Although regular consumption of sugar and sweets is known to be bad (after all, they play a leading role in countless diseases such as diabetes, obesity and tooth decay), it is really difficult to give them up and find a sustainable way to eat less sugar.
That’s because sugar is a highly addictive substance: it stimulates the same region of the brain associated with drug and alcohol addiction. The more you eat it, the more you crave it.
And even if the intake of sugar in small doses and in a balanced diet has no negative effects, addiction to it can create various problems.
Dismissing these delicacies seems like an impossible mission, but it doesn’t have to be. By tailoring your “sugar detox” to your personality, you can find more effective strategies to help you fight your sweet tooth cravings.
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Yes, because there is no method that is valid for everyone, but a method that is valid for every type of personality.
So here’s how to say goodbye to sugar based on your personality type.
We often allow external factors to guide our food choices.
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When you want to eat half a chocolate bar for no apparent reason, the first step is to stop. So ask yourself “why?”.
Feelings such as sadness, boredom, or procrastination can lead you to eat sweets. Then go deeper into uncovering your sugar cravings and try to understand where they are coming from and what they are trying to solve.
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Knowing that this urge doesn’t come from hunger can help you deal with cravings better. In this case, the advice is to adopt some coping strategies, such as calling a friend when you need to release the craving or keeping a journal to write in these moments.
Giving up sugar doesn’t mean giving it up forever, especially if you’re a greedy person. But like everything, there is a time and a place for sweets.
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Avoid crazy diets that you already know will fail. Even a small mistake will create a feeling of guilt and you will end up thinking that you have ruined your day. You’ll end up giving up on healthy eating because you’ve failed so far (promising to yourself that you’ll start over next week, only to end up in the same trap).
This approach is extremely counterproductive: limiting certain foods only increases the desire for them.
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Instead, allow yourself intentional enjoyment. For example, once a week plan to eat something you really like (a slice of your favorite cake, a scoop of ice cream…) without feeling guilty.
These planned insanities can actually help you eat less sugar overall.
If you start by eating some candy, do you end up wanting to eat the whole bag? If you have ice cream in the freezer, do you find it hard to resist eating the whole box when you sit down in front of the TV? If you find it easier to avoid having treats at home entirely, you may be the all-or-nothing type of person when it comes to sugar.
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So while it’s a smart move to clear the kitchen of the sweet stuff, you may need to go a step further.
Until the sugar addiction is under control and the intense craving for sweets is reduced, you need to be more strict with all foods that contain added or natural sugars.
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It is also important to include family members in this challenge of yours, because sugary food hiding around the house can be problematic.
Giving up sugar can be a daunting task, as it can be disguised in so many foods – from the most obvious (sugar, chocolate, sweets) to the most challenging (sodas, snacks and sauces).
Understanding what you can and can’t eat is difficult, but it’s the first step to take. This is where the nature of your batch scheduler comes into play.
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Prepare snacks to use as soon as the hunger strike strikes. Always carry healthy snacks with you, such as fresh fruit or nuts, pre-peeled hard-boiled eggs or cheese bites.
Not only is sugar hiding in unexpected foods (salad dressings, sauces, frozen foods), but it’s also concentrated in some carbohydrate-rich foods, such as bagels and pizza. This means you can be a sugar fanatic without even knowing it.
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In order to eat less sugar and be successful at it, you need to practice simple mindfulness.
Know that refined carbohydrates (pasta, crackers, white bread), as well as French fries, actually contain large amounts of sugar. Not only that, but if you’re always craving carbohydrate-rich foods for breakfast (such as croissants, muffins, biscuits), you’re probably addicted to sugar; even if you generally prefer salty.
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Recognizing the fact and therefore limiting the consumption of these foods is the only way to fight addiction.
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