Hi. My name’s Ellie and I’m a treataholic.
Do you struggle to resist all things sweet? Find yourself going back for a second, third and fourth cookie even though you’re not hungry? Is no meal complete without a sweet treat at the end? If this sounds like you then just like me you’re a treataholic!
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been completely unable to resist all things sweet but how do I embrace my love for all things bad for me AND remain slim and healthy?
No one wants to give stuff they love up, no one should have to! So here are my top tips on how to stay healthy for those of you who are constantly caught with their hands in the cookie jar….
- Never say no.
Holding back cravings isn’t always a good thing. Sure, you might be successful for a few days but denying yourself of something can often lead to a big blow out! Moderation is one of my favourite words. (it makes me feel better about eating something ‘bad’ for me most days…) A little dark chocolate after your lunch at work or a slice of cake at the weekend isn’t going to kill you and it’ll stop you pigging out big time when you finally give in.
- DIY snacks
Making your own, healthier alternative, sweet treats can be a great way to get your fix with a little less of the ‘bad stuff’. Replacing refined sugars with natural sweeteners such as Agave, honey or even coconut sugar is a great place to start, and don’t forget to pack in some nutrients! Adding nuts, dried fruit and protein to your healthier bakes makes then even better for your body.
- Give in to the good stuff… and only the good stuff!
If you’re going to cheat, make sure it’s worth it. Skip the crappy scraps in the biscuit tin or the sweets that have been sat in your cupboard since last Christmas. Indulge in something good and worth the calories!
- Keep your tummy happy
Eating smaller meals 5 times a day is a great way to keep your stomach satisfied. It’s often when you get overly hungry that you will start to crave stodgy, sugary foods (mmmm doughnuts!).
- Understand your cravings.
When is comes to craving something sweet it’s important to understand where the craving is coming from. Is it habit? Is it your emotions? Is your body lacking the nutrients it needs?
Lack of protein or good fats in your diet can often cause an urge for fast release energy (sugar), so make sure you get enough of what you need.
If your cravings are coming purely out of habit, for example if going shopping means coffee and cake every weekend, then it’s as simple as a bit of will power to break them – sorry I don’t have a quick fix for this one!
Emotional cravings are a little easier to bust. It’s simply a case of finding something to replace the sugar! If it’s comfort you’re after try swapping the cake for a warm bath with candles or a call to a friend. It might sound silly but it really works!
Most importantly its key to remember that cake, sweets and chocolate aren’t going to kill you if you eat them in moderation. Heck I’m baking (and eating) mad and I’m still here!
I’m not scared of my sweet tooth… I just let it know who’s boss every once in a while!