Ways to Control Sugar & Carb Cravings

control sugar and carb cravings

If you’re craving sugar, here are some ways to tame those cravings.

  1. Give in a little.

Eat a bit of what you’re craving, maybe a small cookie or a fun-size candy bar. Enjoying a little of what you love can help you steer clear of feeling denied. Try to stick to a 150-calorie threshold.

  1. Combine foods.

If the idea of stopping at a cookie or a baby candy bar seems impossible, you can still fill yourself up and satisfy a sugar craving, too. Dip a banana in chocolate sauce or mix some almonds with chocolate chips. As a beneficial bonus, you’ll satisfy a craving and get healthy nutrients from those good-for-you foods.

  1. Take action

Cutting out all simple sugars works for some people, although – the initial 48 to 72 hours are tough. Some people find that taking action helps their cravings diminish after a few days; others find they may still crave sugar but over time are able to train their taste buds to be satisfied with less.

  1. Grab some gum.

If you want to avoid giving in to a sugar craving completely, try chewing a stick of gum. Research has shown that chewing gum can reduce food cravings.

  1. Reach for fruit.

Keep fruit handy for when sugar cravings hit. You’ll get fiber and nutrients along with some sweetness. And stock up on foods like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Have them handy so you reach for them instead of reaching for the old [sugary] something.

  1. Get up and go.

When a sugar craving hits, walk away. Take a walk around the block or [do] something to change the scenery, to take your mind off the food you’re craving.

  1. Choose quality over quantity.

If you need a sugar splurge, pick a wonderful, decadent sugary food. But keep it small. For example, choose a perfect dark chocolate truffle instead of a king-sized candy bar, then savor every bite – slowly. Don’t swear off favorites – you’ll only come back for greater portions. Learn to incorporate small amounts in the diet but concentrate on filling your stomach with less sugary and [healthier] options.

  1. Eat regularly.

Waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that cut your hunger. Instead, eating every three to five hours can help keep blood sugar stable and help you “avoid irrational eating behavior. Your best bets? Choose protein, fiber-rich foods like whole grains and produce.


To control food, especially sugar cravings, is not easy. Therefore we recommend that you have a look at your diet first. The Manna Diet is a very good example of a low-GI diet which you can follow for the rest of your life.

If you get bloated when eating certain foods or if you struggle with constipation, you might have a digestive health problem. Digestive bacteria and enzymes normally get damaged by chemical medication, high levels of stress and poor diet, which can lead to these symptoms. The “bad” bacteria in the digestive tract thrive on sugar (glucose), which can be the cause of your sugar cravings.

When you struggle with digestive health, you can forget to lose weight.

We recommend the Manna GUT Support to help reinstate healthy bacteria and essential enzymes. Together with the GUT Support, we also recommend the Manna Diet and the Manna Blood Sugar Support to help control cravings.

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