Sugar is everywhere in our foods. Removing sugar from your diet is the single most important step you can take to improve your health. It becomes a vicious cycle. Eating sugar spikes your blood sugar, dopamine is released in your brain. When your blood sugar drops rapidly, high insulin levels cause immediate fat storage. Your body is now craving that lost sugar high and you develop hunger and cravings and so it begins over and over again. So what can you do? You can take small steps to move towards less sugar in your diet.
- Give up sugary drinks, fruit juice, sodas and that includes diet soda, instead switch to water.
- No processed foods that includes cookies, candy and crackers.
- In your morning coffee or tea, instead of adding sugar or a sugar alternative, try sprinkling some cinnamon, it adds some great flavor and sweetness.
- Eat fresh fruit, look for fruit with a lower glycemic level such as berries.
- When shopping in a grocery store, shop the perimeter where all the natural food is vs the inner aisles where the processed food is.
- Reduce your alcohol intake, try only having a drink on the weekends. Red wine has less sugar then white wine
- Eat more lean protein, fresh vegetables and less carbs.
- Try walking after dinner every night, replace those sugar cravings with healthy cardio options.
- It goes without saying, don’t add sugar to anything!
- Last but not least, write down everything you eat for one week. You will be surprised at the amount of sugar, then try to eliminate one at a time, Baby steps !
These are just a few suggestions you can take in the first steps of freeing yourself from the sugar addiction.