Sugar addicts come in all shapes and sizes. Yogis, vegans, Paleos, athletes — anyone can be drawn to the sweet stuff.
I should know: I was a total sugar addict. In the height of my full-blown habit, I popped hard candy and lollipops like a chain smoker with a pack-a-day habit. Five lollipops eaten one after the other? No problem. It took me over 10 years to end the addiction, mostly because I didn't understand why I was so addicted and how to move beyond it.
I thought giving up sugar was all about willpower. I didn't consider how my stress levels or diet factored into my cravings. I didn't understand how much of my sugar addiction was driven by habit. I didn't realize that by shifting the focus to what I could add to my diet — rather than focusing on what was taken away — my sweet tooth would be much easier to manage.
When I learned how to reduce my cravings for sugar, I saw so many positive changes. I had more energy, I needed less caffeine to get through the day, and I even lost a few pounds.
If you have a wild sweet tooth like I once did, or if you just want to manage a small sugar habit better, there are a few foods that I found really helped me curb my cravings. Here are nine items to add to your cart next time you're at the grocery store: