When a client wants to break his or her sugar cravings, I start by asking if their cravings feel emotional, habitual, physical, or a combination of all three. It’s essential to understand the source of the craving as each type requires a different strategy for breaking it.
Emotional cravings are tied to your state of mind. An example is rewarding yourself with a cookie for making it through a tough day.
A habitual craving occurs when sugar is associated with an event. Foraging through your co-worker's candy drawer at 3pm everyday can be a habitual craving.
A physical craving feels visceral and out of your control. From my experience as a nutritionist, these are four physical reasons why you may be craving sugar and what to do about it.