It’s easy to conclude that refined sugar is best left alone; the hard part is breaking the addiction!
Refined sugar offers NO nutritional value, promotes weight gain, leads to unstable blood sugar and energy levels, triggers inflammation, promotes premature aging, can make you moody AF, messes with your sleep, and exacerbates disease. Worse still? Refined sugar is as addictive as cocaine, acting on the same part of the brain.
Beyond doing a juice cleanse, here are some tips to make it easier to give up the white stuff once and for all!
1. Get your daily dose of green juice.
Whenever a sugar craving strikes, grab a bottle of green juice. Leafy green juices are loaded with nutrients that destroy cravings instantaneously. Even better? Once you replace your empty-calorie sugar habit with a nutrient-rich green juice habit, your body will actually start to crave greens!
2. Stay hydrated.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of sugar cravings. Hydrate with plenty of water and raw juice.
3. Skip artificial sweeteners.
Recent studies have found that artificial sweeteners reduce dopamine levels in the brain, instigating intense sugar cravings.
4. Meet your magnesium needs.
Magnesium deficiency affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and deliver energy into the cells which can instigate sugar cravings. Eat more magnesium rich foods like nuts, seeds, avocados, cacao, leafy greens, bananas, and quinoa. Grab a Cacao Hemp Smoothie or a green juice!
5. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh fruit or a fruit salad.
The fiber will help make you feel full so you’re less likely to reach for something unhealthy.
6. Skip the flavored coffee creamers and sweeteners in your coffee.
Your daily caffeine fix could be loading you up with more sugar than you think. Try replacing sugary coffee creamer with a splash of our creamy Vanilla Cashew Smoothie (it’s innocently sweetened with dates!).
7. Remember: The devil is in the details.
If your solution to sugar cravings is to just limit yourself to having a little bit of sugar, you’re only feeding the addiction. Sugar makes you crave more sugar! When you tell yourself that just one little sweet won’t hurt, you’re actually setting yourself up for even more sugar cravings.
8. Restrict your alcohol intake.
Alcohol messes with insulin levels in the body and can trick you into feeling like you’re craving sugar. Check out our list of healthy ways to unwind without alcohol here!
9. Squash your late-night sugar craving with fresh juice.
Drink your favorite sweet raw cold-pressed juice like a Sweet Roots juice or a Citrus Carrot juice. It won’t impact load up your digestive system which can negatively impact the quality of your sleep.
10. Manage your stress levels.
Stress causes sugar cravings! Yoga, exercise, deep breathing, and essential oils are a few examples of healthy ways to manage stress.
11. Treat yourself to a Vanilla Cashew Smoothie.
It tastes like a vanilla milkshake!
12. Get a good night's sleep- consistently.
Make it your mission to get on a strict sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, avoid eating or drinking alcohol before bed (drink raw juice instead!), and try to steer clear of the screens (phone, tablet, computer, TV) a few hours before bedtime.
13. Eat something protein-rich to balance your blood sugar levels.
Sugar cravings are worsened by blood sugar spikes and crashes. Get more protein into your diet to help keep them at bay. Stock your fridge with plant-based protein smoothies and keep nuts in your purse, car, or desk drawer to stop sugar cravings in their tracks.
14. Ask yourself if you actually want to eat sugary foods or if your craving is emotionally triggered.
Are you filling a void with food? Are you bored? Before you indulge your craving, try calling or texting a friend, exercising, taking a walk, or busying yourself with another activity.