Ask a Coach: How to Deal with Salt and Sugar Cravings
Dear Coach Alba,
I just began the 8fit Pro meal plan and find myself really craving salt and sugar. How do I deal with these cravings?
Dear Sweets & Savories,
Some users experience sugar or salt cravings when they begin the 8fit Pro meal plan. It’s completely normal. You’ve likely been following bad nutritional habits for some time, and your body still craves the food that you used to feed it. Now, you’re eating healthy meals made with fresh, natural ingredients. You just need to give your body some time to get used to it.
If you’ve been exercising, you may be sweating more than you usually do. This may mean that you are low in sodium, and are craving it because your body needs it.
You can control your salt cravings by lightly salting your homemade food or drinking an isotonic sports drink after exercise. Don’t worry about adding a little salt into your diet. You will still be eating significantly less salt than you used to.
To control sugar cravings, avoid snacks that cause large swings in your blood sugar. You may enjoy the sugar highs, but then they drop off quickly, leaving you wanting more. It acts like an addiction. Avoid all chocolate, soda, juices, and sweet snacks. You will also want to avoid adding sugar into your coffee. Try replacing it with a tea. And if you need a sweetener, try a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup.
As an extra tip, cinnamon is a blood sugar stabilizer. Drinking tea with honey and cinnamon can be a great replacement for coffee and sugar.
I know none of this sounds fun, but trust me, it’s worth it. You can do it! Trust in yourself and give the new meal plan a few weeks. I know you’ll begin having fewer cravings and start to enjoy good, clean, healthy food.
Let’s get 8fit together!