Sugar Detox – Take Sugar Out Of Your Diet
Sugar greatly increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar is also delicious
and addictive, so how can you get sugar out of your diet? Here are five steps to get you started:
Step 1: Eliminate Sugar From Your Home, Office And Vehicle
The biggest reason people fail a sugar detox, is the availability of sugar in their daily lives.
Breakfast cereals and sweet snacks at home, candy bars in desk drawers at work and a car full
of hard candies and a soda or frappuccino in the cup holder. Be aware of everything that
contains sugar and everything you put sugar into, and make that sugar disappear.
Step 2: Fight The Cravings With A Healthy Substitute
Eliminating all of the sugar from your diet “cold turkey” will set you up for failure. Sugar is
physically addicting and you will have to break that addiction much like tobacco or alcohol. You
will experience the same symptoms of withdrawal from taking sugar out of your diet. One way to
counteract your addiction to sugar when detoxing, is to replace it with a healthy substitute such
as fruit. Good substitutes that counteract the need to sugar are blueberries, cherries, bananas,
strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, oranges, apples, raspberries, and tangerines.
Artificial sweeteners are not a safe or healthy substitute. They are produced in laboratories and
contain dangerous and toxic chemicals that actually increase your cravings for sugar.
Step 3: Identify Your Weaknesses
We all have “go to” foods or foods that we are unable to resist, foods like cookies, brownies,
chocolate or similar sweet treats. Identify your usual sources of sugar and make a commitment
to yourself to eliminate those foods from your diet. For example, how many cookies (or brownies
or candies) do you eat each day? Reduce that number by 1 each day until you no longer “need”
them. Soon you will be cookie free and enjoying healthy substitutes to curb your cravings.
Step 4: Start Reading Labels
The companies that manufacture and package your food understand your addiction to sugar
and capitalize on your sweet tooth to increase sales. Sweetness tastes good and makes you
feel good, so sugar is added to virtually everything you buy at the grocery store, from bread and
condiments to yogurt. These same manufacturers are also wise to your efforts to eat healthier,
so they hide added sugar in food labels by disguising sugar by as many as 60 different names.
The worst offender is corn syrup, especially high fructose corn syrup, avoid it, and any food
ingredient that ends in “-ose.”
Step 5: Eliminate Liquid Sugar
Sodas, colas, commercially bottled juices and fancy coffee drinks contain little more than liquid
sugar (high fructose corn syrup), artificial colors and flavors and water. You can reduce your
daily calorie intake by 200-700 calories and vastly improve your health simply by drinking water,
tea or black coffee and eliminating these empty calories.