However when I bring up sugar, everyone starts to squirm! Sugar is a really hard one – it’s in our morning coffee and mid-morning granola bar, it’s piled onto our salads in the form of dressing and coated around the “fruit” in our yogurt. Sugar is in just about everything, often in the horrendous form of high-fructose corn syrup. We often assume low-fat or non-fat versions of foods are better for us, but typically this just means more sugar is added to make up for the lack of fats and oils. Gross!

Our bodies are crazy sensitive to sugar – in one study done, rats were given the option between sugar water or cocaine and they chose the sugar water every single time. The idea behind eating just a bite of sugar is almost impossible – eating sugar trains our bodies to crave it more and more intensely.

So, I get it, cutting sugar isn’t easy, but a sugar-free diet means higher energy, faster weight loss, better skin, fewer mood swings and headaches, improved mental state and decreased signs of hunger and hugely improved overall health. If you ask me, that’s worth it. Plus, once you detox your body from sugar, your craving for sugar will eventually subside. Why not try it?
Do a 30-day trial and let me know how it goes. Here are five ways to help you get started today.

  1. Make It At Home

The best way to control what goes into your food is to make it yourself. Buy a plain yogurt and add your own fruit, make a salad dressing at home with olive oil and balsamic, citrus and herbs. I use low-glycemic coconut sugar and dried fruits for sweetener. It’s a pretty good rule of thumb that the more an item is processed, the more sugar-filled it is likely to be, so avoid the middle men and make it yourself!

  1. Substitute

In my house, coconut is our sugar-savior. Coconut oil, coconut palm sugar, coconut nectar – you name it, I use it. Coconut products are an amazing low-glycemic, natural substitute for sugar or oils for baking or cooking. I also love stevia products to sweeten beverages. If you’re the type to ladle sugar onto your oatmeal in the morning, try a little cinnamon for flavor and fresh berries instead.

  1. Supplement

This is an easy one; poor gut-health sends your body begging for sugar. I take probiotic daily to keep my gut balanced and healthy.

  1. Nourish Yourself

Both hunger and dehydration send immediate signals to our brain that we need sugar. Our bodies are smart, they know that the highest calorie foods are sugary snacks; so when we don’t eat, they are asking us for the things they think will help us most. Avoid that moment of “I’m so hungry, I just need a little sugar”, and eat a balanced, natural, whole-grain diet whenever your schedule allows (3 or 5 meals at the same time each day) and keep replenished with lots of water throughout the day. The more foods you eat without sugar, the less you’ll need sugar at all.

  1. Don’t be fooled

Alright, you’ve committed and you’re going sugar free! You will need to read the labels! You will soon drop and run from anything that lists “sugar” in its ingredients! But you have to be careful, they are not going to make it easy on you. Sugar can be listed as any of the following things on food labels: dextrose, fruit-juice concentrate, malt syrup, glucose, molasses, sucrose, beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, evaporated cane juice. And never, ever drink a drink that substitutes aspartame for sugar – it’s equally as deadly.

Enjoy your challenge and go for your health!

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