5 Tips for Giving Up Sugar

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1. Manage Cravings. When cravings happen because you have cut out sugar from you should have some tools to deal with them. Take 1 tablespoon of organic baking cocoa and mix it into hot water. Sipping on this drink can help stimulate pleasure centers in the brain and help to fight cravings. Also, drinking BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) can also help to fight cravings. Place a scoop of BCAAs in water and sip on it to help prevent cravings.

2. Eat regularly every few hours. You want to keep blood sugar stable so that you don’t experience highs and lows that make you crave more sugar. Each meal/snack you eat during the day should be balanced with protein, fat and complex carbs. Filling up on high fiber foods like vegetables and complex carbs like oatmeal, brown rice, and quiona will help to keep your hunger and cravings in control.

3. Substitute sugar with fruit. If you are planning on giving up sugar but still want something sweet try low glycemic fruits like berries, apples and grapefruits. You just want to be sure that you are not over eating fruit since it is so sweet it could make you crave it even more. Sticking to lower glycemic foods like berries will help to keep sugar cravings at bay.

4. Fill up on veggies and protein.
Foods like vegetables and protein help to keep you full longer and help to keep you from craving sugar.

5. Don’t substitute with artificial sweeteners it will only cause a rebound effect.
Sweet & Low, Equal, and Splenda are all artificial sweeteners. They are not found in nature and have all been made from chemicals to imitate the flavor and use of sugar and only causes your body to crave more sugar.

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