It seems tough to quit sugar. After all, we all crave some form sweetness in our lives! However, the benefits of quitting sugar are numerous, such as having less fat accumulated into our bodies and reducing the tendency to overeat.
If quitting sugar makes you healthier, why not go for it? Challenge yourself to a week free of sugar and you will see a difference in your body, health and mind! Here are some ways that can help you through your sugar-free week.
1. Seek a healthier snack
Reaching for a chocolate bar in the middle of a workday doesn’t seem to be so farfetched, because we tend to crave sweet things when we get busy. Instead of eating a snack loaded with sugar, grab something that is high in protein, such as nuts, or high-fibre fruits to help you to achieve a sense of satiety.
2. Switch to healthier alternatives
Instead of adding sugar to your coffee or tea, you can sweeten them with sugar-free alternatives. Stevia is one of the most popular choices when it comes to natural non-nutritive sweeteners. It is extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana and can be found in most supermarkets.
3. A dose of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help to reduce your taste buds’ sensitivity to sweet foods. Sipping on it throughout the day can help to control the craving for sugar.
4. Divert your attention from sugar
Our cravings for sugar sometimes come from the fact that we are bored or are doing something uninteresting. Instead of reaching for sugar, switch your current activity and do something else that you can focus on. This would distract your brain from dwelling on the issue of should-I or should-I-not when it comes to sugar.
5. Wash the craving with water
Water helps to curb hunger by expanding the stomach, thus helping to release hormones that would signal fullness and satiety to our brains. This can help to reduce the want for sugary snacks when the sense of hunger is seemingly satisfied.
Kicking off the habit of consuming sugar is not easy. All of us experience stressful days that tend to leave you wanting for a chocolate chip cookie or two. But there are alternatives to sugar and ways to prevent the craving. Do the challenge for a week and you will see an improvement to your mood, energy levels and your general well-being. And who knows, perhaps you may even want to continue this no-sugar lifestyle!