[tps_header]Do you feel like you’re constantly fighting a battle to kick your sweet tooth to the curb? First, it’s necessary to understand why people actually crave sugar in the first place. It’s simple: sugar feeds off of sugar and does quite the trick to the hip region. And, if you continue to indulge in your sweet tooth, you will continue to build a higher tolerance for it. Did you now that it’s been proven that sugar acts like a drug and is just as addictive as cocaine? Crazy, right?! As kids, we are constantly told that we’re allowed dessert after dinner, and believe it or not, this stays with many people into adulthood. But, rather than sticking with something you were told at the age of 5, why not make a positive change to the way you look and feel?
Below are 13 tips that can (and will!) help you kick your sugar habit to the curb! Read on and prepare to feel amazing. [/tps_header]
IDENTIFY YOUR LIMITING FACTORS
First identify your limiting factors. Why are you actually addicted to sugar? Is it because you have an association with the “Treat after every meal” way of thinking? Do you wait too long to eat between meals and experience a drop in your blood sugar? Dipping into the candy jar at work too many times a day? Self-control issues? Emotional eating? Lastly, do you have a hard time functioning without sugar? It’s necessary to identify this pain point before you move on to the next step.
Set attainable goals. Force yourself to enjoy a piece of fruit in lieu of a cookie after dinner. Or, snack on a bite or dark chocolate at 3PM instead of an entire candy bar. Start adding more dark, leafy green vegetables and fruits into your diet, and over time, you will crave sugar less and less. Trust me, you’ll be surprised at how your palate will change over time. Eventually, you won’t miss sugar at all.
Take baby steps to kick the habit; don’t expect miracles to happen in a day. I am a firm believer that if you have an addiction to anything and are forced to give it up cold turkey, you are preventing yourself from ever achieving your goal. I believe that life is like a marathon, not a sprint to the finish line. The most important step you want to accomplish is a “lifestyle change.” Everything else is temporary, so take it day by day and focus on moving forward.