11 Ways to get sugar out of your life
"I don't eat sweets" I hear so many people say, but sugar can sneak into our lives in so many ways causing a multitude of health issues.
Here are 11 ways to recognize and stop sugar from taking control of your health.
1. Eat regularly, for many people, if they don't eat regularly, their blood sugar levels drop, they feel hungry and are more likely to crave sweet sugary snacks.
2. Do a Cleanse my experience has been that when people do a proper cleanse, not only does it reset their appetites but it often decreases their sugar cravings. After the initial sugar cravings, which can be overwhelming, our bodies adjust and we won't even want the sugar anymore and the desire will disappear.
3. Have a breakfast of protein, fat and phytonutrients to start your day off right. Breakfast shakesare ideal for this. The typical breakfast full of carbs and sugary or starchy foods is the worst option since you'll have cravings all day. Eating a good breakfast is essential to prevent sugar cravings
4. Try incorporate protein and/or fat with each meal. This helps control blood sugar levels. Make sure they are healthy sources of each.
6. Add spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cra
5. Move your body. Exercise, run or do some yoga. Whatever movement you enjoy will help reduce tension, boost your energy and decrease your need for a sugar lift.
6. Get enough sleep. When we are tired we often use sugar for energy to counteract the exhaustion.
7. Keep sugary snacks out of your house and office. It's difficult to snack on things that aren't there!
8. Don't substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar. This will do little to alter your desire for sweets.
9. Learn to read labels. Although I would encourage you to eat as few foods as possible that have labels, educate yourself about what you're putting into your body. The longer the list of ingredients, the more likely sugar is going to be included on that list.
10. Sugar in disguise. Remember that most of the "complex" carbohydrates we consume like bread (including whole wheat), bagels and pasta aren't really complex at all. They are usually highly refined or act just like sugars in the body and are to be avoided.
11. Drink lots of water. Sometimes drinking water or seltzer water can help with the sugar cravings. Also sometimes what we perceive as a food craving is really thirst.