While in the midst of your love affair with sugar, getting to the point of a no sugar diet may seem impossible. But, we have good news: it may not be as hard as you think. While there are many options to choose from for a quitting sugar detox, following these five steps will get you on your way to becoming sugar free.
Pay Attention to What Goes in Your Mouth…And Your Cart
While this may seem obvious, if more people paid attention to the items placed in their carts when grocery shopping, and the choices they make when eating out, the sugar epidemic might not be so out of control. Taking an extra few minutes at the grocery store to read labels and choose foods with little to no sugar count can make a huge difference in your diet, and your waist line. Be aware of the many names sugar goes by to “hide” in your favorite foods. These include anything ending in -ose: glucose, fructose, lactose, maltose, as well as agave, molasses, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup.
When eating out, make choices that are known to have less sugar. Pass on desserts, but also beware of that “healthy” salad whose dressing is laden with sugar.
One Meal at a Time
Those who are most successful at a quitting sugar detox are usually not the ones who try to go cold turkey. Taking baby steps and beginning by cutting down on your sugar will help you get to a completely sugar free diet-one meal at a time. Start by cutting out the soda (or other sugary drink) at lunch, then maybe pass on dessert a few times a week. Taking small steps will help you feel an increase in energy and become less dependent on sugar.
Recent studies show that balancing the bacteria in your gut will help decrease sugar cravings, and in some cases, will eliminate them entirely. Probiotics are found in fermented foods and drinks including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and miso, and can actually retrain your taste buds, and eliminate the need for sweets. Chromium has also been known to help balance minerals in your body and keep insulin levels stable so that the afternoon slumps don’t come as frequently.
Pack in the Protein
When your sugar cravings are out of control, it is entirely possible that the body is wanting a different food group entirely. By consuming protein sources at every meal, you will stay fuller for longer periods of time, and control your appetite and weight gain.
Most people find the above steps helpful in working toward a no sugar diet, but still need some help before breaking up with sugar entirely. This is where Sugar-Zen come in. Our capsules are all-natural and food based and have been proven to reduce sugar cravings. The program includes a supportive plan for your quitting sugar detox, and teaches you how to stop sugar cravings and live a no sugar diet-for good. For more information, visit our home page here, and good luck on your journey toward a no sugar diet.