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How to Decrease the Need for Sugar

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sugar is so good. In America, sugar is everywhere. It's in the obvious places like sweets and desserts, and it's also in the not-so-obvious places like bread and pasta. We like everything just a little sweeter. The problem is that sugar, despite tasting delicious, is also so bad for you. It can lead to weight gain and energy problems. It can raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Sugar is nothing to mess with, and most people could absolutely stand to cut back a bit. But how? We're so dependent on the substance, how can we possibly cut back? With some help. If you're looking to decrease your need for all things sweet, take a look at these tips to help you out. 

Give Your Taste Buds Time

Sugar tastes good, and it's also addictive. If you're trying to quit, you're going to have to give yourself some time. Allow some time for your taste buds to adjust to a lower sugar diet. They need to get used to the different flavor and the lack of sweetness. Cut back slowly and consistently. It will seem like a big change at first, but over time, they'll easily enjoy a new diet with less of a sugary impact.

Find a Suitable Replacement

It can ease the transition for your taste buds if you find a sugar replacement to use instead. But make no mistake: All sugar replacements are not made equal. Each substance has its pros and cons, and you'll probably have to experiment to see which works best for you. Do a little research, some taste tests, and find something that suits both your lifestyle and taste buds. The easier it is to replace your current sugar fix, the easier it is to give up sugar for good.

Put Your Health First

Sometimes our needs are different than our wants. Actually, our needs are often different than our wants! And when it comes to sugar, it's possible that you'll simply have to use some willpower in order to put your health first. Sugar is not good for the body. It's OK in small amounts, but we usually consume far more than necessary. Do the research, weigh the risks, and put your health above desire if you really want lasting wellness. 

You can still enjoy sugar, but it shouldn't be a staple in your regular menu. If you want good health, you have to ditch the sugar. Use these tips to cut back steadily, and enjoy better health in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Little Rock, Ark.

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