Want to quit sugar? Great because I’ve put together a simple how to quit sugar plan to show you how to stop eating sugar. I struggled to quit the sweet stuff so I know how hard it can be. Sometimes things can be too complicated when all it needs is a bit of simplicity. Below are the 4 core simple yet essential steps to quitting sugar once and for all.
For you to be able to enjoy the benefits of quitting sugar all for yourself then just follow these 5 simple steps.
Let the simple how to quit sugar plan commence 🙂
Learn where all the sugar is hidden is your foods.
The first thing you need to do in order to successfully quit sugar is to know where it all is. A lot of sugar is hidden in so called healthy foods. Most people who decide to cut sugar from their diet still end up eating lots of sugars in foods they wouldn’t expect.
It can be disguised with all sorts of different names, even in things we are told are healthy and “natural” alternatives to sugar like honey and agave syrup.
Most of those “natural” sugar alternatives still contain high amounts of fructose which is the bad half of sugar (the stuff we really need to avoid).
Here’s some items that you should be weary of when quitting sugar:
Fruit juices, Agave nectar, Honey, flavoured crisps, sauces like Ketchup, BBQ etc, breads, soups, fruit yogurts, low fat yogurts, salad dressings, pasta Sauces, microwave meals, dried fruit, cereal, breakfast bars, stir fry sauces.
To help you with the how to quit sugar plan I’ve put together a list of other names sugar can be called so you can look out for them when checking labels:
Cane juice solids
Evaporated cane juice
Organic dehydrated cane juice
Organic dehydrated cane sugar
Cane juice crystals
Organic cane syrup
Organic dried cane syrup
Organic light corn syrup
Organic raw sugar
Unsulphured dry cane molasses
Organic raw blue agave
Pure maple syrup
Coconut palm sugar
Coco sap sugar
Blonde coconut sugar
Organic coconut nectar
Coconut palm nectar
Organic dehydrated coconut nectar
Raw coconut crystals
Organic date paste
Organic Biodynamic Raisins
Fruit juice crystals
Fruit juice concentrates
Organic white grape juice concentrate
Raisin juice concentrate
Organic fruit puree
Clear all products containing added sugar out of your cupboards.
Sounds obvious right? You’d be surprised how many people miss this vital ingredient out of the mix when quitting sugar. Even I fell for this when I first tried to quit for the first time.
This step in the how to quit sugar plan is sooo important if you are to be successful so make sure you do this! Simply go through all the kitchen cupboards and find the products containing added sugar. A rule of thumb for me is anything with over 5g of sugar per 100g is too much and must go. Once you’ve got them all it’s time to get rid of them. Throw them away or give the to someone who wants them.
When you do this you are going to feel liberated but more importantly you are going to make sure you are more likely to be successful when quitting sugar.
Prepare yourself for situations involving sugar
Sugar is everywhere so you need to be prepared when you encounter situations where you might eat it.
For example going out with the family to the cinemas you may find yourself wanting to grab the sweet popcorn or head for the pick a mix.
So at first you need to be completely ready. That could mean eating plenty before you go to situations like that so you don’t feel hungry or could have a plan to get something else like salted popcorn etc.
If you are fully expecting the situation before you get there then you are much more likely to be successful, this takes planing and being realistic. Don’t think because you’re going somewhere that you would normally eat sugar that you’ll just say no, you need a game plan ready for when you arrive at the sugar situation.
Another thing is don’t expect people to help you when you are following this how to quit sugar plan. Most people just don’t understand why you want to quit or can’t quit themselves so they try to get you to eat sugar with them because it makes them feel more comfortable.
For example if you go for lunch with friends you may find yourself being pressured into having some dessert with them. You’ll be surprised at how much resistance you might get from friends.
I’ve been out with friends and family for something to eat and they would be like let’s get a dessert and even after saying no a good few times they will still keep trying to push the dessert on me. Ok why don’t we share one? Or come on you only live once. And the old life’s too short to not enjoy yourself.
The truth is life is to short not to feel amazing and live it feeling anything other than fantastic. So don’t let anyone get you off course. Be prepared for those situations and be firm and keep in mind what you’re gaining by quitting this sweet poison once and for all!
Commit to a quit date and stick to it!
Don’t just say you’ll quit tomorrow after a binge or half heartedly say you’ll quit on Monday. Pick a date and commit to quitting sugar on that day. You may want to gradually cut down the amount of sugar you eat building up to that date but when the day arrives make sure you are mentally prepared and then just stick to it.
It will be a challenge the first few days but it gets easier and easier as the days pass till eventually you won’t even care about the white stuff that took up so much of your life.
So there you have it the 4 simple step for the how to quit sugar plan. One last note before you head of into the sunset on this happy sugar free journey. Just know that at some point you may slip of the wagon once or twice or even a few times but don’t let that stop you from giving up altogether.
Just accept you slipped up momentarily then pick yourself up, dust yourself of, then carry on the next day as planned. Eventually you will find yourself slipping up less and less often till you notice you haven’t had the urge to eat sugar for week and then months.
Once you really feel the wonderful health benefits you will be glad you kept on going and you’ll never look back!
I hope this how to quit sugar plan helps you! All the best and good luck 🙂