Make Your Days as Sugar-Free as You Can!
By Donna Stark
It's the new year, and that means many of us are regretting all the food choices we made over the last couple of months. It also means we are focused on making the necessary changes, and for some, that includes reducing the amount of sugar they consume. If you are thinking about cutting back on your sugar intake as well, be prepared! Sugar is a formidable foe, and you might be up against some serious challenges. Fortunately, your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are here to help. Take a look at the following suggestions they recommend that will help curb all those evil sugar cravings heading your way.
Fill Your Meals With the Right Foods
When you are cutting something out of your diet, you need to replace it with something else or your body won't be very happy with you. So, when you are reducing your sugar, it will help to fill your day with healthy snacks and nutrient-dense meals. Look for high protein or high fiber items as well as deeply-hued fruits and vegetables. The protein and fiber will keep you feeling full for longer periods of time and the rainbow of fruits and vegetables you eat will fill your body with amazing nutrition.
Keep Sugary Items Out of the House
You won't continue to eat sugary treats if they aren't in your home, so keep them out of your shopping cart and try to purchase healthier substitutes instead. Some alternatives that are worth considering are naturally sweet herbal teas, unsweetened yogurt with fresh fruit on top, or "ice cream" made out of frozen bananas.
Turn Your Cravings Into Exercise
One of the most beneficial ways to distract yourself from your sugar cravings is to get your body moving! The feel-good endorphins that exercise helps to release will stop a sugar craving dead in its tracks. But that's not all exercise will do! It will also improve your overall health and wellness in the process, and over time, you may even come to desire physical activity more than a sugary treat. Imagine that!
The Great Balancing Act
Reducing your sugar intake may be a challenging journey, but the results you achieve will be worth all the hard work and effort you put into it. But remember, don't worry if you slip every now and then. It's perfectly OK to treat yourself with a little sweetness if you do so in moderation. After all, life is all about keeping things in balance!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C.