Busy moms tend to get stuck in a cycle of sugar-caffeine- repeat.
The day starts off busy. You grab a muffin and a coffee after carpool.
Then two hours later you’re STARVING while running errands and end up in the drive-through (with more carbs and caffeine in hand).
Then after the kids go to bed, the evening sugar cravings REALLY kick in.
I get it. But the thing is, you CAN break out of the cycle- and you DON’T have to swear off sugar at all.
Here are 5 tips that can help you break the sugar cycle:
Start the by with a PROTEIN + FAT + FIBER breakfast. Eating enough of the right calories will keep you satisfied, and fend off cravings.
Drink enough water. I don’t just mean a few glasses throughout the day. At least 80oz per day (and yes, tea counts, but coffee or soda do not!). The body confuses hunger and thirst, and by remaining hydrated you can prevent that confusion!
Plan ahead. Look at your week or day ahead of time, and plan out a general idea of what you’ll eat and when. Sometimes you may be running errands all day and realize you haven’t eaten in hours. Instead of ending up hangry, you can plan ahead and throw some snacks in your bag.
On that note… eat at regular intervals throughout the day . When you skip meals or have too few calories then expect a small meal to carry you 4-5 hours, you end up hangry, which means when you DO get access to food, you eat a lot of food FAST. A recipe for disaster (and weight gain.) Be in the habit of packing healthy snacks for the road, just in case.
Protein meals. Protein isn’t just important in the morning. Aim for protein + fiber at every meal to keep you satisfied. Fiber comes from whole grains, fruits, and veggies. It’s filling and great for digestion. Don’t skimp on protein and fiber! :)
BONUS: plan for your sweets. This may seem counter-intuitive but knowing when you’ll have dessert/ your favorite sweet can make it easier to say no in the moment.
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