Today’s Tip: 5 Tips for breaking sugar addiction
Here are a few things I have done in the past and still working on today.
- Change from white to 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain
- Give up soda
- Do away with sugar laden cereals
- Eat more foods with natural sugars like fruits and dates
- Eliminate processed foods
Like I mentioned a while back about soda addictions, sugar addictions can be detrimental to our health too. I am by no means anywhere close to being sugar free. It is so hard but I’m learning and trying to change.
In the Cravings Secrets e-book that I have, page 40 goes in to the effects of sugar, sugar addiction and breaking sugar addiction. I really need to work on this and I’m thinking I need to face this like I did with my soda addiction back in 2005.
Last December I had a cross blog conversation with my friend Shannon and we talked about how to stop the soda addiction craving. It’s looking like I might have to kick it up a notch when it comes to my breaking sugar addiction. I’m already trying to eliminate many processed foods and replace with whole healthy foods so it’s a start but I still have a long way to go.
Processed foods are SCARY! Take a look at your ketchup, cereals, bread, spaghetti sauce (make your own!) and more and you will see how the companies add all this junk to our foods. I have a lot to learn but the more I do the more it shocks me what we are putting in our bodies.
Here is a great site I found on controlling sugar cravings. I want to check this out a bit more.
What are your thoughts on breaking sugar addiction?
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Great tips! I ate WAY too many sweets and treats over the holidays and decided that the new year would bring a major change. I basically cut out all baked goods (except for whole grain breads) for a month. Plus chocolate (which I’m addicted too). I set goals for myself and was able to get thru it and now I can saviour them at special occassions!
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That’s probably why I make almost everything from scratch – the sugar and sodium in processed foods is ridiculous!
Looks like we are going to get warmer weather this week – time to get my bike out of the basement!
We have been making more stuff by scratch too. It’s so hard to break past habits but the from scratch stuff is so much tastier so we have to just keep that up.
So excited about the warm weather! My b-day is Thursday and as it looks right now it will be nice. YEA!
Karly Randolph Pitman says
Thank you for your kind words and link to First Ourselves. It sounds like you and I have much in common in trying to kick the old sugar habit.
It’s been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done – as well as the best thing I’ve ever done for my health. I’d love to support you in any way that I can.
Have a wonderful birthday!
.-= Karly Randolph Pitman´s last blog ..How to Love Your Body as You Age – 7 Tools for a Healthy Body Image =-.
You’re welcome! Thank you for your offer to help and birthday wishes. Looking forward to getting to know you better.
Eliminating processed foods was a big one for me and honestly I had more of a goal of getting rid of artificial sweeteners than of sugar.
Diet soda was a big addiction for me and I never thought I’d give it up, but I have. I drink sparkling water with some 100% fruit juice instead.
I love to bake though, so I’m not going to give sugar up entirely. Sugars are a big topic of research for me because people really jump on the bandwagon when a new more natural one is marketed. I stick with honey and maple syrup and the lesser refined cane sugars such as mascavo. White sugar isn’t used much around here at all unless I’m baking an old fave recipe that I don’t want to alter.
I emailed you about your half. 🙂
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Suzanne Franco says
Hey Angie ~ As I’ve started on my journey to losing weight, getting fit and getting healthy (have some health issues) I’m realizing more and more how addicted I am to some things and they really had a hold on me! I was for sure addicted to diet coke (so far so good – but it’s really been hard) and I’m addicted to sugar/junk food. I guess for me the only way was to quit cold turkey! I’ve heard it’s better to take baby steps so you adjust physically and mentally and some say to just do it and be done with it. Well, the jury is still out but I’ll keep you posted. *huGs* Suzanne
.-= Suzanne Franco´s last blog ..I Quit Diet Coke! (2 1/2 Weeks Now) … Watch This Video =-.
Good for you for starting your healthy lifestyle journey. The addiction to sugar and other things are so hard to break but it’s worth it when you do. I recently have been struggling with some things, falling back into bad patterns so I’m glad to know you’re in this with me.