The holiday season is typically associated with an increase in sugar consumption from desserts, alcohol, and sweetened side dishes. The problem is that sugar is nothing but empty calories, the calories that only make you gain weight and don’t provide you with any benefits because they don’t contain any nutrients.
Cutting out sugar can be very hard, especially when you’re surrounded by loads of tempting treats and you have a sweet tooth. Here is are some effective tips to help you stop eating sugar.
Start slow and take baby steps
If you try to cut out all sugar from your diet at once, you will fail, because those cravings will come back with a vengeance. It will feel more like a punishment than an accomplishment.
Instead of completely cutting out all sugar from your diet at one time, start controlling the amount of sugar you DO consume. This is perfect during the holiday season because you can still enjoy the things you love! Simply have a smaller portion.
For instance, if you take three teaspoons of sugar in your tea or coffee, try cutting back to two for one week, then down to one. For that sweet tooth, start by cutting out chocolate and candy before you abandon everything like baked desserts, or just save it for special occasions.
Use sugar alternatives (NOT artificial sweeteners!!!)
Instead of using sugar, replace it with raw honey, stevia or monk fruit. These are natural sweeteners that are much better for you. Raw honey, while it is a form of sugar, contains lots of beneficial nutrients. Stevia and monk fruit are natural sweeteners that have zero calories and don’t spike blood sugar levels.
Some people like to challenge themselves and love the feeling of accomplishment when they fulfill that challenge. If that is you, try to challenge yourself to not to eat sugar for a week (or for a day, if you have a serious addiction.) Gradually extend your time, and celebrate each milestone.
Try sugar-free gum (avoid artificially sweetened gum)
When sweet cravings strike, grab a piece of sugar-free gum. This will keep you occupied and satisfy the need to chew on something. I love doTERRA’s Slim & Sassy gum. It uses clean ingredients, contains zero sugar, and uses our Slim & Sassy metabolic blend of oils to support a health metabolism!
Choose fruits over desserts
Fruits are a sweet and a healthy alternative to desserts. If you feel like having cake or a favorite dessert, then grab some blueberries or another sweet fruit. The natural sugars and fiber in the fruit will help curb those cravings.
Know the benefits of quitting sugar
There are so many benefits of cutting sugar that if you educate yourself on them or experience the negative sugar side-effects first hand, you will cringe at the thought of consuming sugar.
When you cut out sugar, your cardiac health improves, your skin begins to glow, and your acne starts clearing up. Furthermore, cutting out sugar will boost your mood and you will stop feeling cranky, moody or tired all the time. Your memory will improve and you may be able to lose the extra weight you always wanted to shed.
Add fennel seeds to your diet
If you can’t shake off your sugar addiction, try adding fennel seeds or fennel essential oil to your diet. You can either add them while cooking or you can chew them raw. Fennel seeds do not contain any sugar or empty calories but they have a naturally sweet taste.
Don’t start your day sweet
According to a study by Brown, if you start your day by eating something sweet then you will crave sugar all day long. Instead of having something sweet, have a savory breakfast like eggs and veggies. Don’t even use the sugar alternatives in your breakfast.
Sugar is an addiction, and it takes time, consistency, and determination to abandon it completely. Start small and take little steps toward removing it from your diet.
What has been an effective tool to help you reduce the sugar consumption?