Giving sugar the boot!
I have a serious sweet tooth. I tell everyone that “the only reason I eat dinner is for dessert”. Yes, some desserts can be healthy but, for the most part, I’m a chocolate chip cookie-doughnuts are my life-of course I want hot fudge-kind of girl. Which is bad. Bad, bad, bad. Because, of course, refined sugar can be one of many key factors in a yucky, unhealthy lifestyle. So guess what? I’m kickin’ it to the curb.
For me, going “cold turkey” is typically the way to go. Everyone has their own ways of doing things, but here are my reasons why, steps I’m taking, and some tips to keep me motivated through my semi-sugarless life.
Sugar pros: YUM.
Sugar cons: Goodbye nutrients, minerals, vitamins. Hello high blood sugar, energy crashes, high cholesterol, diabetes and weight gain.. to name a few.
Pay Attention. Sugar is hiding EVERYWHERE — in my morning oatmeal, in the sauce I’m devouring during Italian night, and packed inside so many different drinks. I may not catch it all, but I’m going to make my most valiant effort to avoid what I know and can. When sweeping through the grocery store next time, make sure to read the labels.
Basic Math. 4 grams = 1 teaspoon. It’s all about balance. Ladies, try sticking to six teaspoons daily, tops. Men, go on with ya bad selves and have nine.
Pantry Duty. Head over to your pantry and fridge and see what you’re packing. Get the stuff out — if it’s not nearby, you may not be as tempted!
Cook! I’m learning to plan meals for the week ahead of time, and trying to eat at home way more often. Foods that I prepare myself are as honest as it gets. I know what is going in them, and don’t have to worry about the yucky additions some places make.
Try cutting sugar out your own way, on your terms. If you want to ease into it, nothing is wrong with that!
If you need something sweet, nibble on some dark dark chocolate.
The world is our candy shop. Replace processed sugars with natural sweeteners. (I like grade B maple syrup and fresh fruits!)
Drink tea! I find that drinking something warm, like pomegranate green tea, really helps mellow out my sweet tooth and calms my cravings.
Don’t beat yourself up. Your friend’s birthday? Eat cake! Need a treat? Treat yourself!
The best advice I can give, as I am still learning, not a pro, and simply just want to make strides to a healthier me, is this: be aware, and do the best you can. Making an effort and even being aware of sugar is a great start. Whatever steps you take to kiss sugar goodbye are positive ones.
So, my goal is one month. I may last a day, I may last a year, but I’m giving this a try. Who’s gonna join me? How do you kick sugar’s butt? Let me know your *magical* ways in the comments, babes!