This week’s update: We just got back from a fun family reunion and it was the perfect break for us! My toddler played with her cousin who just happens to be the only other toddler that she plays with so well, so it was nice for me that she had a little distraction. And it was so very nice of grandma and grandpa to take the grandkids while my husband and I got some Four-Wheelin’ Time. The downside to the vacation: Not much, other than eating too many snacks and coming to the realization that I have a serious sugar addiction.
- Drink lots of water. Many times dehydration will mask itself as a sugar craving, when really what your body needs is water. lots of sugar in your diet also leads to overeating, which leads to being fat and unhealthy. Drink, drink, drink! You can even drink fruit water if you want to encourage drinking more water in a day.
- Chew natural gum. Part of my issue is that I don’t like having that “food” taste in my mouth after meals. So instead of popping a dessert in my mouth, I would just chew a piece of my favorite gum (stride or orbit). However, after learning more about artificial sweeteners and how horrible they are for you, I have stopped. I now chew Spry gum which is sweetened with xylitol (The fruit flavored kind taste like Juicy Fruit). It is natural and VERY good for your teeth! I use the same brand for my Kid’s toothpaste because it is natural and safe if it’s swallowed.
- Eat Fruit. Apples and grapes are my favorite to eat when I am having crazy sugar cravings. I also like to eat Stretch Island 100% Fruit Leather, as well as Clif Kids Organic Fruit Twists. They are 100% fruit and contain no added sugars. You can get them at Costco if you have a membership.