In the past, we have talked about sugar alternatives for those suffering from a fatty liver and it’s all great for your health when you manage to keep sugar away from your diet. But there is one thing that’s absolutely horrible: sugar cravings.
When I first got diagnosed with a fatty liver more than two years ago, I don’t remember having them so badly. But I do know that I’ve been hit full force by them recently, so I decided to talk about the fatty liver and sugar cravings – and how to deal with them!
As you probably know, I managed to completely reverse my fatty liver, but I decided to stick to the diet and live the new life I got used with anyway. Even after reversing the fatty liver, it will come back if you also return to your bad eating habits and poor lifestyle choices from before when you were diagnosed.
However, this was easier said than done, especially during the Winter Holidays. Even though I didn’t really overdo it and still ate relatively healthy, I just couldn’t help it and ate a few more deserts than I would’ve normally eaten, plus some other unhealthy foods. After Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations, I was shocked to see that I had gained 4.5 pounds. Just like that!
But that wasn’t even the worst part, because I already managed to lose 2.5 pounds in two weeks and am planning to lose the other two soon. But what turned a switch in my body was the sugar. I, of course, stopped – or better said tried to stop – eating sugar staring January 2nd, but every day since then it was a real nightmare for me.
I get those huge sugar cravings every now and then and they come at random times. The worst thing is when I look at sweet things: a chocolate bar, a cookie or anything that has sugar added will drive me crazy. And since there’s a three year old in the house, as well as a wife who isn’t on a “no sugar” diet… I do get to see those more often than not. It’s horrible!
I never thought that sugar cravings are that bad – even though I heard many people talk about them. But now that it’s happening to me, I completely understand. And the worst part is that it’s very difficult to say no, especially when I get back from work and am tired. “Just one cookie” or “just a bite” were my favorite things to say in the past two weeks.
And even though I do manage to eat small amounts of sugary stuff each day, I rarely manage to find the strength to say no. And that is bad because allowing myself “just a bite” will eventually end up in me allowing another bite, then another and so on. The whole work I did in the previous two years and a bit could be destroyed. And I don’t want to do that.
So I’ve started the battle against sugar cravings. And this is my approach to them and I hope you’ll find these tips useful:
1. Eat a lot of fruits
I normally eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, but these days I will allow myself to eat more sugary fruits than usual. Even a sweet banana is better than a chocolate bar!
2. Drink plenty of water
It might sound strange, but drinking water helps with my sugar cravings. I usually drink lemon water and squeeze some lime in as well, but plain water will do the trick as well.
3. Hide the temptations
Well, if I don’t see them and I don’t know they exist… I won’t really feel the need to eat them. Or at least it will be a lot easier for me. This is a method that I used in the past and actually encouraged my wife to eat the things she wants, but I am not allowed to without me even knowing. This could work for you too!
4. Get more sleep
And try to relax more. I am a major stress eater and it’s a lot more difficult to say no when you are extremely stressed and/or tired. Sleep helps a lot in this case, but you might also want to try other methods, like taking some time off, some time for yourself only, going for walks or doing anything that works for you.
5. Exercise more
I have been slacking in this area since before the Winter holidays and this is one of the reasons why I have these cravings. My body is simply not using all the sugar and the energy and just wants pile up more and more. I started to exercise again and I already feel better. It’s one of the most difficult lifestyle changes for me, but without it we won’t get far!
6. Eat something else
I thought long and hard about sharing this or not. Replacing a cookie with a different type of food – which most likely has some carbs – is not really the best approach, so try to use it as a last resort and cut it off the list after just a few days. But if all else fails and you still feel that sugar craving, it might be that you’re also a bit hungry – in which case you should eat something. Ideally, get something with as few carbs as possible and don’t eat too much. Eat slowly and enjoy the food, but don’t make it a habit!
This is what I’ve been doing for the past few days and, even though it’s not easy, I managed to stay away from the cookies and the sweets. It will be one or two weeks that my body needs to adjust and completely beat the cravings and I have to stay strong. It’s difficult, I know, it seems impossible sometimes, especially if you start to tell yourself lies like “just one bite”. I don’t need that. You don’t need that!
All we need is a healthy body that allows us to enjoy life. Life is not about eating cookies and candy. Life is about everything else. Family, experiences – there’s a lot more than just feeding harmful sugar to your body. That’s why I will succeed. That’s why you will too – and you have the tricks to make the fight easier now!