How to beat that sugar addiction.
Do you have a sugar addiction? Are you ready to kick the habit once and for all? If you feel sugar is ruling your diet, then try these tips to gain back control over your health. Remember, small tiny changes will have a massive impact on your overall well-being.
*Try eating protein in the morning. By eating protein in the morning, you fuel your body the right way and help yourself to curb cravings throughout the rest of the day.
*Try keeping a food log. Trying to be more mindful of what you’re eating and what time you mostly go for the sugar can help you to figure out the best way to break those habits. After you establish that, then start to monitor how you feel after you eat certain things.
*Try choosing smarter sweets. When you begin to make better choices, try opting for healthier desserts, and even some fresh fruit to curb a sweet craving. Your palate will adjust and soon enough, some things will actually begin to taste too sweet.
*Say goodbye to soda. If you have soda as a staple, then it is time to say goodbye. Start by swapping it for some fruit juice or unsweetened ice teas. Then you can begin to transition to water.
*Begin to learn about hidden sugars. Sugar has many sneaky aliases, like sucrose, dextrose, rice syrup, corn syrup, etc. The more you know, the more you’ll be able to identify it when it tried to sneak into your food.
*Cut back slow. Trying to cut back cold turkey is dangerous and may send your body into shock, making you have worse cravings. Start to slowly remove a little bit of sugar at a time, and opt for more natural sweeteners and healthier desserts while you transition out of sugar.
*Go for the whole grains. Swap your refined carbs for whole grains; refined carbohydrates have the same physiological effect on your body as sugar, and many times there is hidden sugar in them too. Try brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, and buckwheat.
*Begin to read your labels. You need to read your labels on all your food. Even savory foods, like marinara sauce, can have added sugar. Check everything. You do not want sugar to be in the top five in the list of ingredients.
*Analyze your grocery list. Start by taking a look at the things you are buying every week. Then try to determine what you can start losing and replacing. If you notice a lot of sugary items on your list, then it’s time to make a change. Also, make sure you stick to your grocery list when you go shopping. Don’t be tempted by candy and chocolate on the endcaps and checkout lanes. Try to shop in only the outside aisle.
*Get out. Sometimes when you feel like you don’t have self-control, you need to just step away. Throw the stuff away that you can’t keep yourself away from. Just get it out of your fridge, cabinets, and pantry. Donate it or have another family member eat it, but whatever you do, don’t just hide it. You will find it.
*Don’t buy packaged foods. For the most part, packaged foods have lots and lots of added sugar. Make food at home so you can control exactly what is going in your body.
*Stick it out. It takes 21 days to break a habit. Once added and processed sugar is out of your diet completely, stick it out. It will be worth it in the end.
*Add more movement. Movement will help eliminate sugar from your system. Go for walks or do a workout. Do anything to add in some extra movement.
*Drink up. Drink a lot of water. Drinking more water can add volume to your blood and dilute sugar, which will aid you in your detox process.
*Add some spice to your life. Cinnamon and vanilla give the perception of sweetness without the added sugar. You can add them to coffee, oats and much more.
*Skip artificial sweeteners. These can be just as bad as sugar for your body and may induce cravings. While you’re transitioning out of sugar addiction, try honey or organic maple syrup to start breaking the habit.
*Never go hungry. No matter how busy your days are, don’t go hungry. Plan snacks and meals in advance so you don’t have a dip in blood sugar or reach for those dreaded sweets for your quick fix.