The Fall is not all about Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL as it's know in Latte circles). It's the start of sugar season, beginning in October with Halloween and usually ending with a crash landing after New Year's. It might be a little early to start talking about sugar since Halloween is not for a few weeks, but that is exactly one of the reasons to start now. (See tip #1.)
Tip #1 Be preemptive about sugar cravings. Remember to keep your blood sugar in check by eating throughout the day and not skipping meals. You need to have a healthy mix of macronutrients, proteins, fats (good fats, avocados, nuts) and carbohydrates (not pasta, but the carbohydrates naturally found in vegetables and fruits). As your blood sugar drops, the body wants a quick fix of glucose and the fastest hit is sugar. Don't skip meals. Try to eat every 4-5 hours. Staying hydrated will help as well because thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
Tip #2 Eat fruit if you are craving sugar or find a suitable healthy alternative such as a few dates. Fruit has been given a bad reputation because some are high in fructose. Someone once told me that eating a banana is the same as eating white bread. Umm, no, I think I'd rather opt for the banana. It is better to have watermelon than a piece of candy or some junk food any day. Fruit has fiber, which moves through the body quickly not to mention that it has other vitamins and minerals. Other alternatives could include making a cup of almond milk with cacao powder and a dash or mint extract or creating your own no sugar pumpkin spice latte (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)? Try eating something bitter. It drowns out your need to eat sugar.
Tip # 3 Get to the root of why you are reaching for sugar? Is it happening at the same time every day? Are you stressed or upset about something? Are you not getting enough sleep? Try not to give in to the temptation, as it becomes a slippery slope to go down. If you go down that rabbit hole, bring yourself right out of it, dust yourself off, be kind to yourself and arm yourself with #1 and #2 and try again tomorrow. We have all been there, but if it continues to happen, you may want to speak with a professional to address the triggers. The taste of sugar will change in your mouth the longer you stay off of it. Eventually, you might even get jitters and headaches from it after a prolonged absence, which will help you better self-regulate. When is comes to sugar, absence does not make the heart grow fonder.