There is nothing wrong with indulging with sweets every once in a while – the problem comes when we overconsume.

Unfortunately, it’s too easy to overdo the sugar intake because sugar is added to many every day processed foods, including breads, yogurt, juices, and sauces. According to the American Heart Association, the average American eats around 22 teaspoons of added sugars per day – the recommended daily allowance is about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men! This makes limiting sugary snacks very important in order to maintain a balanced diet.

Tame Your Sugar Cravings

Unfortunately all the sugar that we eat from day to day leaves us craving more. Follow these tips to help find balance:

Treat yourself – a little! Eat a bit of what you’re craving, maybe a small cookie or a fun-size candy bar. Dark chocolate is an even better choice – packed with antioxidants, it’s been shown to actually improve health and lower the risk of heart disease! Savoring just a little of your favorite treat can help you avoid that feeling of being denied. Remember, the key is to not overdo it, try to stick to a 150-calorie threshold.

Eat regularly. Regular small meals every three hours can help stabilize your blood sugar and stave off cravings. Waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that cut your hunger.

Take a walk. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. It is easy for your mind to fixate on one thing as you remain still, but changing the scenery will help take your mind off the food you’re craving. After a few minutes, your craving should subside.

The most important tip we can give is to go easy on yourself. There will be times that it will be difficult to curb cravings and you may overindulge. It will take time to get a handle on your sugar cravings. As long as you stick to it and progressively decrease your sugar intake, cravings should be easier to conquer over time.

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