Once I started my workout routine back in January I made a decision not to eat any sugar. Why? Because if I allowed myself to have it once then I knew I would crave it again and fall off track. Now, what I mean by sugar is no ice cream, cookies, cake, sodas, etc. I did give in once and had 6 Samoa cookies about a month ago. I could have eaten the whole box! Sure enough the next day my body craved those damn cookies again and then I started craving ice cream. I was so mad at myself. Nothing worse than craving something that is horrible for you and knowing how hard you have to work to get that little bit off. Now, I’m not trying to deprive myself. I set goals once I had my baby and it’s my responsibility to follow them if I want to succeed and get down to my pre-pregnancy weight.
The taste of sugar also releases endorphins that calm and relax us, and offer a natural “high.” Sweets just taste good, too. And that preference gets reinforced by rewarding ourselves with sweet treats, which can make you crave it even more. With all that being said, why wouldn’t we crave sugar? The problem comes along when we over indulge or over-consume especially because sugar is in so many processed foods….breads, yogurt, juices and sauces.
You can stop cravings by grabbing some fruit, grab a piece of gum, eat regularly without skipping meals so you aren’t overly hungry (most ppl tend to give in to cravings when this happens) or reward yourself with something small.