Four Steps to Ending Your Sugar Addiction Naturally

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If there’s one craving people can’t seem to kick, it’s sugar. Diets may go well for a day or two, maybe even a week, but time and time again sugary foods like cake and cookies call and we find ourselves eating unhealthy treats. Overcoming an addiction to sugar may seem difficult, but following these four easy steps will greatly aid you in your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle:

  • Introduce the right foods into your diet: Unsurprisingly, diet is going to be a major factor in ending your relationship with sugar. It’s important to eat foods that will balance out blood sugar and insulin levels. Try eating healthy proteins (beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, dairy, cheese), fats (nuts, seeds, healthy oils), and fiber (vegetables, berries, nuts, seeds) with every meal. Additionally, these foods will keep you fuller longer, so you won’t be tempted to overeat.
  • Remove sugar and grains from your diet: The first few days without sugar will be the hardest. The important thing to keep in mind, however, is that the more sugar you eat, the more your body will crave it. The most effective method is to slowly wean yourself off of sugar, reducing the unhealthy foods as time goes on. A great tip is to find replacements that satisfy your sweet cravings. Instead of pie, for example, have plain baked peaches or other fruit for dessert.
  • Take supplements: Take supplements that will help balance out your blood sugar levels. Chromium, a B complex vitamin, and a probiotic are all great options for helping curb sugar cravings. You may also want to consider taking a fiber supplement.
  • Exercise properly: Believe it or not, doing high amounts of cardiovascular exercise will actually cause you to crave sugar more. Weight training, on the other hand, won’t cause you to crave as many carbohydrates.

These tips are fast, natural, and virtually free. Try them out – you have nothing to lose!

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