Sugar is one of the most lethal addictions you can have and trust me, I know all about it. Having a sweet tooth, with a constant craving for a little dessert (read: a lot of dessert!) led to a lot of health issues.
This ingredient that we add into almost everything we consume, is a main contributor to weight gain, which in turn leads to obesity if not taken care of and later on, diabetes. Here's the great news though, a sugar addiction is one that is fairly easy to break with proper discipline and know how.
Avoid Processed Foods
Artificial sugar, though it may seem like a great idea at that point in time to lift your dopamine levels giving you energy and a mood booster, leads to bigger problems. As soon as the sugar wears out, so does the mood and then you'll want to fuel up on sugar again. Processed food is mostly high in sugar and high in fructose corn syrup, which when consumed excessively can cause some serious damage. Make it a point to monitor your daily sugar intake and avoid anything that may have processed sugar. It takes a while to get into the habit, but once you do, it’s the best decision you'll ever make.
Drink Lots Of Water
As kids we were always told to drink lots of water, and nothing has changed as adults. Water is the best way to quench your cravings as it hydrates and fills you up. Not only does it help you avoid snacking, it does so much good for your body and skin. You can opt for adding some fruits in your water to satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Drinking eight to ten glasses a day is essential. Carry around a bottle of water and make it a point to drink up.
Fruits And Vegetables
Load up on the good stuff! Fruits and vegetables are a great way to curb that sugar addiction. Most fruits are sweet, and they’re all completely natural which make them good for you! Craving for dessert? Try an apple instead. More than just something sweet to munch on, it has got vitamin goodness and fibre too. Vegetables are also loaded with nutrients and vitamins, making it a great way to boost energy without any sugar intake.
Work on the happiness hormones (known as serotonin). You know that feeling you get when consuming a little sugary treat that makes you feel all happy on the inside? That can be achieved in so many other ways! Getting enough rest and sufficient amounts of sleep are some of the ways to boost your happy hormones. A balanced diet and having enough exercise help too. Leading a healthy lifestyle may not be the easiest to do, but it definitely is worthwhile. Follow through and you'll no longer have sudden urges to wolf down a slice of cake for the happy boost as it'll naturally occur.
Mind Over Matter
We know it sounds like it’s easier said than done, but once you get the hang of it, your mind has the power and ability to convince you to let go of all that sugar. Meditation is a great way to free your mind and relax, thus making you become stronger mentally which in turn helps you eliminate the sugar addiction. With proper meditation and focus, you can slowly let go of this unhealthy habit.
We're not saying give up desserts for good, but everything in moderation is key. You can do it!