NIGHT TIME SUGAR CRAVINGS
Night time sugar cravings?! Up until a year ago, I seriously craved sugar all. day. long.
I could eat a whole sleeve of cookies at night, top it with some ice cream, and be good to go the next day with a stack of maple syrup drenched pancakes for breakfast. I was a sugar addict, but I didn’t know that it was my sugar-filled breakfast causing my sugar cravings at night.
Is your breakfast causing night time sugar cravings?
Here’s a list of the breakfast foods highest in sugar:
- Cereal (even if it’s “healthy” and not rainbow colored or frosted)
- Pre-packaged oatmeal packets
- Flavored, sweetened yogurt
- Sweetened coffee drinks
- Pancakes and waffles
- Toast with jelly or jam
- Muffins, donuts, and other bakery items
- Smoothies with tons of fruit
- Orange juice or other fruit juice
If you’re eating sugar, you’re getting cravings.
Sugar in the morning means sugar at night… If you’re eating sugar, you’re most likely getting cravings for sugar mid-afternoon and after dinner. I know I sure did!
So what’s the best way to stop cravings – and the energy crashes, mood swings, and weight gain that comes with it? You change what you eat for breakfast!
THE SIMPLE, POWERFUL MINDSET SHIFT
I was scrolling through my Instagram feed one afternoon when I stumbled on my good friend’s post. I’ve always admired her for her truly healthy meals and wonderful tips for eating real, whole foods. There are few accounts on Instagram that I follow as closely as hers because she never fails to make an abundance of veggies, healthy fats, and high-quality protein look beautiful and appetizing. So naturally, like I always do, I opened up the caption and started reading.
When you think of your meals not as breakfast-lunch-dinner but as meal-meal-meal, it becomes easy to have green beans, brussels sprouts, artichokes or leftover protein for your breakfast. I just met this point of view and I’m loving it. [email protected]
My friend brought up the awesome point that the way we think about our meals affects our food choices. The simple thought of “breakfast” leaves an image in your head of a hearty stack of pancakes dripping with a generous drizzle of sweet maple syrup (at least if you’re me it does!) If you didn’t guess, pancakes are super high in sugar, especially when they’re filled with chocolate chips and drenched in maple syrup… now that’s a breakfast causing sugar cravings.
So what if you stopped thinking of breakfast as “breakfast” food, and started thinking of it as the first meal of the day?
This simple change of thinking is something I already make a habit of, but my friend boiled it down so clearly for me. I didn’t realize the logic behind my actions was so impactful – yet looking back I realize how much of a HUGE difference it made for my food choices.
Is your breakfast causing sugar cravings? Eat more vegetables instead.
The simple point that thinking of breakfast as “meal 1” freed me from eating sugar for breakfast because I was no longer limited to “breakfast food”. The simple mindset shift explains exactly why I don’t think twice about having a salad for breakfast or warming up a piece of leftover salmon with some veggies.
Our mindset around food is so powerful. We put our ideas of what things should be into little boxes inside our head. We don’t even realize that the food we choose can fuel our sweet tooth! We categorize things, places, people, and ideas based on the beliefs we have about them or how they “should” be.
But why do we limit ourselves?
Why do we feel the need to keep our meal options in little boxes? Pancakes are breakfast, sandwiches are lunch, and pasta is dinner? Clearly, it’s not making us healthy, fit, or happy with our minds or bodies. And most importantly, why do we fear or reject “out of the box” ideas so quickly? I have salads for breakfast. Weird? I guess it is… but I love it! It keeps me healthy, happy, satisfied and totally content until my next meal.
It’s not actually that weird to have a salad for breakfast.
What if you don’t want “breakfast” food? What if you want to eat a salad… or a piece of salmon with some roasted veggies for that matter? NEWS FLASH: you can 😉 I LOVE having vegetables for breakfast, and while I totally respect whatever you choose to eat, remember that vegetables are always a good idea if you’re having trouble with cravings.
TAKEAWAY: CRUSH YOUR NIGHT TIME SUGAR CRAVINGS AT BREAKFAST
You don’t have to live with night time sugar cravings. And since you know breakfast food is typically LOADED with sugar, FILLED with refined flour, and makes you hungrier instead of more satisfied… you can swap your sugary cereal for eggs and veggies coated in grass-fed butter or coconut oil and a piece of sprouted toast… or make a plate with some veggies, avocado, and some leftover protein from last night’s dinner…. or make a bowl of unsweetened whole oats filled with almond butter (unsweetened) and fresh or frozen blueberries.
Just remember to eat the foods that make you FEEL good! Don’t hold yourself back from eating truly healthy foods packed with nutrients that satisfy your hunger, stabilize your blood sugar, and keep you healthy, fit, and happy.