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4 Simple Strategies for Curbing the Cravings

As a person with type 2 diabetes, you're probably familiar with the difficulty in controlling your cravings for sugary treats and savory snacks. If left unchecked, eating many foods can increase blood glucose levels, wreaking havoc on your diabetes management.

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Strategies that manage cravings

But don't worry; there are strategies you can try to help you manage your cravings and stay on track with your diabetes management plan! I'll discuss 4 simple strategies you can implement immediately to curb specific cravings and feel in control of your health.

Get proper sleep

Getting enough sleep helps to regulate hormones that control appetite and energy levels.1

When sleep deprived, your body craves sugary or fatty foods to gain quick energy. Without awareness, this could lead to overeating and impromptu food choices.

So ensure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and stick to a consistent sleep schedule to help regulate your appetite and curb your cravings.

Stay hydrated

Drinking water before meals can help control your hunger and reduce cravings. Sometimes our body misinterprets thirst for hunger, and in this case, we tend to eat more rather than hydrate. So, try drinking a glass of water before eating, and you might not need as much food to feel satisfied.

Plan ahead

Planning can help you make healthy choices and avoid temptations. Take some time to create a weekly meal plan and prepare healthy snacks in advance so you're less tempted to reach for less nutrient-dense options when hunger strikes.

Additionally, try keeping wholesome snacks on hand, like trail mix, fresh fruits, and vegetables, to have a nourishing option when hunger strikes.

Practice mindful eating

Practicing mindful eating can help you stay in control of your choices. Instead of distracting yourself while eating, focus on the meal, and savor each bite.

This will help you slow down, savor flavors, and recognize when you're full, making you less likely to overeat. Mindful eating can also help you recognize and distinguish your cravings from actual hunger.

Everyone has cravings

Managing cravings can be challenging for anyone, but it's especially difficult for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, simple strategies can help you curb cravings and stay on track with your diabetes management plan.

By prioritizing sleep, staying hydrated, planning, and practicing mindful eating, you can feel in control of your health and choices.

Remember, it's important to always consult with your healthcare provider and tailor these strategies to your specific needs and preferences. With patience, persistence, and positive habits, you can overcome your cravings, stay healthy, and live your best life with diabetes.

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