Getting rid of sugar in your diet can be a bit more difficult than it sounds. Have you ever tried it? Humans like sugar because we are programmed to like it.
You see, humans are not able to make vitamin c on their own, while other animals can. Think of where you find the most vitamin C in nature; it's in fruits! We are so attracted to sweet tastes to make it easy for us to get our important vitamins.
Nowadays, though, we aren't just getting our sugars from vitamin C loaded fruits. Sugar is in almost everything you buy. You probably already know about the tremendous benefits to be had from cutting back on sugar- but cutting back is no walk in the park, especially, if your diet is usually high in sugars. So, below we've compiled a list of simple things you can do everyday that will significantly reduce the amount of sugar you eat & drink.
The rewards of eliminating sugar from your diet are huge; you're on your way to a newer, healthier, and happier you!
1. Stop adding sugar to your food. This seems like such a simple suggest but think about all the ways you use sugar in the kitchen. Do you add it to cereals? Do you use it in your sauces? How much have you added to your coffee or tea on a daily basis? Make a conscious effort to stop adding sugar to anything you eat or drink.
2. Sugar is sugar. Brown sugar, raw sugar, "healthy" sugar; these all count as sugar. They still impact your body negatively so don't try to substitute, just eliminate.
3. Carbohydrates are sugar. Of course, you can't just eliminate all carbohydrates from your diet. So start with eliminating processed carbs. These are the kinds of carbs that contain the highest amounts of ingredients that are immediately turned into sugar in the body. It's safe to assume that any white breads, pastas, and crackers are highly processed and should be avoided.
4. Fat-free equals high-sugar. While fat free foods have lower amounts of fat, they usually have much higher amounts of sugars. Fat is not the enemy, sugar is! Avoid foods labeled as fat free.
5. Avoid white food. The more color you have in your kitchen, the better. (And we're not talking about artificial coloring either.) Fruits and vegetables are the most colorful and nutrient dense products in the whole grocery store. Fill your basket will these instead of boxed items and you're sure to cut down on sugars.
6. Read every label. If there is a label on it, you should be reading it. The sheer shock of the amount of sugars in your everyday meal items will compel you to leave the box on the shelf.
7. Get rid of juice. This is one of the worse offenses. Drinking juice is like drinking sugar water, even if it is all natural. Fruit juice is so concentrated sugars. Think about it, you are taking in all the sugar and leaving behind the fiber and some of the fruits nutrients.
8. Try not to substitute. This can be hard but try to get used to the non-sweetened tastes of things. Not only can artificial sweeteners be bad for you, but sometimes that can make you crave more sugar.
9. Don't drink sodas. This is obvious but even diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that can put you back on the sugar crave train.
10. Just eat fruit. Take in sugar the way Mother Nature intended. This way you satisfy your sweet tooth and get all the vitamins and nutrients you have been missing out on.
If you've tried all of the above tips and are ready to make a bigger commitment to a better healthier you; Why not try a sugar detox? It'll help you to beat that sugar habit once and for all!
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