With so many people hooked on sugar, and so many people deciding enough is enough, I thought I’d put together a definitive guide to help you quit sugar for good and put you back in control of your eating habits.
This extensive blog post takes some of the ideas from my 21 Day Sugar Detox Program and covers all of the aspects of getting rid of your sugar addiction.
So if you think you might need to cut down on your sugar, or maybe you would like to quit sugar for good, then in a nutshell this is the process:
How to stop eating sugar:
Admit and understand you have an addiction.
Pick a date to quit.
Prepare by noting down when you get cravings.
Detox your house and get rid of all sugar products.
Tell your friends and family.
Learn where sugar hides.
Understand there are lots of names for sugar.
Make sure you have plenty of savoury snacks.
Never allow yourself to get hungry.
Drink plenty of water.
Fill up on healthy fats, fibre and proteins.
Get plenty of rest.
Make sure you exercise.
Take supplements to curb cravings.
Take every day at a time.
Read on for a full breakdown of the process and how you can free yourself from a sugar addiction and I have also included an FAQ section at the end of this blog for quick answers to your most common questions.
There are so many health issues associated with excessive sugar consumption, and so many benefits to quitting, so it really doesn’t make sense not to give sugar the heave ho.
It’s so very easy to try and ignore how much sugar we consume on a daily basis, but it really is becoming a global health issue, getting worse year on year, so maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and kick the sugar habit!
The Vicious Cycle
I used to be hooked on sugar. I loved the stuff. And although I have always enjoyed cooking and love experimenting with food, I never really understood just how much of a grip sugar had on me and my food choices.
Cravings would make me eat biscuits and cake, and I’d end up snacking on chocolate and always have desserts after meals.
And you know what, all of that junk just saps your energy and your desire to live a healthy life. Sitting on the sofa watching a movie with a tub of ice cream is far easier than going to the gym!
Lacking in energy reduces the desire to cook and eat healthily as well as reducing the desire to exercise. We get fatter, and lazier, and so the cycle goes on, and even though subconsciously we know what we are doing isn’t good for us, another six chocolate cookies can mask that feeling - temporarily of course!
Sugar And Emotional Eating
The main problem with eating sugary treats is that we don’t eat them as a source of nutrition (and I suppose that’s a good job since biscuits and cake aren’t renowned for their nutritional content!)
We often eat these things either to satisfy a craving, or we eat them as an emotional crutch. How many times have you turned to sweet treats when you are feeling down in an attempt to try to make yourself feel better?
Many people will eat junk foods because they are lonely, sad or even just bored - this has nothing to do with our bodies requiring nutrition at all. And then, once we have eaten that whole tub of ice cream, or the whole chocolate bar, we can end up feeling even worse, both physically and mentally.
The problem with emotional eating is that it is just a very thin plaster, and whatever triggered those poor food choices is still going to be there.
And Then There Are The Cravings!
If you are hooked on sugar, you no doubt get cravings for the stuff. They can come mid morning, mid aft