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Four Easy Ways to Go Sugar Free

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on February 9, 2016

Prepare to be shocked: the average person consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar each day. That’s three times more than the recommended amount. Research has shown that sugar could be even worse for our health than we once thought.

While the answer is simple – quit sugar once and for all, it’s a rather daunting prospect. Sugar is hard to quit because it is in so many unexpected foods, not to mention that fact that it’s addictive. While it may be hard to quit, there are a few simple things that you can do to make going sugar-free easier.

Swap from processed sugars to natural ones

The good news is that giving up sugar doesn’t have to mean quitting the sweet stuff altogether. While you should avoid processed foods that contain sugar, natural sugars are fine to eat. If you’re someone who craves sweet foods, fresh fruit is the perfect treat. However, while you can eat as much fresh fruit as you like, you need to consume it in its whole form. This means no blending it up into smoothies or baking it in the oven, as this causes higher amounts of sugar to be released.

When quitting sugar, many of us make the mistake of thinking that swapping to artificial sweeteners is the way to go. However, that’s not the case. The problem with most sweeteners is that they’re made from chemical substances that are addictive. So once you’ve consumed a little sweetener, your body will crave more. Plus, because artificial sweeteners are so sweet tasting, they can damage your taste buds.

Make the change slowly

If you quit sugar and go cold turkey, you’ll suffer some crazy withdrawal symptoms. These include headaches, shaking, anxiety, and mood swings. You know how you feel when you skip your morning coffee? Well, expect to feel like that but ten times worse. So instead of going cold turkey, make the changes slowly and wean yourself off sugar.

For instance, if you usually have two sugars in your tea, cut down to one, and then half, and then none. Making the changes slowly will give your body time to adjust, so that you don’t suffer nasty withdrawal symptoms.

Switch sugary drinks for infused water

Fizzy drinks, fruit juice and iced tea are all packed full of sugar. To make quitting sugar easier, switch these drinks for a healthier and less sugary alternative. An excellent option that tastes delicious and is good for you is infused water. All you need is a bottle of water, ice and fresh fruit, and you can make the most delicious drink.

The main problem with sugary drinks is that they boost your calorie consumption without giving any nutritious value. Zero sugar versions of your favourite drinks are just as bad as they’re packed full of sweeteners. Hence why, flavoured water is your best bet.

Quitting sugar is never going to be easy. However, there are plenty of things that you can do to make it more doable.

 

 

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