Sugar can be addictive and hard to eat in moderation. Many of the processed foods on the market have some form of sugar in it. The worst part is you may not even know there’s sugar in it because it’s hidden behind an uncommon name for sugar. When your consuming these sugar-laden foods on a frequent basis your body naturally craves more.
When I’m working with a client that wants to kick their sugar I teach them these tips.
Get in the habit of reading nutrition labels
Reading nutrition labels can be a real game changer in kicking a sugar habit. Knowing which ingredients to to look for is key to avoiding excess sugar consumption. The obvious one is any ingredient with the word sugar in it. This includes maple sugar, brown sugar, and coconut sugar. Other names for sugar that can be deceiving on nutrition labels are maltodextrin, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, and dextran. These are names of ingredients that most people don’t realize are actually a form of sugar. Also steer clear of any types of syrup such as high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, rice syrup, and corn syrup.
Buy desserts in single servings
When I have to go out of my way to get something it makes me really think about whether or not I really want it. When I’m craving ice cream most of the time I have to get in my car and drive to the store to get it. We rarely have ice cream in our house unless its healthy homemade ice cream. If you’re craving a treat from your local bakery go to the bakery and buy a single serving. You can even eat half of it right away and save the other half for later or share it with someone else. I’ve found that keeping sweets out of the house is one of the best ways to avoid sugar.
Eat a piece of fruit when you’re craving something sweet
Since most fruit is naturally sweet it’s the best option when you’re craving something sweet. Even though fruit has fructose in it which is still a form of sugar it also has antioxidants and fiber in it. The fiber in it not only satiates you but your body will digest it more slowly than table sugar, which helps keep your energy levels more stable.
Choose one day a week to treat yourself to your favorite sweet treat
My clients tell me this is very helpful when kicking a sugar habit. If you choose one day a week as your sweet treat day you have something to look forward to all week and you are not denying yourself the ability to eat something you enjoy on occasion. I’ve also been told by clients that after a few weeks of having a dedicated sugar day they don’t even want their treat by the time their sugar day comes around. Often times when we’re having a craving and we don’t satisfy it right away it will fade away within an hour. Most of the time it’s because we are letting our emotions drive our cravings.
If you’re having sugar addiction challenges I encourage you to incorporate one or more of these tips into your lifestyle. Try it for at least four weeks and if one of them doesn’t work choose a different one. Find the one that works best for you and let us know in the comments.
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