Stop eating sugar – good idea, isn’t it? But how many people tried to change their lifestyle drastically, and how many succeeded? Most of them lasted only a few days, and miserably failed, coming back to their old eating habits. What is the problem? Why is it so incredibly difficult to give up eating sweets, even if you really want it?
The problem is in wrong approach to sugar-free diet. You should treat it as a lifestyle rather than as a diet. You should accept the changes on a permanent basis, not as a temporary fix. The best way to do it is to take it slow. To move with baby steps. This way you will avoid strong sugar cravings and symptoms that usually accompany sugar “withdrawal”: mood swings, lack of energy, headaches, irritability and others. Of course, it won’t be fast, and it won’t give immediate results, but this is the only way to go through the detoxification process stress-free.
So, if you are serious about starting a new, sugar-free life, take a first step now. Don’t wait for Monday, or for the first of the next month… start right now!
Make a comprehensive plan of your detoxification program. Be realistic when you set your goals, and don’t be too hard on yourself. When making a plan, keep in mind that it may change as you progress, so don’t be absolute in following the schedule.
Reduce consumption of one of the most caloric and sweetest foods. Let it be a chocolate bar that you eat every day. Instead, for one week eat it every other day, next week eat only once, and the following two weeks cross it out of your diet completely. Thus, you will reduce your daily intake for: 28g of sugar, 266 calories and 11g of fat (amount contained in one Snickers bar). Not bad at all, and you don’t have any cravings and blood sugar swings, as you are going really slowly. You let your body get accustomed to a new sugar level in a natural way, without stressing it out.
The following month, take another food rich in unwanted sugars and calories: be it your morning muffin, daily soda, or favorite dressing. Yes, dressings, ketchups and sauces are incredibly rich in refined sugars that we want to get rid of – check my list of foods that are unexpectedly high in sugar. Walk the same path with this product. If you feel you can handle it, work at two products at a time, or reduce the time to eliminate one food – it’s up to you. You know your organism, you see how it reacts to the changes, and you are to decide which path to take and which pace is best for you. But remember one rule: don’t come back.
You will find it easier if you replace the foods you eliminate with something more healthy, especially if it has a sweet flavor, too: Snickers bar – with a fruit, soda – with flavored mineral water, dressing – with olive oil, etc.
As you gradually clean your diet from unhealthy products, keep track on your to-do list, or plan you created. Check the goals you achieved, the ones that you missed and do some analyzing: are you moving too fast? Or maybe you can do it faster, and spend less time reaching your goals? Tweak your plan accordingly, and move on your track to healthy, sugar-free life.