As scientists continue to study and learn more about its effects, we’re continuing to learn why sugar should be only a very small part of diets.
Among other health issues, in excess, sugary foods and beverages like soda, candy and even snack bars and cereals contribute to weight gain and obesity, impaired memory, and an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.
1. Read Labels
Begin your sugar “detox” by avoiding adding sugar to your drinks and meals, and curb obviously sweet foods like candy bars, pastries and sodas. Start reading labels on the items in your refrigerator and pantry. Many foods like sauces, condiments, soups and of course sodas have added sugar. It may masqueradeunder a different name, but rest assured that any ingredient that ends in “-ose” probably means sugar. This process will likely be quite daunting; as most packaged, canned and otherwise processed and preserved foods have added sugar.
2. Drink Water
When your body is dehydrated it actually craves sweets, so by drinking a lot of water during the day you can decrease your sugar cravings and give your body more energy. When you are first starting out, drink at least one large glass of water each hour of the work day.
3. Jumpstart your Health with Whole Foods
If you know that you are addicted to sugar and experience headaches and body aches after not having sweets, it is even more important to jumpstart your health by eating real whole foods to help cleanse your body from toxins and give you more energy.
4. Increase Your Greens
Adding greens to your diet is one of the best ways to keep energy levels up and eliminate those sweet cravings. Try having a green smoothie for breakfast, a big salad for lunch and a green veggie stir fry for dinner. These meals will make you feel so good; you won’t dare go back to those sweet treats.
5. Satisfy Sweet Cravings with Fruit
When craving chocolate or cookies, why not try an apple instead? You may be surprised with how satisfied you feel after. The natural sugars and fiber in whole fruits will provide the sweetness you are craving without the blood sugar spike, keeping energy and moods lifted.