Beating Your Addiction to Sugar

1. Stick to foods that are closest to their original form

Instead of eating corn from a can, eat corn on the cob. Instead of white bread, eat wholemeal bread. Instead of processed fruit juices, make your own fruit juice without sugar.

2. Eat protein with breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your first meal must create blood sugar stability that will carry you to the next meal without sugar cravings. You are also advised to eat protein with each meal as it keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the day.

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3. Read labels!

It's incredible how many things we put into our mouths without the slightest idea what is in them. The longer the list of ingredients, the more likely sugar is going to be included on that list. You might be surprised to find that drinks which have the words 'less sugar' on the packet still contain a large amount of sugar.

4. Don't starve yourself in order to reward your restraint with a doughnut

This is bad for your body and you won't lose weight. Your body will just go into starvation mode, storing all your calories as fat. So that slice of cheesecake or that chocolate bar you eat after a long fast is going to be stored as fat.

5. Brown is beautiful : brown rice, wheat bread, brown cereals, etc

Brown foods which contain less starch give your body the positive effects of carbohydrates without unbalancing your blood sugar and creating cravings.

6. Be active and keep busy

Many of us snack when we are bored and inactive. Go for a run or have a chat with your neighbour. Anything to keep your hands away from the fridge.

7. Drink water constantly

The more water you drink, the more your body will be fooled into thinking it is not hungry. Plus, there is no sugar in water.

8. Don't get down on yourself if you slip and eat a dessert every once in a while

It's okay to reward yourself, just don't start the addiction all over again. There are always healthier options for desserts. Eat fruit yoghurt instead of ice-cream.

9. Don't focus on weight loss

While weight loss is usually a natural consequence of giving up sugar, don't make it your focus. Channel your energy towards one goal at a time and focus on getting sugar-free. When you've achieved that, work on losing the excess weight.

10. Create a supportive environment

Ask your family to hide the sweet foods in the house : ice-cream, biscuits and chocolate, so that you wouldn't seek them out and eat them. Avoid certain aisles in the grocery store and abstain from any baking.

11. Give up fake sugars

Many people rely on diet sodas when they're craving something sweet. But aspartame, Nutrasweet, Splenda, and even low carb sugar products don't quell sugar cravings, but increase them. A study at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio found that a person's risk for obesity went up a whopping 41% for each daily can of diet soda.

12. Try natural sweeteners in place of sugar

Natural sweeteners such as raw honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar are less processed than sugar and still have their nutrients intact. Although they have calories like sugar, they do not cause weight gain as quickly because they burn more slowly in the body.

If you want a zero calorie sweetener, try stevia leaf, a herbal supplement that is extremely sweet.

13. Avoid soft drinks

Soft drinks are some of the main sources of hidden sugars. One can contains between seven and 10 teaspoons of sugar. Instead, drink plain water or sugarless herbal tea when ordering meals at restaurants.

14. Brush your teeth

Brush your teeth when the temptation for sweets creeps in, especially at night. You would not want to get your teeth dirty right after brushing them.

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