How can I beat sugar cravings?

I'm 6 weeks postpartum and breastfeeding my baby. My cravings for sugar are continuous! I've read that it's because hormone levels are evening out and because lack of sleep makes us want sugar to raise blood sugar levels. But I want to know how to beat the sweet tooth and get back to my normal healthy eating plan.

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Nutmeg Aspirin
By Nutmeg Aspirin
270 - Explorer
3 days ago

Hi Jamie! We opened your question up to our Instagram community and got some great responses. Here's a roundup of their tips:

Nicole Eckert
By Nicole Eckert
530 - Contributor
1 month ago

Switch to natural sweeteners only such as maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar. Also be sure to include healthy carbohydrates such as sweet potato and squashes. Limit your intake of fruits (berries are ok). It takes a few days of serious cravings, but your body will balance out!! Satisfy with healthy fats, try making some avocado pudding or energy bites with coconut oil!

Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
815 - Ambassador
1 month ago

Great response! Thanks!

Heidi Sloane
By Heidi Sloane
895 - Ambassador
2 months ago

Nuts! Carry them in a little bag in a purse. An almond and walnut mix is my go-to.

You might also play around with baking some guilt-free, sugar-free desserts and keep them on hand for when the craving strikes. I like to make oatmeal cookies and whole grain banana bread (the bananas are sweet enough!).

And if you're craving chocolate – try combining melted coconut oil, cacao and a little stevia or honey (or whatever sweetner you're okay with eating). It smears nicely on a rice cake, tortilla or toast.

Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
815 - Ambassador
2 months ago

Thanks Heidi! I just bought some new cacao powder so will definitely try that last tip. And I love nuts, too!

Nicole Re
By Nicole Re
70 - Community Member
3 months ago

Hi Jamie,

I too craved sugar while breast feeding. My belief was that I needed it because of the amount my baby was eating. I would make smoothie bowls with a little stevia and some berries. I would make energy bites with cashews, dates and shredded coconut. I would make cacao hot chocolate with stevia. Banana "nice cream". I kept it in moderation, but at least I knew I was fueling myself with nutrients while tending to the craving. Also, I know its an old saying and sometimes its hard, but sleep when ever you get a chance. Sugar cravings increase when your tired. Your body is asking for energy as you mentioned. Just honor that with new mom hood comes exhaustion. This time goes by quick... You will be able to get back to (somewhat) normal schedule as they get older. Your a great Mama wanting to be the healthiest version of yourself for your little nugget. Just take it slow.

With love,
Nicole

Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
815 - Ambassador
3 months ago

Thank you Nicole! These are fabulous tips.

Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
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3 months ago

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Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
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3 months ago

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