The thought of quitting sugar for life gives most people the chills. Let’s face it, we’re all addicted to the chocolate creamy goodness of a Snickers Bar or a slice of cake. It truly seems like an impossible task because sweet treats kind of taste like a slice of heaven, don’t they? That’s not necessarily a bad thing either. It’s totally okay to indulge every now and then. But if you really want to quit sugar altogether, then here are 6 super sweet ways to do it.
Find A Few Substitutes
Look. We get it. Many of us would rather give up our significant others than break up with our favorite sweetie. We’re talking about sugar, of course. But when you do get a craving for something sweet, try going for something healthier like a cup of peppermint tea, a fruit salad, or sweet potato fries. Just go easy on the salt for that last one. In time, these substitutes will help keep you centered when your sugar cravings kick in.
When All Else Fails, Ask Questions
Next time you go out to a fancy restaurant, ask the waiter what’s in the food you ordered. While you’re at it, take a quick look at the menu. Some restaurants may tell you what they put in their main dishes, so read carefully because sugar comes in a bunch of different names like corn syrup, dextrose, maltose and more. So do your due diligence, so you don’t end up eating something full of sugar. Oh, and while you’re at it, say no to dips and sauces, they’re loaded with insane amounts of sugar, too!
But You Might Need To Meditate A Lot
Sugar gives us a temporary boost of energy. So now that you’ve cleansed yourself of processed sugar, you’re probably feeling a little run-down. We suggest you try meditating on a daily basis. It will improve your mood when you’re feeling drained and a little sad. It might sound a bit new age-y but your mood will thank you for it.
Check In With Yourself Regularly
We’re all running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. So, by the time we get home, we feel as though sugary stuff is our only solution to re-energize our run-down minds and bodies. But doctors recommend you take a moment or two throughout the day to check in with yourself. Ask yourself how you’re feeling. Think of it as a personal assessment to find what’s causing you to stress out rather than turning to sugar. If necessary, cancel a few plans.
But Change Your Views On Sugar
When we label food as “bad,” we tend to want them more and more. What can we say? We’re all a bunch of masochists. So, try telling yourself that you’re not cutting sugar because it’s bad but rather because it’s the best thing for your health right now. You’ll see how this change in perspective will help you stay sugar-free.
And Finally, Stay Active
When you detox from sugar, your body will go out of whack because it misses this delicious ingredient. But you can counter the sugar withdrawals by exercising. Try running 30 minutes a day. Take your bike out for a ride or do some weight training at the gym four times a week. This will help your brain release fun chemicals like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine which will keep the sugar cravings away and prevent you from going cray-cray.