Kicking the sugar addiction is tough, but not as tough as handling other addictions, such as tobacco, drugs or alcohol. What you What I Learned About Breaking the Sugar Habit What I Learned About Breaking the Sugar Habitmust learn is how to control your hand so it does not put sugar in your mouth.
Here are some suggestions that may help you – I have tried all of them and have succeeded at most of these suggestions.
1. Recognize that sugar is addicting and therefore, it does control you to a degree. For example, if you cannot work or relax without eating sugar, you are addicted. Ask yourself, “Do I like being addicted to a substance?” If not, make a ‘radical decision’ to break the habit. No temptation is stronger than your personal will power and self-determinism.
2. Get creative with your food. For example, buy a yogurt maker, ice cream maker or a juicer to prepare your own sugar-free snacks and drinks. Visit the health-food store; try a natural food restaurant or buy a sugar-free cookbook and take advantage of the great recipes.
Find substitutes to satisfy the sugar urge. For example: eat more fresh fruits (beware some fruits have large amounts of sugar) and add more vegetables to your diet to stop the craving for sugar – eating more vegetables worked for me.
3. Prepare your own food instead of eating prepared foods. Foods that usually contain sugar include canned soup, store bread, food from fast-food restaurants, salad dressing, sauces, gravy, cough drops, sushi rice, protein bars, flavored yogurt, frozen meals and breakfast cereals.
4. I always read the ingredients label on the foods I buy. Sugar comes in many forms and is called many names including corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, fructose, lactose and glucose. You should pay close attention to how many grams of sugar are in the food.
For example, one protein bar may have 29 grams of sugar while another has 3 grams of sugar. You can also try healthy foods that you have never tried before to add variety and interest to your diet. For example: a new type of fish, exotic vegetables or tasty cheeses.
6. Exercise (my favorite). Stretch out your muscles, get your heart pumping and fill your lungs with fresh air every day. It will help to strengthen your ability to control your body.
7. Get educated. There are several excellent books on the market, written by doctors and help care professionals that explain the effects of sugar on all types of health conditions. The more you known, the more control you can take over your sugar addiction.
8. Try different combinations of vitamins until you find that combination that helps stop sugar cravings as well as make you feel healthier. For example, 500 milligrams of vitamin C might calm you down or might pep you up – see what works for you.
9. Use a gradual approach. If you make too many changes to your diet at once, the shock may force you to give up on your ‘radical decision’. You may get better long-term results if you make one change, get used to that change, make another change, get used to it and so on. For example, start by eating no sugar in your lunches and later move on to dinner then breakfast.
Much of my success has been by my making a ‘radical decision’ to do something. I lost 55 lbs, rebranded myself, reinvent my business model and wrote a life changing book that is an Amazon Best Seller Fit, Fine & Fabulous in Career, Business and Life – and yes by changing my sugar habits and taking it to a whole new level I am a whole new person who has achieved success the old fashion way: one step at a time.
© Copyright 2013 Laureen Wishom