Here's the deal...
Giving up anything, or even just trying to cut down, can be hard enough for even the most strong willed individuals, so if you’re thinking of cutting down or quitting sugar altogether, make sure you let the people around you know, and ask them to help you.
Temptation is such a powerful thing, and sugar has been proven to be as addictive as cocaine in tests with lab rats, so you need to break from your sugar addiction in a sugar free environment.
I have already written here about all of the amazing health benefits of quitting sugar, but as it's such an addictive substance, you might still need every bit of help you can get.
So what's the plan?
First off let your family and friends know what you are doing and tell them out your sugar detox – maybe even get them to give up with you?
Any additional support you can get will go a long way.
Make sure that the house is at least free from any visible temptation, but even then, that probably won’t be enough.
I know from experience that if you know there is a sweet treat hiding in the cupboard, when the sugar cravings come, that treat may as well be screaming at you and telling you where it is!
You can’t concentrate, because in the back of your mind you know that it’s sitting there, waiting… and waiting, for you to give in!
Why does this matter?
If you’re going to quit sugar, you will need a completely sugar free environment to do it (or as close to as possible!).
You need to make your home your safe place, where you know there will be no temptations.
The outside world can be daunting to anyone going through a sugar detox, everywhere you turn you will be faced with sugary treats.
They lurk everywhere from the obvious places like the supermarket and the petrol station, to the most unlikely places - even some hardware stores have chocolate at the tills now!
Putting it into action
I would recommend having a serious sit down conversation with your friends and family, explain exactly what you are doing and why, and ask them to support you by not bringing treats into the house and clearing out as much of the sugary junk as possible.
And if they find that a tough ask, well, surely it is just another example of how much of a grip sugar may have on them?
So many people are hooked on sugar and they may not even know it, or simply think that what they are consuming is normal.
The problem is that society has developed a 'new normal' now, which means we consume insane amounts of sugar every day - and the top and bottom of it is that we are simply not designed to cope with it - humans were never designed to eat the kind of quantities that are found in the modern diets of so many countries.
By having these conversations with family and friends and letting them know you are serious about your detox, you will hopefully have their support.
And by having that conversation you might start the ball rolling with that person, getting them to have a serious think about how much sugar they are eating. Often it's only when we take a moment to step back and look at our habits that we can actually see what's going on!
And of course, if any of your friends or family feel that they might have an issue with sugar too the best option is to get them to do a sugar detox with you!
If you would like to quit sugar and regain control of your food choices you can transform your life with my 21 Day Sugar Detox Program.
The program contains all the help, advice, and tips you would ever need, along with recipes, meal planners, daily video tutorial and guided meditation sessions to help you quit the cycle of sugar addiction and get you back making sensible food choices!