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Stave off those sweet cravings!

We all know that we should eat more fruit, vegetables and wholegrain, but sometimes our craving just don't want to comply. It can be very difficult to ignore sweet cravings, but there are a few things that you can do to help stave them off and avoid binging on sugary snacks...

How to deal with sweet cravings

1. Break the habit

A lot of the times, your cravings develop because of a habit. So, for example, if you always eat dessert after your evening meal, your body will grow to expect it and crave it when you're finished with your main course. Try to break the habit by gradually cutting down by a couple of portions a week - or just going cold turkey.

2. Shop wisely

If you crack into that pack of biscuits, you know you won't stop until they're empty. Therefore avoid having the biscuits in your home. Shop on a full stomach and only buy healthy foods. When faced between a walk to the corner shop or a healthier snack, you'll probably go for the latter.

3. Try a substitute

There are lots of healthier snack foods that you can substitute when you're craving sweet foods. Some examples include: a cup of peppermint tea, a bowl of strawberries, a low fat yoghurt, raisins or other dried fruits, nuts or cheese.

4. Get active

Take your mind off your cravings by keeping your body occupied! Shake it up a little by taking some exercise, visiting a friend or walking the dog... a change of scenery could help shift those cravings.

5. Brush your teeth

One of the most effective ways to stave off sweet cravings is to simply brush your teeth. With your nashers sparkling and your mouth minty fresh, your cravings should soon disappear. Get in the habit of brushing after every meal or snack and you'll soon be eating less sugar.

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