How to Beat Sugar Addiction

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How to Beat Sugar Addiction: Steps

How to beat sugar addictionThe first thing to beating sugar addiction is acknowledging that you have one. Stress or emotional trauma can trigger any addiction, and as emotional eaters, food becomes our comfort. Sugar is a major source of energy for the body, the more we take in, the more tolerant our bodies become causing us to upload on the sugar. You can’t get away from sugar, it’s in almost everything. From the cookies, cakes, muffins, pop, juice and fast food to even all the condiments we don’t realize we are consuming that are full of sugar. So really, how can we get away from it?  Do you know how to beat sugar addiction?

 

First examine what you eat. Dietary habits and food choices make or break your sugar addiction. Be very aware of all the foods you consume in a day. Recording the foods you eat in a food journal will help you keep track of all the sugars you eat. Take a look at your calorie and sugar intake and compare it to what it should be. For women, the sugar intake should be about 100 calories or 6 teaspoons, for men it’s 150 calories or 9 teaspoons. In one can of pop there are about 8 to 10 teaspoons of sugar, so taking a look at how much sugar you are really consuming will help you beat sugar addiction.

We all eat for different reasons other than the primal hunger that we feel to feed our bodies to produce energy. One can follow specialized diets to cut out sugar, but that can be hard. Try to get away from fad diets and follow the food guide to educate yourself on portion size and what healthy foods to eat. Being consistent and vigilant in your efforts to make sure you have all the necessary health information at your fingertips is key to gaining the upper hand in beating sugar addiction. Choosing to beat sugar addiction is one of the healthiest presents you can give yourself. It’s never too late to detour off the road to diabetes or heart disease and get on the road to a healthy, long life.

Drink plenty of water. Drinking cold water in the morning, on an empty stomach, fills you up and cleanses the system nicely. Never get dehydrated; dehydration depletes the body of energy which in turn ups your sugar cravings. Get plenty of rest and learn to listen to your body. Only you know best what your body needs. Try to balance high carb foods like breads, pastas and cereals with proteins and fats, this can help tame hunger. This helps keep blood sugar levels in check and manages cravings easier. Try to avoid caffeine, it may give you that spurt of energy, but then you crash which can lead to stronger sugar cravings. If you want something sweet, try foods full of fibre and nutrients like whole fruits, low fat yogurt, granola or a glass of milk.

To get through withdrawal, get moving; take that morning or evening walk. Physical activity keeps cravings down. Even distracting yourself with finding a new hobby can ease the pain and weariness of withdrawal. If you’ve already succeeded through withdrawal from a sugar addiction, pat yourself on the back, the success to staying on your sugar addiction free path is to never forget what going through withdrawal felt like. Once it’s over, you never, ever want to experience that again.

There are many accessible books and sites that cover sugar addiction. The upside of beating a sugar addiction is gaining your health back. There is nothing wrong to want to start to live a healthy lifestyle at any age. So the important things to remember in how to beat sugar addiction is, keep track of what you eat with a food journal, this will open your eyes to your actual eating habits. Get as much health information from a health professional as possible, even finding support groups can bolster your success. Educate yourself with the food guide and what healthy eating is. Learn to listen to your body so you can manage your withdrawal symptoms and your cravings. Taking it one step at a time anyone can beat a sugar addiction.

Doriet von Fircks

About the author

Doriet von Fircks is a health practitioner and a nutrition expert.
She specializes in food related problems, such as food addiction.
After reading many articles about food addiction, especially lots of scientific journals, she realized that there was hardly any discussion about food addiction from a scientific perspective.
She updates the site frequently, ensuring that the latest scientific findings are always featured on FoodAddictionScience.com. If you have questions about this site or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact her.