How to Beat Your Sugar Addiction for Good
Sugar. It’s like the hardcore drug of the dieting world.
Just when you think you’re good, you’re clean, something happens to you and all of a sudden you find yourself waking up with a carton of ice cream in one hand and a pile of chocolate wrappers around you.
I thought I would never be able to go without sugar, but as it turns out I can.
I actually went without sugar for six months and you can too.
Maybe you want to get healthier.
Maybe your doctor has told you that you need to improve your diet or that you’re in danger of developing diabetes.
Maybe you want to lose weight.
Maybe you just want to feel like you’re in control of what you eat and you don’t want your body to call all the shots.
There are plenty of reasons to want to stop eating sugar. No matter your reason, I’m here to help you with it.
Here’s how I got myself to stop eating sugar
1. Scare yourself on the effects on sugar
First thing I did, I researched on why sugar was bad. And oh, did I find a lot on it!
We know that sugar is bad, but I don’t think we realize just how bad it is. For instance, many acute and chronic medical issues could be solved by eliminating sugar consumption. I’m talking diseases that are directly linked to sugar - diabetes type 2, dental decay, C. diff - these are all symptoms that we are consuming way too much sugar.
While I’m not an advocate for scaring yourself needlessly (I don’t do haunted houses for that reason!) I still think it’s important to know how bad sugar is so that you understand and respect it’s power - which then will make you understand why you need to quit it.
2. The plan - keto and cold turkey
From my experience I know my habits and the way my mind works. I know that I wouldn’t be one of those people who can just have sugar casually now and then. My personality when it comes to food has little self control - so I opted to cut out sugar 100%.
In addition, I coupled this with a keto/low carb diet.
My reason for it was this - if you’re not consuming a lot of carbs, your body switches over to the fat burning mode of your metabolism.
When your body is in fat burning mode, you feel good. You feel steady and your appetite isn’t up and down like it is when you’re burning carbs. You don’t get that hankering or craving for sweet stuff, because your body isn’t trying to refill it’s glycogen stores with carbs - it’s relying on the fat as a fuel source.
Honestly this is probably the biggest and most powerful strategy that I used. Willpower and fear can only get you so far - until you get stressed out or you have a long day and you just want to binge on a carton of ice cream. Instead, if you change your entire diet and the way your body works you change the game - and will see success as a result.
If you’re interested in learning more about the keto diet, I’ve written up a little guide to it that you can read here.
3. Eliminate temptation
This one was pretty important too. I made sure that I got rid of sugar in all it’s easy and palatable forms. Table sugar, candy, sweet snacks, honey, jam, pancake syrup - it all had to go.
If you remove the temptation, it makes life easier. I know myself, and I know that in the initial stages I’ll be desperate enough for a sugar fix that I will eat anything close enough to sugar. It’s not a pretty sight, believe me.
If you are living with other people who aren’t embarking on this journey, then at least relegating these items to an area that you don’t frequently see (moving them to a cabinet that you rarely open for instance) is probably for the best.
4. Have some substitutes on hand
I personally feel that this helps. Some people may flat out reject all artificial sweeteners - and that’s okay. I think that certain sweeteners like stevia, monkfruit and erythritol are good treats when you need something to tickle your tastebuds.
First, these three sugar substitutes are great because they don’t raise your blood sugar or cause an insulin spike - preventing your blood sugar from going up and down and up.
Although they don’t stimulate an insulin response, they may stimulate your appetite- I did find that I was hungrier in general after that so just be aware that it may happen.
Lastly, know that artificial sweeteners don’t sit well with everybody, and that even if your body is used to one type of seetener it may not be used to others - and can cause the oopsie-poopsies as a result.
5. Set a limit or goal
While I do think that sugar is bad, I believe there is a time in which you can still have some sugar occasionally down the line.
For instance, I received a holiday gift of homemade caramels. It would be a shame to throw them away, so I ended up eating a couple. They were delicious, and I marveled at their texture and taste (seriously, so perfect) and then I was able to be done with them.
Thats the coolest part I think is that you’re able to just walk away from sugar. I used to not have control over my sugar cravings and would binge if I had even the slightest hankering. When you go through this system however, you’ll find that you have much more tolerance for the occasional sweet treat here and there because your body is now back to normal levels instead of craving sugar all the time.
I hope this helps you
I hope that you realize that you’re not alone in being frustrated with your relationship with sugar, but I hope you also realize that it IS possible to not be controlled by sugar.
Remember that you and you alone are responsible for the decisions you make as far as your health. Set your goal, put some rules in place for yourself, and get started today!