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How to Kill Your Sugar Addiction Before It Kills You

Sugar affects our health in more ways than you might think.  Everyone knows that sugar is everywhere—a complete barrage in our lives.  Many of us know that sugar is detrimental to our health, but yet, we continue to eat it. Part of the problem is that it’s often difficult to even know we are eating and drinking it. Here are 10 additional tips to cutting out the sugar in your life.

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Read nutrition labels

You want to look at the “sugars” item and read the ingredients for added sugars.  Pay attention to sneaky names for sugar in the ingredient list, and focus on avoiding those ingredients.

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Stick to whole foods

Your diet is actually controlled much easier if you avoid packaged and processed foods in general. If you eat plants, nuts, healthy fats and animals foods, you will naturally avoid many pitfalls of added sugar.

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Do your homework

Learn where sugar is lurking in your current nutrition and take action to make changes. You are your best advocate and wellness expert, so take the opportunity to make changes in your life and do what feels best for you. Learn about certain foods that have exceptional hidden sugars and replace them with healthier options.

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Stay hydrated

Drink extra water or herbal tea during the time when you are cutting back on your sugar.  The hydration will help you feel better and cut down on the cravings.  How much water should you drink?  It’s different for everyone, but here are some guidelines.

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Shop smart

Focus on buying healthy foods where possible and eating at home. By eating at home you are controlling the ingredients, portions and sugar content of your foods.  Remember to fill your grocery basket or cart with lots of ingredients, not boxes of things. By avoiding the boxes, you will be avoiding the added sugar.

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Pay attention to your relationship with sugar

Sugar can feel and be an addiction for many people. We are learning that regardless, the more we eat sugar and sugar-laden foods, the easier it is to continue craving it, and the vicious cycle continues.

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Try new things

And we don’t mean foods. Find other ways to find joy and pleasure and entertainment in your life outside of food—and especially sugary foods.  Take a hike, go for a bike ride or ride your bike to work, do some yoga, see a new movie, read and get a new book.  In our culture, food is everywhere, but sometimes we need to focus on enjoyment outside of food—this is a great opportunity to try new things.

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Begin each day fresh

If you had a not-so-great day with your sugar intake, begin again immediately and work on hydrating, eating fresh foods and taking care of yourself.  This is all a part of better health and not just weight loss, although cutting out sugar is a sure-fire way to tackle some fat loss.  Show yourself some grace when you do eat too much sugar and create an action plan to get yourself back on the healthy track.

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Eat your veggies

Naturally, if we pile on the good stuff on our plates, we will have a better sense of fulfillment in our bellies and good food in our bodies.  Crowd the plate with veggies and you’ll find there’s not much room for other less-than-healthy food. Here are some other tips for getting in more veggies.

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Challenge the Sugar Quo

There are many ways to curb a sweet tooth.  Simple moderation in sugar intake may be the trick for many of us. However, if you find that opening a small square of dark chocolate leads to a slippery-slope, try and find sweet joy in foods like fruit and cacao. The more we avoid highly-processed foods and sugars and get our senses in tune with the natural sweetness in fruits and veggies, the easier it is to find joy from these foods and avoid the not-so-great-options.

How to Kill Your Sugar Addiction Before It Kills You