Many of us can’t have a cup of coffee/tea without a teaspoon (or 2) of sugar in it. The mere thought of not having sugar to some is sheer torture. But, I am sure you have heard this…sugar – refined sugar to be precise – is poison to our bodies. Why? Well, refined sugar has already gone through as much processing as it can get and does not need to be broken down further by the body. As such, it goes directly into the blood stream all at once flooding our bodies which in the long term causes a variety of health problems.
I recently read an article on How to quit Sugar by Lacey Baier I found it super insightful and easy to follow and understand. For the full article, please click on the link I have given. I’ll highlight the 7 easy steps she gives to quit sugar:
Step 1: Read the Nutrition labels – they may not always be easy to understand, but it helps looking at the labels they generously include on the packaging. Everything has it. Sugar is normally noted as “fructose, sucrose, maltose, brown sugar, raw sugar”to name a few.
Step 2: Chose healthier, real sources of sugar – this is stuff like raw honey , coconut palm sugar and pure maple syrup.
Step 3: Beware of artificial sweeteners – I always think they taste a bit off but that’s just me. They do not necessarily contain any calories let alone any nutritional value. They can however increase your cravings for sugar.
Step 4: Identify the main culprit – Identify that one thing that you feel you would die if you didn’t have. In my case it’s chocolate. Letting go of this is an uphill task and still a work in progress.
Step 5: Start to remove sugar from your home – Out of sight out of mind right? Getting rid of sugar – all its forms – in your house will make quitting easier. So purge your kitchen of sweet cereals, sugar, refined honey, cookies, fruit juice…it all got to go!
Step 6: Make it a transition – Take is slow when beginning this process. If you can go cold turkey well and good. Most of us (me included) need to gradually wean ourselves off sugar.
Step 7: Just start – Get the ball rolling and do not over analyse it. The sooner you start the easier it gets