Afternoon Sugar Craving Hacks Every Working Woman Should Know
There are several reasons why sugar cravings seem to hit that much harder when you’re at work; the café just downstairs (the one with the best lemon tarts), the always-in-reach office vending machine, and the co-workers who indulge their sweet tooth on the daily. These are just a few of the triggers we face every day, making it very difficult to resist the call of a delicious cronut when our willpower is low.
As hard as it may be to imagine a world in which you never gave in to insatiable sugar cravings, according to Vogue, it is possible. Yep, even when you’re surrounded by sugar enablers. All you need up your sleeve is a trio of nutritionist-approved hacks (and maybe this sugar-free cookbook, $25) to help you resist the sweet stuff.
Keep scrolling for the sugar craving hacks you need to know!
Hack #1: Eat Protein for Lunch
We know that eating a healthy breakfast is essential in preventing afternoon sugar cravings, but nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot says lunch is actually more important: “A lunch that contains fibre and protein will keep you full and happy all afternoon.” Zuckerbrot nominates a mixed green salad topped with broccoli, hearts of palm (a great source of complex carbohydrates), and protein as her idea of a perfect midday dish. She also suggests adding avocado to help keep you fuller for longer.
Hack #2: Drink More Water
The benefits of keeping your body hydrated are well-known (and much discussed), but what you may not have realised is that sipping water between meals can help you avoid overeating and snacking. Dehydration can mimic hunger pangs, so down a glass or two of H20 before you decide whether you’re truly hungry for Maltesers (or just thirsty).
Hack #3: Don’t Chew Gum
We found this one the most surprising—subbing in gum for a sweet snack is a popular method for resisting sugar. Zuckerbrot says it's actually not a great method for fighting cravings: “Contrary to popular belief, chewing sugar-free gum actually increases hunger, as it causes your body to produce insulin, encouraging you to eat carbs and crave sugar.”