This being the third week in January, many people are making resolutions to improve their lives. If are a sugar addict like I was and you want to know how to wean yourself from sugar, continue reading. Yes, sugar addiction is, unfortunately, very real.
I got my sugar fix through pastries. I loved birthday cake. And if it came from Publix, I could have three or four big slices easily in a sitting. And doughnuts, oh boy, did I love those! Especially if they were freshly baked / fried because they melt in your mouth. But my love of sugar caused me to pack on the pounds. My weight tipped the scale at 286 pounds! At age 35 I became fed up with my looks and lifestyle. I knew I had to get my health under control. That meant no more sugar.
How To Wean Your From Sugar Tip #1: Remove One Sugar-Filled Food From Your Diet Completely
This step requires you to look at the food you eat everyday, find the one that contains the most sugar and stop eating it.
For many people, the top culprit is a sweetened beverage like one of the following:
- Soda / Pop
- Sweet Tea
- Fruit Juice
If this is the case, you have to remove it from your life now if you want to rid yourself of the sugar desire! Go in the kitchen and pour the beverage down the sink! I’m not kidding. Don’t worry about “wasting food” as these drinks aren’t food.
Now the above may not apply to you. Some people get their sugar from sweets like candy and/or baked goods (like cookies or cakes). Again, remove that foodstuff. I want you to treat it like the drinks above: Throw it away!
Finally, if you’re a fast food lover, that’s probably the largest source of sugar in your diet. Oh, you think your burger and fries doesn’t have that much sugar? You’re wrong! This website shows the top 35 sugariest restaurant meals and this website shows the sugar in fast food in teaspoons. Not only cutting out fast food will help out your health, but you’ll save money too!
How To Wean Your From Sugar Tip #2: Add One Low-Sugar Fruit Into Your Diet
Yes, you read the heading correctly. I don’t want you to shock your body by removing all sugar, which will make the cravings even worse. And I don’t want you to give into those cravings, undoing all your progress.
That’s why I suggest adding low-sugar fruit into your diet. These will help if you’re tempted to go back to your sugar-filled ways.
What are low-sugar fruit? Here’s a list:
- Berries (strawberry, blackberries, and raspberries)
- Apricots (fresh)
Now just because these fruits are low in sugar doesn’t mean you can eat as many as you want. If you do, you’ll end up eating more sugar. Also, most servings sizes of fruit is 1 cup, so invest in a measurement cup if you don’t have one.
Tip #3: Find An Activity To Distract Your From Sugar Cravings
Like I said, the cravings are going to come, and you can only eat 1 serving of fruit at a time. So you need another option to help with temptation: Activities!
Participating in a non-food hobby, or starting a new non-food hobby is a great way to distract yourself.
Reading a book or a magazine is a good choice. Along with going out for a walk, either by yourself or with someone else. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time. Heck, even doing the chores you put off can distract you from those sugar cravings.
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