Column by Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

As intelligent well-read individuals, we know that too much sugar is bad for our health! But what can we do when that insatiable craving for something sweet hits us after meals? I used to rummage through the kitchen looking for any signs of something sugary to quench my taste buds, and then somehow would find a left over pint of ice cream, and eat it. A lot of it.

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Shortly after I would feel like complete crap, but for a couple of seconds I was happy until the sugar rush headache hit. As I started to see what sugar did to my body, and yes you have a symptom of sugar hitting your body too, I had no idea that all of those headaches were coming from the sugar. (If you’re in for Joy Bauer’s Ditch Soda Challenge maybe you’ve been able to feel a difference?)

So instead of cutting sugar out completely, because that would just make me binge, or resorting to even less-healthy sugar substitutes, I learned why I was having the sugar attacks in the first place. It was because of how I was eating each meal.

Eat slowly – To allow the food to break down in your mouth, chew slowly. You will find sweetness in some foods you never thought were sweet; also it can help you feel full after the meal (remember the 20 minute rule – it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to realize you are full).

Add natural sugars – Get your sugar fix through fruits and sweet veggies like dried fruit, sweet potatoes, corn… and even broccoli has some sugar in it. These foods are naturally low in sugar to begin with and will keep you far from those nasty processed high fructose corn syrup temptations.

Stay away from salty foods – Salty foods can make you feel dry and dehydrated, hence making you crave sweets. Remember, craving fries then ice cream or vice a versa doesn’t happen coincidentally.

H20, baby – Always always remember to drink water before you go for that cupcake, you might just stop having the craving.

And if you are still having a minor sugar attack, it’s okay! Treat yourself to have lux Dark 70%+ CHOCOLATE.

These tips should help curb your sugar cravings. Remember one of the key points of losing weight by accident is that we don’t cut things out, we understand our bodies, and then come up with a solution!

Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel is a Weight-Loss Coach committed to helping women find their paths to losing weight and keeping it off by taking small steps to lead a healthier, thinner and more energetic life. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here