We all know that sugar is bad for you. It’s linked to obesity, increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and causes all sorts of problems from liver damage to depression and heart disease. Quitting sugar, or curbing your intake is the best step you can take towards healthy eating.
My post: What To Expect When You Quit Sugar For A Month gives you the lowdown on how you’ll feel from withdrawal symptoms to the change in your taste buds.
But quitting isn’t easy. Follow these 6 tips to help you quit your sugar addiction right now!
Clear Out The Cupboards
It’s far easier to commit to a no sugar regime if your house is free of sugary treats. Start reading labels and clear out everything that contains refined sugar.
Go Cold Turkey
Think you can just cut back on the sugary stuff? Have you tried? For most people going cold turkey is best. It’s tough but it’s worth it.
Stock Up On Substitute Treats
It’s easier to resist cravings if you have substitutes to hand. Line up a jar of nuts next to the kettle and make sure you have plenty of go-to healthy snacks to stop you reaching for the biscuit tin.
Write Your List Of Avoidance Strategies
This one comes from David Gillespie. He suggests you write down ways of avoiding sugary temptations. What will you do if you end up in a cafe surrounded by muffins? It’s best to have an avoidance plan!
This was my bible when I quit sugar. David Gillespie’s, The Sweet Poison Quit Plan really works. It’s most effective for a real sugar addict.
It’s easier to stick to convictions, (and avoid that tempting doughnut), when you’re not ravenous. Don’t skip meals and eat every 3-5 hours.
Treat Yourself To Berries
Avoid too much natural sugar from fruit whilst you’re kicking your sugar addiction. Compared with some high fructose fruits, berries are low in sugar and high in fibre. They’re a top choice for a natural sugar treat.
I’d love to hear how you get on and what works for you. I lapse now and again and have to go back to cold turkey to get back on track. The effort is always worth it.