You’ve heard it time and time again: lower carbohydrate diet plans and avoiding sugar will help you lose weight and feel great. Yes, it’s true.

Sugar can cause depression, anxiety, mood swings, attention issues, acne, a higher possibility for gallstones and kidney stones, and osteoporosis. It decreases immune function, increases bacterial/yeast overgrowth in the gut, and intensifies Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). The negative impacts of a high sugar and carbohydrate diet are endless. You know this, however, how do you go low carb and avoid sugar without excessive hunger and feeling like you are depriving yourself?!

It’s easier than you think.

Pay attention to your protein and healthy fat intake.

Healthy proteins and fats should be a staple at each meal. These macronutrients keep you fuller longer and keep any sugar or carb cravings away. Ideally, you should have 3 meals a day consisting of a healthy protein, healthy fat, and a veggie. If you are hungry or having cravings in between meals – you didn’t eat enough, and it’s usually protein or fat.

Getting enough healthy protein and fat will help stave off cravings.

-Understand what your sweet and carb cravings actually mean.

Cravings are fabulous. They’re your body’s way of telling you that you need a specific nutrient. When you know what your body TRULY needs and begin to fuel it in that manner, kicking sugar to the curb is much easier.

Here is a quick list of sweet and carbohydrate cravings and what your body ACTUALLY needs:

Feed your body what it’s REALLY craving.

I know it can be difficult in today’s society when we’re surrounded by sugary/high carbohydrate foods everywhere we turn (I like to call them ‘fake’ food), but by focusing on healthy fats, healthy proteins, and lots of veggies, as well as paying attention to your cravings, you will finally get off the sugar train for good. Your body and mind will feel so much happier and you will see positive results almost immediately.

So, the next time you want pastry, candy, pasta, or bread … choose nut butter and a few avocado slices instead!

In Health,

Mary Kate Gowdy, Certified Nutrition Specialist

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