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It’s that time of the year for celebrating traditions. The beauty of such celebrations comes in so many forms but typically food is front and center of it all. An abundance of delicious sweet treats from cakes, pies, cookies and everything in between; all of which entice you at family gatherings, office parties and during that innocent drive back home from the gym. Before you start knocking yourself down for sabotaging that kick ass workout with the artificially sweetened latte that’s only available for a limited time, know you are not alone. Many people struggle with sugar cravings all year round and by the time October comes along, they tend to fall off the wagon, especially if kids are in the picture. Personally, I’ve shamelessly had a weakness for brownies since childhood and loved that the floodgates would open on Halloween. But as someone who had to overcome a massive sweet tooth and coaches women with the same, I can say that it’s challenging but not impossible to halt sugar cravings. Sugar is disguised in so many foods that it’s virtually inescapable. We know that it is highly addictive and overconsumption leads to a host of health problems including obesity. This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to understand how to control your cravings for sugar. I believe life is too beautiful and precious to not enjoy the simple pleasures that come with it. Great food, in my opinion is one of those pleasures but it’simportant to know oneself and what the body truly needs to thrive. Too much sugar is not one of those things and there are ways to enjoy traditional festivities and avoid falling off the wagon or at least not falling too hard off of it. Here are some tips that have worked for me and could work for you as well without deprivation or throwing away the hard work you’ve put in at the gym:

Eat whole foods: begin your day with a protein packed breakfast and fresh fruit. Nature’s Candy: make fresh fruit your go-to treat when a sugar fix haunts you (try this daily until it becomes habit) Opt for Sugar Alternatives: natural sweeteners such as agave nectar or honey are great alternatives Tongue Scraping: Get to know and become comfortable with the art of tongue scraping. Sound a bit woo-woo? Tongue scraping is an Ayurvedic practice easily adaptable into any self-care routine. Benefits include getting rid of build up and odor causing bacteria on the tongue as well as diminishing sugar and salt cravings. Simply enjoy sweet treats in moderation: Of course wholesome choices are ideal, however, strict deprivation will increase the desire for sugar even more and thereby igniting an endless cycle of sugar cravings. Like any new act, repetition of that act will lead to a habit. If you find the tips above sensible enough to be habit-forming, you’ll know what to try when your sugar cravings arise. Get to know your body intimately and take notice of when you crave sugar the most. Observe how you feel when you give it something wholesomely sweet instead of an unhealthy option.~ Be Well About: Judy Finelli is a Health & Lifestyle Coach for women as well as a writer, blogger and budding food phtographer. She lives in NY with her husband and two children. Follow her on Intagram @mamiwellness and visit her website

The GG Mag - issue ix  
The GG Mag - issue ix