4 quick tips for dealing with sugar cravings

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI's nutrition expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


When you have a craving for something sweet, it can be incredibly hard to resist.  Unfortunately, most sweets like candies, cakes, and desserts are loaded with added sugar. Added sugar can refer to sugar that has been added to food or drinks or sugar found naturally in honey, syrups, and unsweetened fruit juices.  Added sugar in high amounts has been linked to a variety of ailments like weight gain, dental cavities, Type 2 Diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

The emergence of so much data about the effects of added sugar has made avoiding sugar a cultural movement.  Cutting back on sugar means opting for unprocessed foods (like whole fruits and veggies, homemade sauces and condiments, and lean meats) over processed choices that are often high in added sugar. Making these kinds of food choices can help you take in fewer calories, control blood sugar levels, and increase your intake of vitamins and minerals.

That said, people often still struggle to “quit sugar” cold-turkey because of the strength of their sugar cravings.  Cravings can occur for a variety of reasons like stress, hormones, or because sugar has become a long-term habit. Regardless of the cause, cravings can be hard to ignore. Luckily, we have a few tips that can help you out when sugar cravings hit.

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A quick look at overeating

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI's nutrition expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


Overeating starts with a very simple concept: eating more than your body needs. Overeating is a common problem in today’s society, and leads to weight gain, heartburn, and other long term conditions like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Understanding why people overeat and how to help them stop, however, is more complicated. Overeating isn’t the same for everyone, but there are a few common reasons you might struggle with eating more than you need.

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Why TOVI doesn't count calories

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI's nutrition expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


Food often gets treated as a means-to-an-end for weight loss or soothing emotions, but proper nutrition is so much more. The old saying food is fuel is true; the foods you eat give your body vital nutrients and energy that you can’t get otherwise.  There are many different ways to approach nutrition, but many approaches focus solely on the energy food provides, commonly called calorie counting.

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The winding path to sustainable weight loss

Today’s world is one of instant gratifications. If you want to watch a movie, you download it from Netflix; if you feel like sushi for dinner, you have it delivered to your doorstep in minutes. While the convenience of all the recent advances are great, it has left us unaccustomed to waiting.

The driving need to get things how we want it, when we want it, persists even when it comes to things which should not happen quickly, like weight loss. People that want to lose weight usually want to lose it FAST, regardless of the impact it has on their physical and emotional wellbeing. This explains the appeal of various fad diets, ‘detoxes’, and miracle weight loss drugs. When it comes to weight loss, however, slow and steady wins the race, ultimately resulting in long-term success.

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The mental side of snacking: why we crave comfort food when we're stressed

This blog was written in collaboration with TOVI's nutrition expert, Dr. Tara Coletta, and mental health expert, Dr. Lorena Ruci. Learn more about our experts here.

 

Why do we crave comfort foods when we're stressed?

We’ve all been there. You’re at work, you’re busy, you’re not hungry...but the pull of the vending machine is irresistible. There’s no denying quick, processed snacks often have little to no nutritional value, but when we are stressed, they’re often the first thing we reach for.

In reality, choosing to consume unhealthy snacks in moments of stress is a form of emotional eating. When we experience the strong emotions of anxiety and fear, we’re wired to seek something soothing and comforting. For humans, food is one of the most basic sources of comfort, and unhealthy foods full of sugar and carbs give us almost immediate gratification.

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