If you want to stop craving sweets and eating too much sugar, here is my plan to stop sugar cravings permanently. I have divided this article in two sets of tips. In the first set, I will cover what you must eat and do to minimize your desire for sweets. In the second set, I will show how you can totally eliminate a sugar craving in no time and prevent it from ever coming back. When combined, these tips are complete craving busters. They are very easy to follow and take very little time to implement—so let’s get started.
Eating Tips: How to Stop Sugar Cravings Naturally
Follow all these tips to stop craving sugar and sweets and you’ll feel much better in a matter of days.
Drink a lot of water: Sugar dehydrates. If you have been eating a lot of sugar, there is a good chance that your body is dehydrated. In that case, the best remedy is pure water. Stay away from sodas, teas, and coffees. They are diuretics and will leach even more water out of your body. Drink one glass of water every hour, and two hours after meals.
Make sure you have enough to eat, and eat regularly: Sometimes cravings stem from real hunger. Make sure you have a real meal three times a day. Avoid sandwiches as much as you can—they are filled with carbs and sugar. Have a good source of protein and a vegetable at each meal.
Calorie restrictive diets may make you crave sweets like crazy. If that’s the case, stop dieting and learn to eat when you’re hungry and to stop when you’re not. It will help you lose weight much faster. To learn more about compulsive eating and diets click on this link.
Avoid eating too much sugar overall: Sugar is hidden everywhere, but especially in processed foods. Cook as much as possible of the food you eat. Check sugar content of processed food by reading the labels, and steer clear of any form of sweetened beverage. For more information, read my article on how to stop eating sugar click on the link.
Regulate your blood sugar levels with spices, supplements, and foods: I take cinnamon regularly along with dehydrated wheat grass juice in a glass of water. I feel it helps me regulate my sugar levels quite well. Cinnamon is one of the most famous spices for lowering blood sugar, so why not give it a try?
To a lesser degree, ginger, turmeric, fenugreek, and most spices and herbs seem to have some effect on blood sugar levels. I also feel that salad or any dark green vegetable helps regulate my sugar cravings, but that may be due to the vinegar I use in the salad dressing.
Anyway, I recommend that you have a large bowl of green salad at lunch and at dinner time. Salad is a great food craving buster. A daily intake of blueberries seems to prevent diabetes for people who are most at risk. And alpha-lipoic acid is often recommended as a supplement for people with a high blood sugar level. I take it with ascorbic acid for its antioxidant properties. It works best when taken on an empty stomach.
Find foods that lower your desire for sugar: As I have written above, my preference is salad and most raw, dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, and also broccoli. If you pay attention, you will notice that some foods curb your appetite for sweets.
Make sure you have enough sleep: Sleep deprivation will lead you to drink coffee or look for stimulants to get through the day. Instead of doing this, get some exercise.
Exercise regularly: You can do small sets of movements during breaks and also 40 minutes of exercise three times a week or some brisk walking—anything that will get your heart racing. Walk to the store. Climb the stairs. If you work in an office and are seated most of the day, use the pomodoro technique. It allows you to take a short break every 25 minutes. Instead of using those five minutes for a coffee break, do some stretching and a few squats if possible. Whatever you do, get off your chair. Start breathing deeply and get a glass of water.
Stay away from artificial sweeteners at all costs: I have allowed several good teeth to decay because of my addiction to sweets. I believe what started it was artificial sweeteners. They made me feel that I was in control of my sugar addiction when I was not. For example, I thought I could have sweets as long as I was drinking artificially sweetened sodas. However, artificial sweeteners have now been found to cause massive sugar and sweet cravings. Artificial sweeteners may seem like a smart way to eat less sugar, but nothing could be further from the truth. They trick your brain into craving sugar. Just eliminate them from your diet entirely. You may use natural stevia extract, though, and herbal teas.
Alleviate your sweet tooth with herbal teas: If you grow tired of water, you may try licorice or anise herbal teas to get a sweet taste in your mouth instead. You may add some stevia also. I drink licorice tea regularly, although personally I don’t care for it. Licorice may increase your blood pressure if use it regularly, so don’t use it if you have high blood pressure. You may also occasionally have green tea. It will lower your blood sugar levels and your cravings for sweets. Unfortunately, green tea is also a diuretic and a stimulant, so use it sparingly.
Don’t mix sugar with other stimulants: Caffeine is your worst enemy. Stay away from energy drinks, energy bars, milk chocolate, and black teas as much as possible. It may seem impossible at first but don’t worry. I’ll give you a technique that will help you bust any cravings in a few minutes. You’ll be amazed at how efficient and easy it is.
Keep sweets away from you, especially at work: It may seem impossible not to have sweets in the kitchen when raising children, but in any other situation eliminate sweets from your house. You may have some sweets occasionally, but it’s always best to eat sweets when eating at a restaurant or away from home. This way you don’t have to store them at home. Whatever you do, keep sweets away from your desk—just don’t bring them there. If you’re sharing a desk, ask your desk-mate to keep sweets out of your sight. Instead, use the pomodoro technique to keep yourself alert and refreshed, and drink water regularly. After 30 days, you will look younger and thinner; you will feel more alert; and you will be more productive than ever.
Use this simple food trick to limit your sweet consumption: When you’re having a craving, try eating a raw vegetable such as a celery stick before each sweet, and drink a glass of water after. It will stop you from eating too much sugar and train your unconscious to reach for raw vegetables, water, and nutrient-filled food first. You still can have your sweets, but this technique will help prevent you from going on a never-ending sweet-binging loop for days. Once again, I provide even more tips in my article on how to stop eating sugar.
Coaching Tips: How to Stop Craving Sweets Permanently
It’s quite easy to eliminate a craving in the moment, but wouldn't it be even better if you didn't experience any craving at all or you could prevent them from causing you any trouble? In this section, I will share with you tips and techniques that will help you achieve just that.
How to Get Rid of a Sweet Craving
Use the #1 craving busting technique I know: The most efficient technique I know for getting rid of a sweet craving is EFT—emotional freedom technique. Please subscribe to my newsletter below, if you haven’t already done so, to gain access to free EFT video training. For those who already know EFT, you can start with “Even though I’m craving this ‘name of the food…’” “ or “Even though I feel like eating sugar so much, I…”
Use the power of choice: Addiction always leads you to believe that you don’t have a choice. Of course, that’s not true. You always have a choice. When you see your hand grab a sweet, pause for a minute and ask yourself: “Is this really what I want to do?” “Am I sure this is what I truly want?” “Is this what I truly want?” “Is this what I truly need?” If not, “What is a better way to satisfy that need?” When you do this, you give yourself the chance to actually choose what you eat. It’s a very empowering experience. If you decide to eat that sweet anyway, you will know that it is not because of addiction or compulsive eating; it’s just because it’s normal to have some sweets occasionally. Most of the time, however, you will realize that you have a better option.
Use the Sedona method: It’s not my favorite method for cravings, but you can certainly use it to deal with fear and other strong emotions. If, after exercising your power of choice, you feel your craving was an unconscious attempt to suppress an emotion, you can use the Sedona method along with EFT to bring yourself back to calmness. It may take only a few minutes, and it can be done silently.
How to Prevent Sugar Cravings From Ever Returning
Be present: The most obvious tip is to pay attention to what you’re eating and also to your stress levels and feelings. Sweets are often a comfort food, a reward, or a way to induce an emotional response, such as relief, belonging, or peace. You practice being present by pausing for a few seconds several times a day to sense how your breathing, your heart rate, and your mind are there for you. Listen to what your body needs, and do what you can to nurture yourself without food, otherwise, before you know it, your brain will trigger an automatic response like: Stress means eat sweets for relief. More about stress eating here.
Change your perspective and gain control over your consumption of sweets: The first thing I want you to consider is that most candies and candy bars are so processed that they are no longer food. They cannot nourish your body, although you probably aren’t feeling hunger after eating them. This may not be true for all sweets, but think of candies that have the colors of your kid’s highlighters, or that taste like nothing you can find in nature. These are chemicals, not foods. My “prime directive”—I used to be kind of a trekkie—is to always respect my body. It’s so strong in me that I’m repulsed at the idea of eating most candy bars. Now, I want you to stretch things a little further.
Think of what sugar will cost you in the future. The main idea is that you dissociate sugar from pleasure and reconnect it to pain. Cookies and candies are not so appealing since I realized that they have probably caused four of my teeth to rot. Furthermore, sugar will make you diabetic, promote weight gain and premature aging, and support cancer cell growth. It contains no nutritional value, but it leaches minerals out of your body. How will your health be, how will you look, if you keep on eating sweets? You’ll look much older than you could have otherwise. Your loss of control over what you eat will gradually erode your self-esteem.
Use EFT: Sometimes, EFT can provide permanent results. Results vary, but my chocolate consumption has completely changed since my one EFT session for chocolate craving during my professional EFT training. I still eat chocolate, but mostly dark chocolate and in moderate amount. The sweet taste of milk chocolate tends to disgust me very quickly now. Some people may have to use EFT many times or use the help of an EFT practitioner before getting permanent results, but EFT usually provides permanent results to most people.
Find your triggers: When you are present to yourself, you will notice that certain events or situations will trigger a craving response. Or you will notice that you have created a habitual response to certain activities; for example, you have a latte after lunch every day. In this case, your brain has associated one action with the action of eating sweets. Your craving may also be a reaction to an emotional trigger. “You eat ice cream after a fight with a friend or after a breakup.” The more you know and understand your triggers, the more you can exercise your power of choice.
Find your unconscious beliefs: I have covered this in my previous article about goal setting. Usually, strong emotional responses and cravings stem from an unconscious belief. During a craving, you can make a self-inquiry that will help you to discover the hidden beliefs that are covertly leading your life. Once you know them, it becomes easy to reprogram them
Create a mental image of who you want to become: Here you do the reverse of what we did in the “change your perspective” tip. You play your ideal movie—you look great, you eat what you want, you are craving-free. Play that mental movie three times a day as long as you need it. It will prevent cravings. Now you know how to stop craving sweets and eliminate sugar addiction for life. Please share your comments below and, if you haven’t done so yet, subscribe to my newsletter below. You will get easy-to-learn EFT video training, the exact training I teach my customers. Subscribe, and tap those cravings away. Just enter your name and click on the green button.