Kick Diabetic Cravings to the Curb

A restrictive diet breeds cravings. Everybody knows it. But when your dietary no-nos are the consequence of diabetes, giving into these cravings can be dangerous.

This is why diabetics need to learn how to manage the inevitable cravings for sugary or salty snacks. There are several methods out there, each one with a chorus singing its praises on the Internet.

Of course, when handling your own cravings, it is important to remember that the best method is the one that works best for you. Try out a few things; see what works, and watch as your cravings become manageable and stress-free!

Avoid Stress

Speaking of stress, avoiding stress is a great way to keep cravings at bay. When you’re relaxed, your body is less likely to crave sweets or other unhealthy foods. Try listening to relaxing music or taking a walk to keep your mind off any pesky cravings that might kick in. Also, getting adequate sleep is a great way to ensure that your stress levels stay down.

Get Your Endorphin On

You’ve heard of a “natural high,” right? That great feeling is the result of our brains releasing endorphins, which happens for a number of reasons. We can get an endorphin release when we eat sweet snacks like chocolate, but the same high comes from doing something healthy and active like exercising. Go out for a run or hit the gym to get your endorphin fix, and you’ll be surprised how quickly your cravings fade away.

Try a Substitute Snack

If you want nothing more than a sweet treat that will do damage to your blood sugar, and exercise and soothing songs aren’t enough to keep the craving quiet, there is a way to satisfy your taste buds safely. Start searching for foods that have a similar sugary flavor but less sugar content. Chowing down on fruit or other naturally sweet snacks will keep your glucose level low, without depriving you of mouth-watering sweetness.

Eat Enough and Often

The greatest cause of cravings is a restrictive diet that leaves you feeling unsatisfied. If you have small, healthy meals throughout the day, you won’t be as likely to indulge later on. Make sure you’re consuming enough food every day and that your meals are as flavorful and satisfying as they are healthy. This way, you’ll be able to avoid irritating cravings, manage your diabetes without a hitch, and get on with your day!

Source: eHow

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