How to Kick the Sugar Habit
Sugar is in everything. It’s pretty hard to avoid these days so our average intake is way higher than it should be. Along with being the leading cause of type 2 diabetes, it also lowers the function of white blood cells, has links to different types of cancer and generally leaves you feeling not at your best. People who have cut down on or completely cut out sugar often comment on how energized they feel and how much easier it is to get through a long day. Here’s some tips for kicking the sugar habit.
Re-think Your Grocery List
If you’re buying a lot of ready-made meals and sugary snacks, it may be time to re-think what you’re buying. Processed foods are the worst for sugar content so you should avoid them like the plague. If you’re having trouble with finding the time to cook, try using some free time on the weekends to do most of your prep work. You can chop up a weeks’ worth of roasting vegetables within an hour. Don’t be tempted to buy chocolate and sweets to keep in the cupboard for guests or ‘emergencies’. If it’s there you will eat it! Out of sight, out of mind.
Replace What You’ve Lost
A smoker doesn’t quit without any help. They are offered nicotine patches, chewing gum and other ways of relieving their cravings while coming through the initial stages. It’s the same for any kind of addiction. When it comes to sugar, you need to replace refined sugars with natural sugars, like those found in fruit. You may want to take a look at some of the tips and advice from places like boulder co. Get yourself a good selection of fruits and when you feel the need for a sugary snack, grab an apple instead of a bar of chocolate.
Make Your Own
Store bought sauces and dressings come with a shocking amount of sugar included. If you use sauces in your cooking on a regular basis, you may find it valuable to make your own. Why not try out this recipe for pasta sauce? You can also start making smoothies or juicing your fruit and veg to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients in your diet. When you switch from unhealthy eating to healthy eating, you’ll be surprised how quickly you notice the changes.
Treat Yourself Once in a While
Once you’ve gone without sugar for a few weeks, you could slowly start to introduce it back into your diet. After all, it’s not something you need to completely avoid. However, by this time you should be able to control how much you’re eating and how often. For example, if you go out for a meal once a week, it’s okay to treat yourself to dessert. It doesn’t mean you can demolish a box of chocolates every time you have a bad day at work.
With the amount of sugar put into our foods, it has become no less than an addiction for many. Kick the habit and watch the results take place.
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