Last week I wrote about Sugar Addiction and mentioned that I’d write this week about ways to reduce or eliminate sugar.
Some people think it is easy to give up or eliminate sugar, but…
Is it REALLY EASY?
It depends — how addicted are you?
No matter how little or a lot you are addicted to sugar, the cravings don’t go away overnight, but they do eventually go away.
Listed below are some tips to curb sugar cravings and reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet —
- Add some fresh or frozen fruit instead of sugar or sugar substitutes to your favorite oatmeal or cereal.
- Eat protein and fat-rich whole foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, full-fat dairy products, avocados, and nuts.
- Don’t keep sugar in the house. You’re more likely to eat those sugary snacks when it is readily available. Instead, search for the fruit or nuts.
- Avoid low-fat foods that are typically higher in sugar content. Instead, eat full-fat foods.
- Eat whole foods. Most processed foods are filled with hidden sugars. There are more than 50.
- Avoid snack foods that are often labeled “healthy” as they often contain more sugar than you might think.
- Ditch the sugary drinks and drink water instead. Flavor it with fruits, mint, and some veggies like cucumbers.
- Replace high sugar condiments such as ketchup and barbecue sauces. Try salsa, mustard, or hot sauce.
- Although fruit contains sugar, it’s a natural alternative to high sugar desserts such as cookies or pastries, so grab an apple instead.
Things to know about a sugar detox. (The Sugar Flu)
The decision to reduce and/or cut sugar can result in withdrawal symptoms, such as …
- Depressed mood
- Sleep pattern changes
- Cravings for sugar and other foods
Rest assured, these symptoms will go away.
If you choose to go on a sugar cleanse, let me know how it goes.
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