When it comes to sugar cravings, there are really 2 schools of thought: one is to fight the craving entirely. However, doing this too often can lead to the urge to over-indulge. The other way to handle the craving is to simply give in on a small scale. Enjoy a small treat to curb your craving and move on with your life.
A lot of people choose to completely fight their cravings. For some, this works. But more often than not, this constant restricting builds and builds until all you want to do is sit down and eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and a full pack of Chips Ahoy.
Sure, you eat a handful of blueberries or an apple as a “healthier” way to curb your sweet tooth. But if you’re like me, you just love sweets. Plain and simple. Sometimes I just really want some “junk”. Rather than fight it, I go for one of the options above. Once I have a small taste, I’m satisfied and I can move on with my life.
I don’t think sugar is evil, and I don’t think craving sugar is some grand sign that something is wrong with you. Processed snacks are made to taste amazing, so there’s no wonder we crave them. I eat healthy overall, so I let myself enjoy snacks when I really want them.
I know this is going to piss some people off. That’s okay. I’ll say it time and time again- much of nutrition is highly subjective (at least when it comes to food choices). Some people feel very strongly that you should NEVER eat processed foods. Fine for them. I’m from the school of thought that believes that everything is perfectly fine in moderation, and that’s exactly what this is- enjoying snacks in moderation and curbing your cravings so they don’t build up into one giant calorie-bomb. If eating one cookie per day means it’ll help you avoid a 2,000 calorie mega-dessert, then sign me up.
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