punch when trying to kick sugar cravings.

My favorite diffuser blends for sugar cravings

Sugar Cravings Be Gone
  • 3 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
Stop the Cravings
  • 2 drops dill essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

My go-to roller ball method to help stop sugar cravings

In a 10ml roller bottle, add all oils, then add a carrier oil to top of bottle. Apply to bottom of feet. (I like to apply up to 3 times a day when needed).

“Drop the Sugar”
  • 4 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops dill essential oil
“Sugar Cravings Begone” (if peppermint is too strong for you)
  • 4 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops dill essential oil

*Remember that citrus oils can burn the skin if exposed to direct sunlight after application for up to 12 hours. For this reason, I recommend applying to the bottom of feet.

After meal sugar craving buster

One drop of therapeutic grade peppermint oil on palm of hand. Cup hands and cover nose, and inhale. The cupping method is a quick way to get to benefit of the oil without ingesting it.

 

I hope that these tips help you beat sugar cravings. If you  find them helpful, please pass them onto someone else who might need the help.

Have you beat sugar cravings using a different method? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear!