To beat your sugar addiction, commit to 30.

Diet & Nutrition

The news is everywhere – sugar is highly addictive and really, really bad for you. But people just can’t seem to stop craving it. Sound like another habit you know? That’s right, smoking. And like smoking, people are waking up to the dangers of sugar after years of denial and trying to break their sugar cycle.

So what’s the first step to limiting your sugar addiction? Commit to 30 days. It will take about a month for your brain chemistry to readjust and the sugar cravings to stop. But you can do it! And the health benefits are well worth the effort.

If you are trying to eliminate high-sugar and hidden-sugar foods – take a page from the Quit Smoking playbook. These tips can also help you quit your sugar habit.

  • Plan a date to quit. Give yourself a month or so to prepare, both mentally and to purge your pantry (don’t forget the ketchup). But set a date and stick to it.
  • Tell your family and friends about what you are doing, why and ask for their support.
  • Exercise. Walking 30 minutes a day is a good goal during your prep month. Exercise releases the same mood hormones that eating sugar does. After your quit date quick 5 minute walks  can be added in to your new routine to boost your mood when sugar craving strike.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Have healthy snacks handy for cravings.
  • Stay away from places of high temptation at first.
  • Write down some reasons you are doing this and post them as reminders—on the fridge, in the pantry.

Unlike quitting smoking – you can never completely eliminate sugar from your diet. And there are plenty of sources of natural sugar (raw fruits) that you should still feel free to enjoy. So don’t feel like you have to do it all at once. Start with a few areas (like your coffee or breakfast cereals) and build from there.

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