The hardest part to overcome a sugar addiction is often being able to admit that you have one.
We try to sugarcoat it by saying we simply have a “sweet tooth” or something similar. But there comes a time where you have to face the fact that you have a sugar addiction that you have to overcome.
There can sometimes be a fine line between enjoying the occasional sweet snack, and actually being addicted to sugar. It is recommended that you keep your sugar intake below 6 teaspoons (100 calories) in total per day, and below 9 teaspoons (150 calories) per day. This is not only the actual sugar that you put into your coffee or tea but all forms of sugar that you might be eating on a daily basis.
When you decide to start cutting down on your sugar, your body will realize that it is not getting as much as it normally does, and you will start experiencing sugar cravings.
While sugar cravings can sometimes be difficult to resist, here are 6 top tips to help you overcome a sugar addiction:
Pack In The Protein
Protein is a great for making you feel full without causing a spike in your blood sugar level. A great way to use this in your diet is to eat protein-rich snacks to get you from one meal to the next without having sugar highs and lows. Good protein snacks are nuts, seeds, and avocados.
A lot of time we reach for a packet of cookies or a chocolate bar simply because we are bored. Keeping yourself busy and distracted by staying active and on the move is a great way to help yourself get your mind off of sweet treats. You can keep yourself busy by going for a walk or cleaning the house – or anything else that you can think of.
Get To Know Food Labels
It is crucial that you know what is in the food that you eat. Familiarize yourself with the sugar content of foods that you buy regularly, and always make sure to read the label on foods that you are unsure of.
Keep an eye out for all forms of sugar, which may include:
- Brown sugar
- Fruit juice concentrates
- Corn syrup
Pick The Right Carbs
There are two main types of carbohydrates, namely simple carbs (refined) and complex carbs (unrefined). Steer clear of simple carbs, but this does not mean that you should stay away from carbs completely.
Complex carbs like whole grains, beans, and vegetables are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. This means that they can help give you energy through the glucose they contain, without giving you the nasty sugar spikes that refined carbs do.
Don’t Fall For Fake-Sugar
You might be fooled by the zero-sugar sweeteners on the market, and we can’t blame you. It seems to make perfect sense that you can feed your sweet tooth without all the nasty calories by just switching to a healthy substitute. However, fake sugars often contain aspartame and other substances that can lead to a variety of other health issues.
There are some natural sugar substitutes that do actually work, and these are Stevia and Xylitol.
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