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7 Tips to Stop Sugar Cravings

How to Get Off Sugar

It takes about 7 days to get the addiction out of your system. This does not mean the cravings will disappear but the intense addiction needs that amount of time.  Wean yourself off sugar or go cold-turkey.  The choice is yours — you pick the way that works for you as we are all different.

Tips on How Wean Yourself Slowly:

1. Eat fresh and dried fruit instead of sugary sweets – Although they are filled with natural sugar, they are a healthier choice as fruit is filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber.  It is okay at first to eat a bigger quantity of them while weaning.
2. Dessert Rules – Week 1: Maximum once a day. Week 2: twice a week. Week 3: once a week.  Make it your rule to have raw fruit at least half the time.
3. Try Stevia – A natural sugar alternative that actually nourishes the pancreas and has no calories. Stevia is an herbal extract from the Stevia Rebaudiana leaf that has been shown to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.
4. Don’t skip meals – When you miss regular meals; you create a starving situation in your body and you will eat anything to bring your blood sugar level back to normal and you know what that means.
5. Instead of soda pop, lemonade & iced tea – Make lemonade with stevia and herb tea with stevia.  If you need that carbonated zing, add sparkling mineral water. When at a party or at the bar, drink soda water with lime or lemon.
6. No sweets in your cupboards or fridge – It is too tempting to have them available.
7. When craving strikes, go for a walk – Athletes’ cravings for sweet foods declines after exercise; they prefer salty foods.

How to Get Off Sugar Quickly

I am so passionate about getting off sugar that I offer Healthy Web Trainings where you get focused support in eating perfectly balanced healthy meals which includes shopping lists, menues and video training.   Sometimes just knowing what to do is not enough.  A person has to feel  confident enough to do it easily.

Tip: Read labels for hidden sugars & sugar aliases
Hidden sugars: tomato sauce, baked beans, packaged foods, chewing gum, mints, and lunch meats.
Sugar aliases: corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, glucose, honey, hydrogenated starch, invert sugar maltose, lactose, mannitol, maple syrup, molasses, polyols, sorghum, sucrose, sorbitol, and xylitol.

Natural Alternatives to Sugar:

This article is a second in a three-part series about sugar. The third will deal with all the wonderful natural sweeteners, their different qualities, benefits, and when to use them.

Sugar-Free Recipes

To also assist you in this area, I offer recipes that I have worked with, sometimes for years. Most of them are 100 percent sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan.

Gingerbread Cake :  This is to DIE FOR and unlike many deserts is very balancing to your health.
Brown Rice Pudding
:  A tasty familiar treat.
Apple Cake
:  I tried FIVE TIMES to get this just right.

Enjoy.

Related:
7 Tricks to Tame Your Sweet Tooth
Reasons to Avoid Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners
10 Surprisingly Sugary Foods

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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7:35PM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

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11:58AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

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4:31PM PST on Dec 13, 2013

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6:41PM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

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5:45AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

I completely banned sweets, lollies, cakes, biscuits, icecreams, chips, crackers..... CHOCOLATE - junk food of any kind from my diet about 1.5 years ago after systematically emotionally eating and raiding the cupboard out of boredom.

Yes, I can claim it was difficult, but I never gave in and now I am very disciplined. You learn to enjoy the less sweet (sugary) versions of things... such as one teaspoon of raw organic cacao powder instead of chocolate blocks....

4:24AM PDT on May 30, 2013

Hmm will this knowledge now sto my cravings?
Igive it a try.

10:27AM PDT on May 21, 2013

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