Do you find that your thoughts are consumed with the next sweet treat you’re going to eat? Do you have to have something sugary after every meal? Are you addicted to sugar? According to a study in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, sugar releases euphoric endorphins similar in nature to drugs that are commonly abused in some people’s brains. These endorphins make you feel good, and when the feeling goes away you crave more. And, just like any other addiction, it’s not simple to break an addiction to sugar – especially when sugar can be found in so many everyday foods. From bread to ketchup, yogurts to jellies, the list of foods containing sugar is endless. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to live a life addicted to sugar; these 21 blogs will guide you through some common ways to break a sugar addiction, so you won’t forever be a slave to its sweet devices.
There are two ways to go about breaking a sugar addiction: stopping cold turkey or gradually cutting back on your consumption. These seven bloggers found that going cold turkey and completely cutting sugar out of their diet was the easiest route for them. After the initial withdrawal symptoms, their cravings for sugar diminished, until they no longer needed the sweet stuff. To read about ways you can stop sugar cold turkey, read these seven blog posts.
- How to Break a Sugar Addiction To begin your sugar elimination process, clean out any and all temptations, such as candy, cookies and other sugary snacks.
- (4) Strategies for Kicking a Sugar Addiction This blogger suggests avoiding white sugar, white flour, and caffeine to help kick the sugar habit.
- Sugar Got You Down? 10 Steps to Help You Break Free Get all sweets out of the house to help you curb temptation, and avoid replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners.
- Break Your Sugar Addiction This blogger tells you that going cold turkey is better than cutting back on sugar, as eating sugar at all can make you crave more.
- Breaking Your Sugar Addiction: The Most Powerful Change You Can Make to Your Diet Today! Cut sugar out of your diet for three to four weeks and replace those foods with whole foods. You should also avoid white flour, white bread and white rice, according to this blogger. Learn more about the foods you should eat to break your sugar addiction.
- How to Break Your Sugar Addiction Set yourself up for success by purging your cabinets of all sugary things so that you are not tempted to cheat, and make sure that you tell others of your goal to get their support.
- How to Break Your Addiction to Sugar This blogger compares the two methods of giving up sugar. You may find that going cold turkey makes the process quicker and simpler than reducing your intake slowly over time.
Replace Your Sugar Cravings
Once you start any method of breaking a sugar addiction, you will need tools to help you achieve your goal. One method you can implement is replacing your sugar cravings with something else. These seven bloggers explain how they replaced sugar cravings with things like fresh fruit, something sour and spiced tea. Read their posts to find out why these substitutions helped them break their sugar addiction.
- How to Break Your Sugar Habit: 7 Tips Instead of reaching for something sugary, try to eat fruit instead.
- Beating Home Workers’ Sugar Addiction Try drinking Chai tea with extra cinnamon after lunch instead of reaching for dessert. The natural sweetness of cinnamon can hit the same flavor targets.
- Breaking the Sugar Habit: 4 Simple Strategies When you crave something sweet, eat fruit or use stevia, a plant with sweet leaves that can be used as a sweetener, instead.
- Break a Sugar Addiction in a Week Using Three Simple Steps Instead of eating cookies and sweets, reach for homemade whole wheat bread topped with a tablespoon of raw local honey.
- [WATCH]: Sugar Detox—Tips for Breaking Your Sugar Addiction Start breaking your sugar habit by eliminating the obvious sugar snacks in your diet, then move on to replacing foods with hidden sugar with unprocessed whole foods.
- How to Break Your Sugar Addiction with Green Smoothies Replace your afternoon sugar craving with a green smoothie that has natural sweetness in it. This will help fill you up without feeding your addiction.
- Wright Way: Sugar is Not So Sweet for Your Health Check out the chart on this blog post to give you some ideas on what you should replace your high sugar foods with in order to break a sugar addiction.
Cleanses and detoxes can help ease sugar cravings when you go cold turkey. Often, eliminating sugar from your diet will enhance the natural sweetness of foods like carrots and sweet potatoes. Detoxes can also help decrease your sugar cravings. These seven blog posts explore cleanses and detoxes as a way to help break a sugar addiction.
- Juice to Break Free of Sugar Addiction Try the four day juice cleanse followed by three days of clean eating as described in this blog. There may be a fee involved.
- The Skinny: Day 1 of My Juice Cleanse No juicer needed for this juice cleanse! Instead, you buy organic juice combos that can help you kick your sugar addiction. A bonus to this method? It only lasts three days and there’s no mixing or measuring.
- Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse Part 1 Follow this blogger as she describes how she did this cleanse and how she felt during and after it.
- The Sugar Detox—Kiss Your Sugar Craving Goodbye Unlike other types of detoxes, this one includes chicken, sweet potatoes, eggs, salmon and healthy foods. You won’t be living on just fruit juice or smoothies with this method!
- Sugar Addiction, Detox and Gaining Control Over Food This is a very long post describing how a woman beat her sugar addiction and lost 300 pounds. She describes her experience with detoxing and how she did it.
- The Three-Day Sugar Detox: How to Banish Sweet Stuff from Your Life to Look Younger AND Lose Weight Follow this three day menu plan to detox your body from sugar, which will help naturally sweet food taste sweet to you again.
- Clean & Green—Eliminate Your Sugar Cravings Whether you call it a cleanse or a detox, the end goal is the same: you remove something bad from your diet and replace it with something good. You can find more information on cleansing and detoxing in this post.
Breaking a sugar addiction is difficult, but with these tools you can fight the addiction and come out happier and healthier.