Dr. Oz's 14-Day Plan to Shut Down Sugar Cravings

Stop your sugar cravings in two weeks by reprogramming your brain to crave new foods.

Dr. Oz's 14-Day Plan to Shut Down Sugar Cravings

Eat Slow Carbs with Protein and a Healthy Fat at Every Meal

This power combo shuts off sugar cravings by keeping your blood sugar from spiking, which sends a message to your brain that you’re full so you don’t reach for sugar. You should eat this combo every three hours.

Put slow carbs on half of your plate. They’re high in fiber and low-glycemic so they won’t spike your blood sugar.


Best slow carbs:

  • Nonstarchy vegetables like broccoli and asparagus
  • Low-sugar fruits like apples, grapefruit and dried apricots
  • Lentils and beans like chickpeas
  • Fiber-rich grains like oatmeal and quinoa
  • Put a healthy fat on a quarter of your plate. They contain fiber and satiate you.

Best healthy fats:

  • A small handful of nuts
  • About 10 olives
  • A quarter of an avocado

Eat at Least One Serving of Dairy in the Early Afternoon

For most people, sugar cravings hit between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The tryptophan in dairy will trigger your brain to feel calm the way sugar does, so you can stave off cravings before they hit.

Best sources of dairy:

  • A cup of milk
  • One and a half ounces of hard cheese like cheddar, Swiss or Parmesan
  • A cup of Greek yogurt

Add Some Salt

A tiny pinch of salt can enhance the natural sweetness in foods, especially fresh fruit because it opens up your tongue’s sweet taste buds. Replace the sweet snacks you go for during the day with low-sugar fruit topped with a pinch of salt to get a burst of sweetness without triggering your brain to want more. Snack on this two times a day.

Low-sugar fruits:

  • Grapefruit
  • Green apple
  • Pear

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

Keep Reading Show less