In the past, we have talked about sugar alternatives for those suffering from a fatty liver so you do have your options to avoid sugar.But there is one thing that’s absolutely horrible: sugar cravings and you’ll probably get quite a few of those early on.
When I first got diagnosed with a fatty liver, I remember that one of the most difficult things for me was dealing with the sugar cravings. They hit you really bad, so I decided to write this article and tell you how to deal with sugar cravings during your fatty liver diet.
As you probably know, I managed to completely reverse my fatty liver, but I decided to keep eating healthy and never get back to old habits. Chances are that if you don’t, the fatty liver will make a comeback and you’ll have to go through this once again, going through the scares associated with it once more. Not something that I want.
Just like the sugar cravings – I don’t want them, but I get them, even today, a few years after completely reversing my fatty liver and switching to a healthy eating diet, completed with exercise and no alcohol.
The biggest eye opener was the Winter Holiday season a few years ago when I let my guard down and decided to get a bit more into the holiday spirit and allow myself a few treats.
Even though I didn’t really overdo it and still ate relatively healthy in my opinion, it did splurge on cake and sweets. The more I ate, the more my body remembered the bad old days and asked for more.
It was like a trigger than unleashed the hell of sugar cravings. After eating that large piece of chocolate cake, it was horrible. I started having the worst sugar cravings ever and the worst part is that I gave in and kept eating sweets, processed sugars and such.
After Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations, I was shocked to see that I had gained 4.5 pounds. Just like that! This is what getting back to poor eating habits did to me in around two weeks.
The biggest problem was the fact that getting off track brought the worse sugar cravings I ever had. 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 my young son 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 can be 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 for a while. And that’s a mistake, because you’re only adding fuel to the fire.
And even though I do manage to only 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.
So I’ve started the battle against sugar cravings. And this is my approach to dealing with them – it does help and even though it’s your own motivation that matters the most, these tricks will help a lot also.
1. Eat a lot of fruits
I normally eat a lot of fruits and vegetables anyways, but when the sugar cravings hit bad, I will allow myself to eat more sugary fruits than usual. Even a sweet banana is better than a chocolate bar or cake.
I know that many people say that you should stay away from fruits, but this is not something I agree with. I ate lots of fruits and reversed my fatty liver and I still eat them.
You can read my thoughts about fatty liver and fruits here.
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.
I sometimes go on a splurge and go for carbonated water. It changes the routine and keeps me happy.
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 to avoid the cravings.
This is a method that I used in the past and actually encouraged my wife to eat the things she wants, but without me even knowing.
So now she has her hidden stash of sweets which I never see, thus making it easier not to feel the need to eat. 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. It’s like I’m losing control: I know I shouldn’t be doing it, I know I’ll regret it, but if things are bad and I am really tired and stressed out, I just can’t stop.
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, meditating, listening to musing or doing anything that works for you to relax.
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 those sugar cravings, 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!
7. Brush your teeth
I found out that this helps a bit to keep me motivated. Now I regularly brush my teeth after each meal.
The thing I noticed is that if I know that I have just brushed my teeth, I am less likely (at least for a while) to want to eat something. I am not really sure what causes this, but it does help.
This is what I’ve been doing to reduce my sugar cravings and even though it’s not easy, it will help you stay away from the cookies and the sweets.
It’s difficult, I know, it seems impossible sometimes, especially if you start to tell yourself lies like “just one bite”. But the good thing is that they will eventually go away and it will be a lot more easier after a while to stay away from sugar and sweets.
Remember 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 succeed too – because you know what really matters and you are stronger than a bag of sugar. Plus, you now have some extra weapons to deal with this: my tips above to help you beat the sugar cravings when you’re suffering from a fatty liver.
If you have additional methods to deal with the need for sugar, don’t hesitate to share them with us all below.