I love chocolate, sugar in my coffee, and a donut on Sunday morning, but after going through cancer I had to find a way to completely avoid sugar (cancer loves sugar). These healthy alternatives and tips will help you kick your sugar craving to the curb, for good. They worked for me
Naturally Sweet: Keep lots of strawberries, grapes, raspberries, and other fresh fruit in the kitchen. While some fruit can have a slightly tangy taste, like kiwi or oranges, many fresh fruits are just oozing natural sugars. Blackberries, blueberries, and black grapes are great sources of healthy sugars. Your waistline and your health will be all the better for it.
Spring Clean: Spring clean your kitchen cabinets and while you’re at it, throw away any sugary sweets. After about a week of no sugar, you won’t miss it so much. It’s like kicking any bad habit; the first couple of days are the worst but pretty soon you won’t even want to eat that junk. If you really want to get healthy, don’t stop with the sugar. Throw away any foods with preservatives while you’re at it.
Exercise: Did you know that eating sugar causes your brain to release “feel good” chemicals? So does exercise. The next time you want a sugary snack, make yourself get up and exercise for five minutes. When you finish, you’ll feel so good about yourself you won’t want the sugar. Exercise makes me want to eat healthy.
Eat Small Meals and Snacks: Eat little healthy snacks or 6 small meals per day. When you do this, your blood sugar doesn’t do the ‘rollercoaster’ thing. Often people crave a quick sugary pick me up because their blood sugar has dipped dramatically. If you eat throughout the day, your blood sugar will stay at a more even keel.
Give In: If you cannot stand another minute without something sweet, keep something like chocolate chips from the health food store in the kitchen. Have a few chips with some salty nuts, dip a piece of fruit in some melted chips, or let a couple melt in your mouth. Just remember, the first 2 or 3 days are the worst! It gets better.
Sweet Snacks: You can also make sweet snacks that are healthier using applesauce. Applesauce from the supermarket is generally laden with sugars. Either make your own or buy some at your local organic store. Check out some of the recipes on Yummly that use applesauce. Some use sugar in the recipe but you can omit the sugar or use stevia instead. I love applesauce cake. It’s so moist and really delicious.
Water: Drink a lot of water if you’re serious about kicking the sugar habit. It’s just like when you quit smoking or any other bad habit. You need to wash the sugars out of your body as quickly as you can to feel better faster.
Addictive: Sometimes, one of the best tools can be to think positive thoughts. Tell yourself you don’t need sugar! You hate it! It’s destroying your body! Seriously, studies have been done that say that sugar is just as addictive as cocaine. Other studies suggest that big food companies put sugars in just about everything. Why? So that we like the taste and keep coming back for more; wrecking our bodies but making them rich. Do you want anything to have that much control over your life? Check out this video about what happens to your brain on sugar.
You can do it! If you do all of these things, kicking your sugar habit to the curb isn’t going to be as tough as you thought it would be.
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