Don’t forget that giving up sugar takes time and suddenly trying to give up this food will cause anxiety. Anxiety causes blood sugar to rise and destroys your efforts to quit sugar. To quit sugar or reduce its consumption, you need to add some healthy habits to your lifestyle:
Drink water: Cravings for sugar and sweet foods can be a sign of dehydration. So before you go for sugar, drink a glass of water and wait to see what happens. Be sure that your desire to consume this food will be greatly reduced.
Learn the different names of sugar: Sugar is labeled with different names on food packaging. Some of these names are glucose, fructose, dextrose, etc. Worst of all, sugar is in foods you don’t think about. Kebab sauce, pasta sauce, salad dressing, baked beans, etc. contain sugar. Get into the habit of reading food labels before adding them to your shopping cart.
Sleep well: When you are tired, your body requires more energy and you will be more likely to eat sweet foods. This tendency is usually due to sleeping late or waking up too early. Experts recommend that you sleep at least 8 hours a night. If you feel hungry due to fatigue and need to eat, eat a small snack without sugar.
Go for a walk: By increasing physical activity, you will see increased energy, reduced stress and lower blood sugar levels. Experts recommend that you walk 30 minutes a day. You can start with 10 minutes of walking a day and gradually increase it. With increasing physical activity, your desire for healthy foods will increase.
Eat protein: Eating protein is an easy way to reduce sugar cravings. Protein will keep you full for longer, and you’ll crave carbs and refined sugars less. Foods such as chicken, eggs, nuts, and legumes such as beans, peas, and lentils, as well as low-fat yogurt, are good sources of protein.
Drink less coffee: Coffee is a diuretic and reduces body water levels. Dehydration is an important cause of blood sugar fluctuations. If you love sugar, try to limit coffee to one cup a day. Drink more green tea than before.