How Can I Stop Eating Sugar?
How can I stop eating sugar is on a lot of peoples minds at the moment and with good reason. We have record high levels of obesity, heart disease and diabetes and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. People are eating more low fat than ever, eating more sugar than ever, joining more gyms yet we’re still putting on more weight. Studies are now proving that sugar could be one of the major contributing factors when it comes to the obesity epidemic and I want to help change that.
If you cut sugar out of your diet I believe you will never go back. Life is amazing without sugar. Once you quit you’ll wish you did it a long time ago. I expericed improved health, better skin, better sleep, happier moods, my astma is the best it’s been in years plus I shed a load of weight with no signs of it coming back.
In this post I’m going answer your question “how can I stop eating sugar?” and hopefully it will help you get on the right track so you can quit once and for all and live your life feeling full of health and vitality which is how life’s meant to be lived!
Here we go. The first step to quitting sugar is…
Get Educated Around Sugar
This seems like an obvious thing to do before you take on the challenge of quitting the white stuff but surprisingly most people don’t. Before I seriously wanted to know how can I stop eating sugar successfully I would make quick spare of the moment resolutions to quit which is normally after a binge and when I hit any obstacle (normally the next day) I’d fail because I wasn’t ready with the right knowledge before stopping. Firstly you need to know what foods you need to avoid.
Most people know they shouldn’t be eating cakes, chocolate, ice cream etc but they don’t know about all the other hidden sugars. All the sugars in so called “healthy” stuff can be just as bad as the obvious offenders.
Here’s a list of some “healthy” sugar laden products,
Fruit juices, Smoothies, Agave nectar, Syrup, Honey, Soups, Low fat yogurts, Low Fat Salad dressings, Low Fat Microwave meals, Dried fruit, Cereal Breakfast Bars, Stir fry sauces.
There’s so many items that contain sugar in a grocery store it’s mind boggling. It’s somewhere around 600,000 food items in an average grocery store contain added sugar. That’s around 80 percent that contains sugar. WOW crazy right!
That’s a lot of sugar that’s doing damage to your body. Truth be told most people don’t even realise sugars negative effects on the body.
Here’s some to name a few,
Sugar suppresses your immune system
Sugar ages the skin faster
Sugar makes you fat
Sugar can cause diabetes
Sugar can cause liver fatty disease
Sugar makes you eat more
Sugar effects our moods
The list goes on
Check out my post The Effects Of Sugar On The Body if you want to know more.
Next up in the quest to help answer your question how can I stop eating sugar is how to avoid the most common pitfall when quitting sugar.
Avoiding The Most Common Sugar Quit Pitfalls
To quit sugar you want to make sure you don’t fall for the most common pitfalls. Most people when they first attempt to quit they nearly always come into one of these pitfalls. If you are aware of them then you are much less likely not to fall for them.
First is be careful not to eat foods that contain hidden sugar. Like I showed you before the list of so called healthy foods with hidden sugar. That is one of the most common mistakes. So many people think they are eating healthy and can’t understand why they still feel like crap after they’ve quit. It’s quite often down to this reason. It’s a common mistake to substitute sugar with another form of the same substance. That means no Agave nectar, Syrup, Honey etc if you really want to succeed.
Next common pitfall is not purging your cupboards of the sweet stuff. It doesn’t make sense to leave all that sweet poison in your cupboards ready for when you hit those expected tough moments in the first few weeks.
You wouldn’t leave a kitchen full of heroin for an addict to get his hands on easily if he was trying to quit heroin would you? It’s basically the same, well ok maybe not that extreme but you get the point. Get that sugar out of your cupboards if you want the best chances of success.
Last pitfall I’m going to mention here is don’t come from the deprived mindset. Most people including me when they quit they sit around mopping to themselves feeling they are missing out on all those sugary things they could be eating. It’s was only when I realised that I was actually being deprived of so much good things by eating it that I actually sort of enjoyed giving it up. I realised I was losing out on my health, leaner figure, happier moods, much more energy and over all a good sense of well being if I continued to put that crap in my body.
Try this, write down all the things you think you’ll gain by quitting sugar and then all the things you’ll miss out on if you continue to eat the white poison.
If you have it written down somewhere you can see it really does help you flip that mind set around.
Be Ready For The Withdrawal Period
This is obviously the most difficult part when giving up sugar. The truth is though, even though it might be the most difficult part it’s not actually that hard if you know what to expect and what to do when certain situations arrive.
The average time to get through the withdrawal period is about 30 days. Once you get through that it becomes a hell of a lot easier. Some people it can be less and some it can be a little more it just depends on the person.
So what can you expect in withdrawal period?
Image the worst thing you could possibly imagine then times it by ten! Only joking it’s nothing like that. What you may experience is some of these slight symptoms Headaches, Irritable Moods, Cravings, Mild Depression, Flu symptoms and Sleeplessness.
Those are the worst case symptoms, you’ll probably just feel a little cranky and that’s about it.
You need to remember your body has got used to all that processed sugar being around and once you cut of the supply your bodies homeostasis is going to be thrown out of whack while it recalibrates but once your hormones have levelled out you’ll feel brand new!
To help you get through the withdrawal period in one piece I suggest having something available to snack on at all times while your body gets used to the absence of all that sugar. I used nuts and cheese, but you can eat what you like as long as it doesn’t contain sugar and is also healthy. A word of advice here is avoid fruit for the first month as you want your body to detox from sugar and get your hormones back into balance. If you eat fruit it might slow down the process so I would say it’s best to limit your fruit intake for the first 30 days.
Useful tips for quitting
Lastly here’s some useful tips to help you answer the question how can I stop eating sugar.
Pick a date for quitting then never give up giving up. Once you pick a date to quit suddenly shit gets real (in a good way). You feel inner power knowing you’re about to change your life by ridding this sweet poison from your life once and for all! One word of advice though is decide whether you will quit cold turkey or if you’ll gradually reduce your intake ready for the day you quit. It’s up to you. I preferred to quit cold turkey as I’m the kind of guy who wants get through it quick so it’s out the way.
Some people on the other hand like to build up to the big day. It’s a bit like some people like to jump straight in the pool and some like to get in bit by bit. It’s really down to your own preference but just pick a date and stick to it.
If or should I say when you have a slip up just carry on the next day from where you left. Don’t just give up at the first hurdle, it’s going to happen so it’s how you deal with it what counts.
Quit with others or join a community. When you quit sugar it might help you to quit with someone as it’s good to have support of someone going through the same experience as you. You can go through the ups and down together! If you don’t have someone who you can do this with in person you can join a sugar quit community online. You can still speak to people who are doing what you’re doing to help give you support, in fact you’ll probably have a lot more support as there’s more people online. Whatever you do at least do one of these as it will make a big difference.
So there you have it my answer to How can I stop eating sugar. I hope this post helped you and if you have any questions please comment in the section below 🙂
So to summerise my post “How can I stop eating sugar”
- Get Educated Around Sugar
- Avoid the common pitfalls
- Prepare for the withdrawal period
- Pick and date to quit
- Quit with someone or join a community
All the best and speak soon my soon to be sugar free friends 🙂
Alan “how can I stop eating sugar” Young