Hey everyone! Happy January! Today I want to talk about how to eat less sugar. Sugar is my downfall. I crave it all the time. I don’t crave salty snacks, just sugar. I could eat sugar every meal of the day. But, sugar is not good for you.
Did you know that too much sugar can not only cause you to gain weight, it can also cause diabetes? Too much sugar can also cause heart disease, high cholesterol, and faster aging. Those are some serious reasons to cut out sugar from your diet. Here are some ways to help you to reduce your sugar intake.
Don’t drink your sugar
Most drinks are full of sugar. Sodas, lattes, and juices are all packed full of extra sugar. Cut out soda, try water instead and infuse it with fruit. It will give you that sweet flavor and it won’t be full of sugar. Plus, drinking lots of water will keep you feeling full and will help to reduce your sugar cravings.
Get more sleep and lower your stress
When you are tired, you are more likely to reach for a sugary snack for a pick-me-up. Stress will also push you to reach for foods that are not good for you. One way to help lower your stress and help you sleep better would be to exercise regularly.
Try a natural sweetener
There are many ways to naturally sweeten food. I like to use honey or maple syrup to sweeten my yogurt. I replace sugar with Stevia when I bake. I also add cinnamon to fresh fruits and oatmeal. There are so many ways that you can sweeten your food without dumping in tons of sugar and they taste just as good. I actually think they taste better because when you eat it you know that it’s better for you!
Stop buying processed food
Processed food has lots of added sugar. Even foods that you wouldn’t think, like spaghetti sauce or bread have tons of extra sugar. Read food labels before you buy. Many sauces and dressings have tons of added sugar in them as well. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat, and whole foods instead of processed food.
Don’t keep treats in the house
If you have sugary treats in the house, you will be more likely to reach for them. You should throw out all sweets and replace them with healthy, whole foods for snacks.
You should eat protein at every meal. This will keep you feeling full and you will be less likely to reach for sugary treats. The most important meal is breakfast. You should start your day with a protein like eggs and bacon or greek yogurt instead of waffles, syrup, or sugary cereal.
Set a goal for yourself
If you start out with “I’m never eating sugar again,” you will probably fail. Set a small goal of cutting back sugar for 10 days or 30 days. Even allow yourself a small treat every now and then if you need to. It’s all about moderation, right? The overall goal is to cut back.
Do a cleanse
One thing that helps me to cut back on my sugar intake is doing a cleanse. This will help you to “reset” and detox your system. When I do a cleanse, it gets rid of my sugar cravings and keeps them away for a very long time. It makes me feel healthier and promotes cleaner eating habits. It is 10 days, so it’s short enough that you can commit to it, and long enough that your body responds to it. While on the cleanse, you don’t eat sugar, so it helps to not only reset your body’s cravings, but also your mind’s cravings as well. You get in a healthier mindset. The cleanse that works for me is the Advocare Herbal Cleanse. It’s super simple to do, and it really works. For more information about this cleanse, check out my review. You can get your own Advocare cleanse here.
Start today and get yourself to a healthy state!