In 2012, the US Department of Agriculture estimated that Americans consume roughly 47 pounds of sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup every year. That’s more than 80 pounds per person of raw, fattening fuel! Wean yourself off of sugar with these strategies. From Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet for Rapid Results.
• Eat a protein-dense breakfast that features some healthful fats. This will superload your metabolism with slow-burning fuels and will keep your blood sugar levels steady. I’m a big believer in eating dinner for breakfast. (I bet that any self-respecting cavewoman started her day with some meat or fish and a salad.) Enjoy an egg, a lamb chop, or some shrimp in the morning, and toss in a handful of nuts while you’re at it. Don’t be surprised if you no longer experience a midafternoon crash.
• Whenever you crave something sweet, opt for a bloodsugar stabilizing protein and/or fat instead. Skip the low-fat yogurt and have some turkey slices rolled up with avocado, or some apple slices smeared with almond butter. When you choose a healthy alternative, your cravings for sugar will retreat. One of my favorite sugar busters is a steaming cuppa hot cocoa: add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to 8 ounces boiling water and top with a dash of cinnamon.
• Check in with your level of thirst. Often, we think we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty, and this is when we tend to snack on things that aren’t good for us. Instead, immediately have a tall, cool glass of water with a squeeze of lemon. Then wait a few minutes. If you’re still not satisfied, enjoy a cup of naturally flavored tea. (I like cinnamon or licorice root.) Or chill out with an iced hot chocolate: dissolve 1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder in 8 ounces hot water. Pour over a tall glass of ice and enjoy some liquid love.
• Lastly, there’s always the power of chocolate. Eating chocolate with a higher cocoa content is a natural mood booster. If we increase those feel-good neurotransmitters, we not only give our brain biochemistry a shot in the arm but also stop our cravings in their tracks. So if you need to throw a bone at your dopamine receptors, have a square of organic dark chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao.