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How to Cut a Sugar Addiction

By Genevieve Cunningham

Like it or not, sugar is definitely an addictive substance. We all love sugar. We love cupcakes and candy and sweet treats galore. But there's definitely no denying the fact that sugar is not good for our health. The biggest problem is quitting sugar. Because it's addictive, and because it tastes so good, quitting can be incredibly difficult. But giving up sugar will definitely take your health in a better direction. If you're ready to give quitting sugar a try, take a look at these tips to help you find ultimate success.

Scale Back

For some people, cold turkey is best. But for the vast majority, cutting back slowly will probably be a little bit easier. If you have sugar in your coffee, cut that back just a little bit. If you have sugar at breakfast, have a teaspoon or two less. If you're normally eating snacks that are packed with sugar, choose a snack that does not contain sugar at all. Sometimes cutting back is a little bit easier on the body than simply cutting it out altogether. Give this method a try in order to avoid some of the withdrawals that come when you quit sugar for good.

Find Alternatives

It can be really helpful to find something to take the place of sugar in your life. This could be a simple sugar alternative such as Stevia or Sweet and Low or some other sugar substitute. But it could also come in the form of natural sugars. Try fruit or juice or something that has a naturally sweet flavor. Finding an alternative makes the process a little bit easier since you won't be getting the sugar, but you'll still be satisfying that sweet tooth.

Get Support

Don't be ashamed if quitting sugar is difficult for you. Quitting sugar is difficult for everyone. Go ahead and find yourself some support. For some, this may be in the form of a friends group. Maybe you want to tell your spouse about quitting sugar so that they can help you along the way. Or for others, that may include talking to a doctor or other healthcare professional. Whoever you need in your life to help you quit, call them into action. Getting a good support group is one of the best ways to quit any addiction, even if it's simply cutting out the sweets in your life.

Cutting sugar is a good idea. Even if you don't want to completely quit, cutting back can significantly impact your health. But quitting sugar is hard. If you want to make it happen and find real success, use these tips to help you along the way. With some help and a lot of willpower, you can make sugar a thing of the past in your life and better health a thing of the future.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.

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