Reducing Your Sugar Intake
Sugar has always been my weakness. Throughout middle and high school, I was addicted to candy. When I went to college I learned more about the harmful effects of sugar. As I started my health journey, I realized how horrible sugar is for you.
To keep my weight down and improve my health, I started decreasing the amount of sugar I consumed. It was really hard cutting out candy, baked goods and added sugar in my drinks. I had a really tough time in the beginning but it got easier over time.
When I talk to people about how their struggles with dieting, a lot of people also suffer from an addiction to sugar.
I started off small by removing the things that I knew were unnecessary.
I stopped drinking my calories first. Soda and fruit juices contain a lot of sugar that you don't need. I also replaced sweets with fresh fruits.
If you must have something sweet with your meal, replace with flavored sparkling water like LaCroix Tangerine.
After removing the liquid calories, I stopped eating candies and baked goods. It was hard because sugar acts like a drug. Giving you a quick high and energy when you are down.
To reduce my cravings, I have been brushing my teeth right after I eat.
I have also been drinking naturally flavored teas. My favorites are: Orange & Spice, Cinnamon & Apple and Lemon Zinger.
I hope these tips help you when you are having an urge to grab something sweet. Do you struggle with a sweet tooth? What has helped you resist your cravings?