I have always had such a sweet tooth. I love sugar, carbs, candy, all the things. But for the majority of my life I felt out of control when it came to my constant sugar cravings. That is until I became a vegan. Now stay with me- you don’t have to switch to a plant based diet to finally end your sugar cravings! You simply have to adopt one of the habits that go along with the vegan lifestyle- eating more fruit.
I don’t know about you but, pre-veganism I was constantly craving sugar, but I would always gravitate towards refined sugars, never the natural sugars found in fruit. From what I have learned through educating myself on nutrition and human physiology, I am convinced that humans are frugivores, not omnivores (source).
If humans are frugivores that means we thrive on a diet rich in carbohydrates and fruits. This was such an ah-ha moment for me. No wonder my body was constantly in search of carbs and sugar, I was mistakenly focusing my diet on low carb options and getting in my protein, usually from animal sources, that caused me to think about sugar all day long. I was depriving my body of the fuel it required to thrive.
When I finally started listening to my body and giving it the sugar it was asking for from real plant sources, my cravings went away. I no longer feel the urge to hunt down a candy bar or slurp a soda at 2 PM. By including a lot of fruit in my diet, I completely resolved my sugar cravings.
I have even tested this theory. I have had days were my fruit intake was low and I swear, I was right back where I started. Fixated on finding a sugary drink or dying to munch on candy. This really works.
If you are struggling with sugar cravings here’s what you should do.
Anytime a sugar craving comes up, eat fruit. Even when a packet of Skittles is staring you in the face- pick the fruit.
Start your day with fruit, every single day. My go-to breakfast right now is granola with almond milk and a banana. Then about 2 hours later, I will have second breakfast which is always my green smoothie. So right off the bat, I am getting in 2 or more bananas, a cup of mango, and orange juice as the first burst of fuel for my body.
Start replacing your dessert foods with fruit. To transition, I recommend eating fruit after a meal and then deciding if you also want your regular dessert. If you do want both that is fine, but what I have found is that a couple peaches or a mango completely satisfies my sweet tooth after dinner.
Snack on fruit. If you are hungry in between meals, I always first recommend drinking water. Usually snacking is a reaction to thirst not hunger. But after getting down at least 32 oz of H2O, you find you are still hungry, than snack on fruit or vegetables in their raw form. So whole fruits or sliced veggies with hummus. Your body is asking for fuel, so give it the best. I’ve noticed that “endless” snacking usually happens when I’m consuming junk food. You never feel satisfied after pounding down chips and cookies because your body is still in need of nutrients.
You will be shocked at what this simple change can do for you. Not only will increasing your fruit intake demolish your sugar cravings, but you will likely see improvements in your digestion, energy levels, skin and there is even a high possibility of shedding a few pounds. Remember, this is the lifestyle we are designed to thrive on! A high carb, high fruit diet. There is a reason most plant based eaters seem to be able to eat as much as they like and effortlessly maintain their optimal weight, this is how our bodies were designed!
I am so excited to continue to share all the amazing revelations that have come with adopting a vegan lifestyle. I am over the moon with the results, and I know the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way can help you get to a healthier and more mindful place with food.