How to Quit Eating So Much Sugar
By Genevieve Cunningham
We’ve all been told multiple times that sugar is not our best friend. It causes weight gain. It leads to headaches. It causes tooth decay. It's bad for you. And yet … sugar is so, so good. How are we supposed to live sugar-free in a world full of ice cream and Cadbury eggs and Reese’s peanut butter cups? Luckily, you don’t have to give up all of your favorite vices in the name of better health. Instead, work consistently on simply cutting back, and you’ll still gain many of the benefits that come with this lifestyle. To get you started on the path to less sugar, take a look at these little tips.
Limit Your Desserts or Sugary Snacks
This especially applies to those who eat multiple sugar filled goodies throughout the day. If you’re having a cinnamon roll for breakfast, a granola bar for a snack, a candy bar after lunch, and dessert after dinner … that’s a lot of sugar! Try cutting back on one or more of these. Limit yourself to two sugar-filled snacks in a day, and when you’ve mastered that, cut back again. It might take a little willpower at first, but it will be easier and worth it before you know it.
Learn to Love Fruit
Fruit is an excellent alternative to sugar. If you aren’t already filling your life with delicious fruit, it’s time to start! Instead of a cinnamon roll at breakfast, grab a banana or an apple. You’ll get a slightly sweet flavor to satisfy the tastebuds, but you won’t get near as many calories or near as much sugar. And don’t forget that the fruit options are endless. There are numerous kinds of berries, citrus fruit galore, and plenty of seasonal options to choose from every day.
Cut Back Your Added Teaspoons
Another easy way to cut back on sugar is to simply cut back on any additions that you’re making to your foods and drinks. If you usually have two teaspoons in your coffee, cut it back to one. If you usually sprinkle your cereal with sugar, stop. These may seem like tiny amounts, but all added up, it’ll make a big difference on your overall intake.
Eating less sugar sounds boring and like a chore, but it’s probably a lot easier than you think. Just use these tips to cut back little by little. Doing it slowly will allow you to reap the benefits while still enjoying a little sweetness in your diet.
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