Last week I talked about why sugar addiction is bad and the signs and symptoms of sugar addiction.

Now, let’s look at 5 ways to overcome sugar addiction.

1) Cut the sugar

Stop eating process, packaged and sugary food. Do not stock them at home. When they are not near you, you are not tempted and give in during stress or hunger.

Cut down on soda beverages and commercial fruit juices. Even when they claim to be “ reduced or low in sugar” there are still sugar substitutes in them.

Avoid alcohol, as they are prepared from sugar and it can increase blood glucose faster than white sugar.

Learn to read food packaging labels and recognize the various types of names of sugar in it: barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose.

2) Replace sugar with whole food

Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein from plant. They are complex carbohydrates and good protein that do not cause spike in blood sugar and insulin.

Also, they are high in fiber in vitamin, minerals and anti-oxidants. Fiber helps to prevent absorption of fats as well as bowel movements. Vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants improve the immune system and prevent sickness.

So food to go for: all vegetables, brown rice, sweet potato, oats, barley, beans and nuts

3) Stay away from artificial sweetener

“Sugar free” food contain artificial sweetener to make it taste sweet. It is normally used with other sugar substitute called sugar alcohol, which may have lower calories than sugar but still contain some calories.

Artificial sweeteners can make you crave for more and some can cause health problems. Instead, train your palette to accept less sweetness.

4) Exercise

When you exercise, the body produces a feel good hormone, which replaces the feeling of contentment sugar gives to the body. Exercise also burns away the fat that has been converted from sugar.

Brisk walk 30 min every day for at least 5 days a week is sufficient to produce beneficial effects. See my post on 6 Ways to Prevent Heart Disease, highlighting the benefits of exercise.

5) Drink plenty of water

Water serves to flush out toxins that are produced from the body metabolic processes. A general guide is 30 ml of water for every 60kg of body weight. So, if you are 60kg, you need 1.8 liters of water.

Not drinking enough water will cause self-poisoning of the body. This is because, the toxins cannot be flushed out and remain in the body. You will feel tired and have the problem with constipation and bad skin.

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