10 Easy Steps to Breaking the sugar habit
#1 Drink More Water
When you drink the recommended amount of water (eight 8-ounce glasses) daily, it will make your body’s systems perform more efficiently, make you feel fuller throughout the day, reduce your food intake, and reduce your sugar cravings.
#2 Eat Well-balanced meals
A balanced diet will provide the body with everything it needs to function correctly. Most cravings are results of specific deficiencies. When you include everything that your body needs within your meals, you will be less likely to indulge in sugary foods. You can also curb the sugar cravings by adding protein and fat to your meals.
#3 Eat less at night and don't eat too late
Eating heavy meals at night causes a lot of digestive problems, including heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux. Eating heavy at night will also affect the quality of your sleep. When you sleep poorly, you are more likely to load up on sugars and coffee the next day to boost your energy.
#4 Reduce your caffeine Intake
Caffeine creates a vicious cycle of energy highs and crashes – causing chronic energy issues. If you can’t imagine life without coffee, make it sugar-free. Though, as you'll learn, hanging out with me, coffee is a hormone disruptor even without sugar!
#5 Exercise More
Exercise is an excellent alternative to stimulants, such as coffee and sugar. Moving your body boosts the mitochondria in your cells and releases feel-good endorphins to keep you energized throughout the day. Stimulants, on the other hand, will give you a temporary high before the inevitable crash.
#6 Manage Your Stress Levels
Instead of turning to sugary foods and drinks every time you feel stressed, try to fix the problem at its source. Figure out what is making you stressed and get solution oriented to find a resolve.
#7 Tackle fear and anxiety
These two are known to cause most addictions, including food addictions. The fear of change and the anxiety that comes with it can make it harder to break bad habits. When you tackle these issues, it will be easier to cut your sugar intake. Try practicing daily affirmations like "I am fully satisfied".
#8 Tackle sugar cravings through EFT
Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is an alternative treatment method that can be used for both physical pain and emotional distress. It has been shown to help balance your body's energy system and help with anxieties and addictions.
#9 Show yourself some love!
Don't look to others (or food) for the love your soul needs. Put self-love and acceptance into practice. How do we practice self-love? Try befriending your body through yoga, give yourself a mental high five, leave yourself an uplifting phone message, or do something special for yourself. Loving yourself will help you feel more comfortable in your own skin, reducing the need to comfort yourself with chocolate!
#10 Realign your focus
Do you constantly think about or obsess over food or what you should eat? The more you think about something, the more you want it. Try to realign your focus and start thinking about other things besides food. It may not happen overnight, but with a little time, you will be able to focus on things that are more important than foods.
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