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4 Tips to Curb Sugar Cravings in the Workplace

If you find yourself reaching for too many sugary treats during the work day especially in the afternoons then I have some tips to share with you on how to curb those sugar cravings.

But first... lets talk about what sugar (the refined type) does to your body and brain.

When sugar is had in excess on a regular basis, it can be really damaging and contribute to:

  • Reduced performance in parts of the brain that deal with memory

  • Insulin resistance (causing you to crave more food, especially sugar)

  • A host of diseases including diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, pancreatic cancer, gout and kidney diseases

  • High blood pressure and heart disease

  • Weight gain

  • Cavities and more trips to the dentist!

All of these things can easily be avoided though by reducing the amount of sugar eaten on a daily basis and the type of sugar had.

So, how much sugar can we actually have in our diet?

The recommended intake is no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar (24 grams) per day.

However, when it comes to sustainable weight loss you'd want to be avoiding refined sugar containing foods (lollies, chocolate, biscuits etc...) and getting your intake from natural whole food sources...

Which brings me to todays tips on how to curb those workplace sugar cravings.

​TIP 1: Start by swopping out those refined sugary treats with natural sugar alternatives such as: greek yoghurt with berries, apple slices with almond butter, home made protein ball, trail mix with some dark chocolate chips, home made muesli bars etc...

​TIP 2: Plan your workplace snacks ahead of time by making up a bunch of freezer friendly snacks or ones you can keep in the fridge (yoghurt, trail mix etc...) then each day before work pre-pack your snacks so they're ready to go!

​TIP 3: Increase your daily nutrient intake by having a protein rich breakfast (​slows absorption of glucose and keeps you satisfied and fuller for longer) and a nourishing lunch with a serve of protein and at least 2 serves of veggies/salad (a lack of veggies can contribute to sugar cravings).​

TIP 4: If your workplace holds regular morning teas or has a communal biscuit / lolly jar set small achievable goals ahead of time to reduce over indulging. This may involve eating a healthy snack prior to the morning tea or setting an amount you can have each week vs each day.​​

I hope you found these tips helpful today.

And, as always if you'd like some help and support on your weight loss journey, whether that be to improve your relationship with food, increase energy levels, or better manage a disease/condition you can find out more by visiting:

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