How to Stop Your 3pm Chocolate Cravings

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How to Stop Your 3pm Chocolate Cravings

Get rid if your chocolate craving

Get rid of your chocolate craving

We’ve all experienced how chocolate cravings work: you get into the habit regularly having chocolate or other sweets day after day, then you wind up craving them more and more. This is especially true if you develop a habit of eating or drinking sugary snacks like chocolate at specific times of day, or in certain locations that you begin to associate with having these treats.

One of the biggest triggers for chocolate cravings? Being low on energy in the office during the afternoon and looking for chocolate as a quick “pick-me-up”.

Why does a reliance on chocolate form? A chocolate or sugar addiction can partially form out of pure habit, but it can also become a physical and psychological addiction. The reason for this is because of the affects that sugar has on the body – a diet high in sugar foods that have high scores on the glycemic index wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, leading to insulin spikes and dips that zap your energy.

Chocolate also triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter which literally makes us feel happier. This cycle makes us crave more, but too much processed chocolate is problematic because most types lack any nutrients and provides a high amount of calories. The worst part is calories from processed chocolates are “empty” and do not provide you with any form of lasting energy.

How to Get Your Chocolate Fix in a Healthier Way

First things first, you need to take a close look at your diet to see what might be causing you to “crash” in the afternoon and crave sugar. Usually this is a result of unbalanced blood sugar levels that cause fluctuations in energy throughout the day.

To get your blood sugar under control and squash your chocolate cravings for good, follow these tips:

  • Eat more healthy fats and proteins throughout the day – these help control blood glucose (sugar) levels and keep you full. They also supply ongoing energy and prevent you from becoming tired and moody. Especially avoid eating a high-sugar breakfast which sets you up for cravings and fatigue later on.

 

  • Have a healthier sweet treat instead – when a chocolate craving strikes, you can substitute whole pieces of fruit instead, or try baking your own homemade healthy treats. Using “whole food” ingredients like dark chocolate, almond flour, fruit, nuts or coconut flour in baked goods keeps the sugar content low while still appeasing your sweet tooth.

 

  • Look for the best chocolate possible – if you’re going to keep chocolate in your diet, make it the best kind possible. Look for organic, dark chocolate that is at least 60% cocoa (ideally even higher around 70-80%). The higher the percentage of cocoa, the lower the sugar content. And usually just a small amount of the real, dark stuff goes a long way to satisfying your cravings. Good quality dark chocolate even has antioxidants and some health benefits!

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