Friday, April 6, 2012

Kicking the sugar habit

Hi, my name is Christa and I'm a sugar addict. I've been sober for approximately two years. Oops, I mean about two hours. I made a pizza for lunch and the sauce had sugar in it. Dag nabit!

As the video clip I posted yesterday illustrates, overcoming a sugar addiction is tough. Sugar is EVERYWHERE. Yet, just because that's the case, doesn't mean it becomes any less important to get it out of our diets. Perfection isn't possible, but it IS possible to significantly reduce the amount of this nasty little toxin and reap all the health benefits as a result.

If you're a sugar addict like me, there are steps you can take to kick the habit:

Step 1: Admit that you have a problem. Sounds simple doesn't it? But it truly is hard to admit that sugar is toxic. After all, it's in so many foods, it must be safe, right? Wrong. If you need to, watch the video again or check out a book called Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman. I'm reading it now and it does an awesome job of explaining why sugar is so bad for our bodies.

Step 2: Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, as well as natural sweeteners to your diet. They naturally sweeten foods and can help reduce your cravings for foods sweetened with conventional sugar.

Step 3: Eat sweet fruits (any kind) and veggies (sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabagas...). As you consume more of these nutritious, tasty little gifts from God, you'll naturally crave processed sweet foods less.

Step 4: Cut fat-free and low-fat snack foods from your diet. They're loaded with all kinds of processed sugars. When you eat them, you won't feel satisfied very long and you'll most likely come back for more after just a short time. They keep you on a craving merry-go-round and it's really hard to stop eating until the bag or box is empty!

Step 5: Drink more water. Cravings for sugary foods often come when your body is thirsty. Trying this step is particularly important if you find yourself addicted to sugary sodas. If you crave them, your body is telling you it needs some hydration - and after a few days of hydrating with water, instead of soda, you should see your cravings decrease.

Step 6: Move. Any kind of exercise helps keep your blood sugar stable, so our bodies are less likely to crave sugary foods.

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