If you do just one thing this year to improve your health, you should quit sugar.
Scientists have proven that excess and processed sugar is at the root of obesity and chronic diseases like cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and dementia.
And if the long-term effects of the white stuff can be deadly, the short-term effects aren’t so sweet either. Living at the mercy of blood sugar spikes and crashes isn’t much fun.
You’ll be amazed at the improvements to your mental clarity and mood day to day if you cut sugar from your diet. But this is just one of the benefits.
Soon you’ll be losing weight, undoing years of damage and keeping diseases at bay.
But quitting sugar isn’t easy.
In our modern diets sugar is everywhere, in pretty much every processed food you pick up and even in ‘diet’ foods. (Next time you’re in the supermarket compare the amount of sugar in a ‘low-fat’ product with its full fat alternative, we can guarantee you there will be more sugar in the ‘low-fat’ over-processed item!)
Not only is it everywhere, it’s addictive. Some scientists say it’s more addictive than crack cocaine.
We know that giving up sugar isn’t easy, but having helped hundreds of our members cut sugar (and so lose weight and reap the health benefits) we have a few tips and tricks to help.
Read on for our top five free tips to help you give up sugar this January.
Remove the temptation
There is no way around it, if you want to quit sugar you have to go cold turkey. You may suffer a day or so of headaches and other withdrawal symptoms (yes, just like with other drugs!), but you will feel so much better off for it, and it really is the best way to kick your addiction. So go round your kitchen and gather up all of the sugar and high starchy carb foods and take them to your local food bank.
Avoid sugar at breakfast
It’s a cliché because it’s true, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It sets your intentions (and taste) for the rest of the day. There’s the equivalent of nearly 16 teaspoons of sugar in a ‘healthy’ breakfast of cereal, milk, toast and fruit juice. So avoid sugar and starchy carbs and fill up on healthy fats and proteins that will keep you full until lunchtime. You really can’t beat going to work on an egg (well, unless you add a sausage or bacon, which you totally can if you’re dodging sugar).
Rediscover sweet food
Ditching sugar doesn’t mean you’ll only be able to eat savoury food from now on. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You’ll be amazed by how your taste buds become more sensitive to flavours once you’re weaned off sugar. In the early days satisfy your sugar cravings with naturally sweet low sugar and carb foodstuffs. Strawberries and raspberries are great low carb sweet fruits to have as snacks. If you’re missing sugar in your coffee opt for a sprinkle of cinnamon instead. You’ll soon start discovering more sweet alternatives.
Prepare with snacks
In order to push past the first couple of days it’s essential to be prepared. Make sure you have low-sugar and low-carb snacks in your bag, at your desk or in your car. Cheese, hard boiled eggs, pork scratchings, low-carb veggies, berries, full fat Greek yoghurt, any of these are great, low in carbs and high in healthy fats that will keep you full and keep the cravings at bay.
Own your accountability
If you’ve decided to do this, well done you. You should be proud. Tell your friends and family about the challenge you’ve undertaken. You could start by sharing this post with them? Maybe they’ll join you. Even if they don’t their support and even the fact that you’ve told them about your commitment will help you.
In the meantime remember you’ve got us too! And if you join Simple As Fat you gain access to our private members Facebook group where you will find support, encouragement and even more tips from hundreds of new friends on the same journey as you.
Do you agree with our top 5 tips to quit sugar? Let us know what else you’d add!