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Sugar Annomynous

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

So I found these suggestions on this web-site and am going to post this blog to stay focus:

How to Beat Your Sugar Addiction - Ways to curb your sugar cravings.

1. Reduce the amount of sugar you consume - the less you eat, the less you crave. Soda and juice are high in sugar so read your labels carefully.

2. Eat some sweet vegetables. Root vegetables like yams, sweet potato, carrots, beets and onions provide a sweet flavor that satisfies the palate, reducing your craving for a sweet dessert.

3. Eat some leafy green vegetables to replenish the vitamins and minerals you have been losing to sugar.

4. Drink more water! We often mistake thirst for hunger. The next time a craving strikes, drink some water and see how you feel.

5. Gain awareness of the many names of sugar as they appear on food labels. Sugar is called fructose, maltose, dextrose, cane sugar, turbinado, organic sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup, just to name a few.

6. Remember that processed foods act like sugar in the body, so stay away from white bread, white pasta and white rice when you are trying to reduce the amount of sugar you consume. Replace these with whole grain versions for a slower burning food.

7. Stay away from artificial sweeteners! Aside from being a chemical and not a food, artificial sweeteners are much sweeter than regular sugar. Studies have shown that zero calorie sweeteners cause weight gain by tricking the body into thinking that they are the real sweet. Because artificial sweeteners are much sweeter than sugar, people overeat when exposed to sugar, trying to reach the sweetness of the fake.

8. Try natural sweeteners like raw honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar in place of sugar. These sweeteners are less processed than sugar and still have their nutrients intact. Although they have calories like sugar, they do not cause weight gain as quickly because they burn more slowly in the body. If you want a zero calorie sweetener, try stevia leaf, an herbal supplement that is extremely sweet and can be found in your local health food store.

I like the side effects from this article:

Side effects from reducing sugar include weight loss, better mood, more energy, better skin, hair, and nails, and a healthier, happier you!

This probably sounds completely absurd to people who do not have sweet cravings, but there it is!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUDIL62 3/10/2011 9:19AM

    Awesome. I love #2, and I'm going to join you in that one. No candy will be tough around Easter. You can do this! have a great day.


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PAPER_WINGS18 3/10/2011 12:15AM

    great blog, Andrea! Very insightful. I wish you the best of luck with your lent stuff! :-)

Hmm, you gave up diet cokes a couple years ago? How did you do it? I'm trying to cut back but it's difficult... bleh!

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