How To Kick Sugar To The Curb

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Raw_cane_sugar_lightIf you love sugar, you are sleeping with an enemy that can hurt your diet. Refined sugar has been linked to increased possibility of obesity, heart disease, and stroke, as well as having an effect on how quickly you age. Sugar is an incredibly addictive substance that the brain finds hard to resist once it has been added to your diet. In order to get rid of sugar, you essentially need to kick the addiction and re-train your taste buds to live without it. Here are a few simple strategies that will help you get off your sugar kick for good:

No more soda: The ideal plan is to go on a 28-day soda quitting plan, but that can be tough for many people. If you don’t think you can make it that long, try a week to begin with.

Complex carbs: While not as obvious as soda or candy, refined carbs such as white bread, rice, and pasta all contain large quantities of sugar. Making the switch to whole grains will eliminate a lot of sugar from your diet.

Check labels: Allow yourself a little extra time when grocery shopping so that you can read all the labels. You will be surprised at how much sugar is in all the things that you buy. If you cannot fully eliminate all the foods with sugar, at least try to steer clear of the worst offenders.

Eat fruit: If you need something sweet, a piece of fruit can serve as a great substitute for candy. The fiber in fruit makes it more difficult for your body to process the sugar, which means you won’t get that sugar spike.

Get sweet with spice: Vanilla or cinnamon both serve as great ways to add a little bit of sweetness to your tea or coffee, negating the need for sugar.

Drink water: Staying hydrated is always a good idea, but a glass of water can help reduce cravings when they hit.

Say no to artificial: Switching to artificial sweeteners may increase your problem, as they often make you crave the real stuff even more.

Get moving: If you are feeling sluggish, try to get some exercise in. You will feel better, and all kinds of toxins will be flushed out of your system with just 30 minutes of exercise.

Reduce condiment use: Ketchup, dressings, and sauces are generally all very high in added sugar content. Look for a low sugar option to your favorites, or consider making the switch to a hot sauce, which has less sugar.

Don’t go hungry: When you get to the point of being overly hungry, a sugary snack often seems like the best idea. Time out you daily meals filled with lean protein, fresh vegetables, and fiber, as this will help make you feel full throughout the day.

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