5 Tips For How To Quit A Sugar Addiction

5 Tips to Quit Your Sugar AddictionSugar is super addictive. And as a past sugar addict I know how hard it can be to kick the habit. Our bodies are designed to crave sugar as it was once difficult to find as we hunted and foraged for our food. But these days sugar is everywhere and in everything and so your body may be overloaded with the stuff and this can have a really disastrous effect on your health.

So if you’re like I was, you probably already know that sugar doesn’t make you feel good. Are you ready to finally quit sugar for good or you’re just toying with the idea that your life would be better without sugar? So here are some awesome benefits of actually quitting sugar once and for all.

  • Increased energy – no more sugar highs and crashes, without sugar you will have more sustained energy throughout the day
  • Lose weight – often when people quit sugar they not only feel great but also start to lose some weight as their diet improves
  • Save money – do you know how many products sugar is in? But cutting back on packaged foods and sugary snacks and moving to whole foods you may actually find you spend less on your grocery bills.
  • You will eat more fruit & vegetables which means you will start to improve nutrient deficiencies and get those essential vitamins & minerals into you that your body needs!
  • Reduced cost of health care – yep sugar has been linked to so many diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Quitting sugar now is investing in your health into the future. Tweet this!

Ok so we know we need to quit sugar but how do we go about it?

Sugar cravings can be extremely hard to resist. So here are some tips to get your through those first tough couple of weeks. Remember however that it’s just those first couple of weeks where the cravings are strongest. As you start to feel better and better it will become easier to avoid sugar and make healthier food choices.

My 5 Tips to Help You Quit Sugar

1.Get excited & share with a friend

Quitting sugar is hard and so choose a day you are going to start and get excited about it. Think of it as a step in a super positive direction for your life and share with a friend or close family member you plan to quit sugar so they can help keep you accountable. Write down why you are quitting sugar so that you can remind yourself of your desire to feel healthy and energized when those cravings hit.

2. Watch your Beverages

There are so many sugar laden beverages out there that can totally derail your sugar quitting efforts. So stay away from the obvious ones such as soda. But also be mindful of:
a. the sugar in your coffee or tea
b. smoothies & juices – these can be full of sugar
c. flavored mineral waters – these seem healthy but can be similar to a soda
d. juices – some juices can have the same amount of sugar as a soda so make sure you check what type of juice you are buying
e. diet sodas – ok so these don’t have sugar but they can actually increase sugar cravings and derail your efforts as well as being linked to a whole range of serious health issues so just stay away!

3. Make sure you are eating enough

Don’t try and quit sugar and diet at the same time. Quitting sugar is hard enough and you will already be transforming your health just by removing this ingredient. So make sure you fill up completely at each meal with lots of healthy options. Add in lots of greens and meals high in fiber with some protein and healthy fats keep you full for longer. Also add in some sour foods to your meals such as sauerkraut or kimchi. Not only are they great for your gut health but sour foods also squash a sugar craving!

4. Learn how to make some healthy substitutes

Feeling deprived will just make your cravings worse. So learn how to make some healthy sugar free desserts or homemade alternatives to some of your favorite sugar laden meals. This way you will have something to grab and stop feeling deprived. Try my maca-choc truffles for a healthy treat that’s super easy to make and will give you an energy boost.

5. Drink Water

I can’t emphasise enough how important drinking water is. Being dehydrated can totally cause cravings as your body may be making you think you are hungry when you are actually just thirsty. So especially as you detox off sugar keep up your water consumption. Keep a drink bottle or glass of water with you throughout the day so that you can keep yourself hydrated! Water also helps you feel full and flushes extra sugar out of your body!

I hope these tips help you out on your journey to quit sugar. The last thing I want to say is if you fall off the wagon, be kind to yourself. It’s a tough thing to do and so just pick yourself up and get back on track.

karenAbout the author: A keen runner, mountain biker, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast, Karen started RealEnergyFood.com to share what she has learnt about creating healthy energy food on the go 🙂 Passionate about health and fitness, if she is not enjoying being outdoors she is happiest in her kitchen making delicious but healthy homemade sports supplements. With a bachelor’s degree in science and currently training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition she loves researching the best ingredients for awesome recipes to get you performing at your optimal level. Learn more at http://realenergyfood.com

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