Be it chocolate ganache or cheesecakes, here's how you can curb your sugar cravings

  • IANS, London
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2014 14:58 IST

Totally shunning sweet delights can sometimes increase your temptation towards sweets. So, instead of running away from satiating your sugar craving, try to curb it once in a while, suggest experts.

Experts from the fields of nutrition and fitness say there are ways of reducing sugar craving, reports

Here's what they have to say:

Denial is not the answer: Denying yourself sweet foods completely is likely to result in sugar cravings and encourage bingeing. A little of the sweet stuff is fine in moderation and a small serving of your favourite pudding will help satisfy a sweet tooth. Have with a meal to reduce the effect on blood sugar levels.

Get enough sleep: According to Martin Budd, naturopath and author of "Why Am I So Exhausted", when we are tired, we often use sugar. So make sure you actually do build in proper sleep.

Get spicy: You could also try flavouring food and drinks with vanilla or spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon and cardamom.

Keep moving: Often our little sugar treats especially after a meal are often more a habit or a way of dealing with emotional issues. Before you take a bite, stop and think about why you are doing this and work through that emotion.

Try a detox: Max Tuck, author of book "Whole Body Solutions", says that introducing lots of greens into the diet, raw and preferably juiced with vegetables such as celery and cucumber, are not only detoxing but help to regulate blood sugar by providing protein, and also minerals that are responsible for maintenance of blood sugar levels. Likewise, the green leaves provide an excellent source of magnesium, the "stress mineral" that many people are deficient in. Juicing greens provides whole-body benefits.

Take care of nutrient deficiencies: Nutrient deficiencies can make cravings worse and the fewer nutrient deficiencies, the fewer cravings. Certain nutrients seem to improve blood sugar control including chromium, vitamin B3 and magnesium.

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