Tips for Quitting Sugar

Tips for Quitting Sugar

Feel Refreshed This Fall: 4 Foolproof Tips for Quitting Sugar _x000D_ _x000D_ So you’ve decided to start the fall season feeling better than ever. And the single best way to do so is by kicking sugar out of your diet for good. Whether you’re just entertaining the idea of saying goodbye to the white crystalline health sabotager, or you’ve tried several times before without lasting change, here are four foolproof tips for quitting sugar this fall and feeling refreshed and energized. _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_  _x000D_ _x000D_  _x000D_ _x000D_  _x000D_
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  • Get at Least 8 Hours of Sleep _x000D_ _x000D_ Now that summer is over and the days seem shorter, it’s the perfect time to start going to bed early. Regardless of how long your to-do list is, you’ll see a huge improvement in your productivity, energy levels and sugar cravings if you make 8 hours of sleep a non-compromise. _x000D_ _x000D_ When you’re tired during the day, sugar’s appeal is magnified as your body knows it will receive a quick energy boost. Emphasis on the word “quick”, as refined sugar is only artificial energy that will spike and crash your blood sugar levels and mood while stripping your body of several important vitamins and minerals in the process. _x000D_ _x000D_ When you’re well rested, your much less likely to go for that donut or sugary Starbucks drink in the middle of the afternoon. _x000D_ _x000D_
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  • Have All 3 Macronutrients at Every Meal
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_x000D_  _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ To avoid cravings for sugar, you must keep your energy levels stable and your appetite _x000D_ satiated. You can do so easily by ensuring all of your meals are nutritionally balanced _x000D_ and include the three macronutrients: protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats._x000D_ _x000D_ Complex carbohydrates break down into sugar to provide the body with natural energy_x000D_ and differ from refined sugar because they contain vitamins, minerals and fibre while _x000D_ white sugar does not. _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ Complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, whole grain sprouted bread, quinoa, _x000D_ brown rice, oats and spelt flour can help satisfy your body’s cravings for sugar while_x000D_ also providing a natural source of energy to your body (which is usually what your _x000D_ body is asking for when you get sugar cravings anyways!) _x000D_ _x000D_ A few examples of a nutritionally balanced meal include: _x000D_ _x000D_ - Sweet potato hash browns baked in coconut oil , scrambled organic eggs and turkey_x000D_ bacon _x000D_ _x000D_ - A protein shake with organic whey protein, hemp hearts, almond milk, oats, frozen _x000D_ banana and berries _x000D_ _x000D_ - A grilled chicken breast on whole grain sprouted toast with tomatoes and half of an_x000D_ avocado _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_  _x000D_
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  • Manage Your Stress Levels _x000D_ _x000D_ Tell us you’ve never craved that chocolate bar, mocha almond fudge ice cream or glass of red vino when you’re stressed? _x000D_ _x000D_ You’re not alone, and it’s actually not your fault that you do! In fact, research shows that sugar acts like a drug in the body, similar to the like of opioids or dopamine, which lift us up out of our low moods and relieve our stress by making us feel good. _x000D_ _x000D_ When you manage your stress levels before the onset of stress by practicing yoga or  meditation and exercising throughout the week, you’re less likely to reach for the sugar when something throws your mood off. _x000D_ _x000D_
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  • Experiment With Natural Sweeteners _x000D_ _x000D_ It’s hard to quit sugar without knowing there’s a better alternative you can replace it with. Luckily, you can find plant-based, natural sweeteners at every health food store that allow you to keep some sweet in your life- without destroying your health or upsetting your blood sugar levels. _x000D_ Green leaf stevia, stevia leaf powder , coconut sugar and raw, local honey or maple syrup are ideal sweeteners to replace refined sugar with as they still contain minerals and haven’t been processed.
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_x000D_  _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ Bonus Tip: JFDI:  Just Freakin’ Do It! _x000D_ _x000D_ We understand how challenging it can be to quit sugar in the beginning. In your first few days, you may want to sneak in just a little here and there. In the case that a craving or temptation does arise, use JFDI as a mantra for quitting sugar. Just freakin’ do it! Walk away from the sugar and your body will reward you tenfold. _x000D_ _x000D_ With the four tips above, you’ll be well on your way to becoming sugar-craving free and feeling like a new person with increased energy and radiance. For best results, try going sugar-free completely for two weeks. While being nutritionally balanced is all about moderation, you may not even enjoy sweet treats as much after a few weeks sans sugar. _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_
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