“Noooo….!” Well, yes - In order to make progression in your healthy lifestyle changes, sugar is the first thing to go. It really isn’t that hard to kick if you know your stuff and how sugar intake affects your body. Many of the foods that you find on the shelves especially in US grocery stores (not including fruits and vegetables) and restaurants have a pretty high refined sugar content. We’re so used to putting that stuff in our bodies that our brains aren’t seeing this as harmful or at the least, as a set back.
There are tons of things that affect us adversely when intaking too much sugar, but there are also many ways that sugar positively affects us as well. An example of how having sugar in our bodies positively affects us: Your brain releases dopamine when you eat or drink something sweet, meaning that your body is rewarding you for eating something sweet, in turn making you feel good! An example of how having sugar in our bodies adversely affects us: You’ve heard of a “sugar high” - That euphoric feeling after eating or drinking sweets is a high that will eventually come back down, leading to a crash ( NO FUN). Obviously denying yourself all of your favorite delicious desserts is not what I’m going for here, instead we must find balance and substitites.
Put down that suga-drank and come take a look with me on how you can kick sugar to the curb (or kick only some of it to the curb):
Get Motivated! Don’t know how? Come back to my blog and read all of my posts on personal knowledge on how to get your life right with proper diet and exercise. Particularly, check out the juicing section and how sugar can affect you with this type of diet.
Cut cold turkey - Any super high in sugar content beverages...Soda, concentrated juices, coffee. This is critical in getting your mind right to stay motivated, and after the first few days from “withdrawals” of your sugar addiction, you’ll FEEL the big changes in your happiness levels...and everyone wants/needs to be happy =)
Stay Away - From purchasing packaged foods. Point blank, you don’t know how they made it and how much sugar those foods actually pack. When you buy fresh and LIVE foods, your body will react to those foods. Get it?
Portion when Eating Out - Did you know that when you eat out while socializing, you tend to eat way more than when you would just eat at home? Think about it...you’re eating, talking, and drinking all at one time - You’re not even thinking about giving your brain enough time to tell you that your tummy is satisfied with the food you’re eating.
Make this a Challenge Contest - Do this challenge yourself and journal your progression, or have a friend or family join the suga-free (or almost suga-free) diet with you. Hold yourself and your teammates accountable for a fun and healthy lifestyle change.
Curb those sugar cravings: You can do this by replaced an ice cream or soda craving by eating something with less sugar. Ice cream craving? Have a greek yogurt with a couple pieces of fruit in it. Soda craving? Drink a kombucha instead - It even has healthy probiotics in there!
Get out, and go for more walks- This will take your mind off of stuffing your face with food period. Do you ever find yourself eating more when you’re couch potatoeing it up and in bed all day? Yea, it’s cause you’re bored! Get up, and have fun in a different way - You’ll feel better about yourself, I promise!
These are just seven of the hundreds of ways you can put sugar in its place (in your life), while still enjoying the elements of it in a healthier and reasonable way. What ways can you think of to curb that sugar appetite?