You might not know or want to admit it, but you probably have a sugar addiction. If you can’t take a cup of tea or coffee without sugar, you have a sugar addiction problem. This also goes for those who have serious sugar cravings if they go a day without having something sweet. Quitting sugar is one way you can actually lose weight. Yes, it’s proven. But if you’re not on the road to losing weight, quitting sugar can be the first step to living a healthier life and avoiding complications linked to sugar such as diabetes and high blood pressure. You don’t have to be miserable when you quit sugar. There are actually ways you can stop taking sugar that are easy and gradual. Here are some ways you can ease up into completely taking the sugar off your menu and living a healthy life:
Cut down slowly
The more you eat sugar on a daily basis, the more you’ll crave. So cutting down slowly is the best way to stop your sugar addiction. Say, for example, you normally take 2 teaspoons of sugar in your tea, use the same routine, cutting down to 1 1/2 teaspoons for a week, then 1, then 1/2. Eventually, you’ll get to the point where you don’t need sugar at all.
Clear your house of sweet things
When it comes to quitting sugar, clear your fridge and cupboards of any sweet temptations then focus on meal prep. This way you’ll always have healthy – and instant – dinner and snack options ready when you need them most. That means cookies, cake, or ice cream. A half-gallon of ice cream in the freezer is temptation defined. Our rule? No ice cream kept at home. Ice cream should always be a treat worth traveling for.
Watch for hidden sugar
The food industry has gotten very good at masking sugar and calling it by other names. If it ends in “–ose,” it’s sugar, Also, if it ends in “syrup” it’s also a sugar. Some frequent ones that appear healthy but are still sugar are brown rice sugar, date sugar, and of course, sucrose, fructose, and lactose. Even some prescription medications contain sugar. For a week, be particularly vigilant and scan every possible food label.
Train your taste buds to like bitter
Train your taste buds to like the taste of bitter—it really does a lot to suppress the cravings for sugar. Try to eat as much plain, unflavored yoghurt as possible, in addition to bitter greens such as managu. Within 30 days, your taste buds will reset and you’ll crave less sugar.