How to beat them…Some quick tips
● Understand difference between hunger and appetite. Hunger is more physiological while appetite is more psychological. So next time if you are craving something, ask yourself if you are really hungry or just imagining or “craving” food.
● Understand your emotional triggers: Let’s not use food/sugar for comfort.
● Exercise- Aerobic exercises help in release of endorphins which helps you to feel good without eating sugar
● Eat a little- once in a while indulgence is not a bad thing. Control the portion and enjoy your once in a while treat. Yes, you got me right- even with diabetes you can enjoy your little treat, make sure you burn it all out and do try and maintain your blood sugar levels in range.
● Choose wisely- Dark chocolate is a better option than white/ milk chocolate. Opt for foods with natural sugar like fruits, dates, fig which will help you to satisfy your sugar cravings.
● Keep yourself busy- Take a walk, clean cupboards, listen to music, pursue your hobbies, read books, dance your heart out… do whatever makes you busy and happy.
● Eat by the clock- Don’t starve yourself. Eat balanced meals on time. Choose a perfect combination of protein, carbs, fats, minerals and vitamins. Drink plenty of water.
● Skip artificial sweeteners- Although, they don’t give you calories as such, but artificial sweetener mixed with cream will definitely give you calories and sweet tooth!
● People with diabetes should also check their blood sugar (SMBG- Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose) frequently in order to differentiate between low glucose and a craving. Be sure to always carry your glucose meter with you and test when you can’t tell if your craving is actually low blood glucose.
● Sleep well- an adult brain needs 6-8 hours of sleep. So sleep tight!
● If required—GO COLD TURKEY!!