“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” – Hippocrates
If you’ve joined us on our ‘No Added Sweetener Challenge,’ congratulations on going two full days without any added sugar or sugar substitutes! (Remind yourself of which foods to avoid here.) Many people notice a feeling of fatigue the first few days, but it will start to get easier with every passing day from now on. And before you know it you’ll be even more energized than you’re used to. So don’t give up yet!
Here are some tips for when cravings come up:
- It’s ok to enjoy whole fruit when you’re hungry and craving something sweet. Pair it with a small amount of protein (like a string cheese or some almonds) if you’re using it as a snack, or enjoy it for dessert after a meal.
- Try unsweetened hot or iced herbal tea, or drink water infused with mint, a citrus wedge or raspberries.
- If you’re not hungry, treat yourself without using food: give yourself a hand massage with your favorite scented lotion, curl up with a good book, watch a funny YouTube video or call up a friend.
Many people find that accountability makes the difference between success and failure during a period of behavior change. Cutting back on added sweeteners is so beneficial, but it’s hard! Please call us today to schedule an appointment for one-on-one support including a full personalized weight loss meal plan and healthy eating guidance.
Lindsay Pasdera, MS RDN