Advice for kicking a sugar habit

#1
Hey NueroSkillz friends!

I was wondering if anyone has any advice for kicking your sugar habit. I have an awful sweet tooth that I just cannot get rid of. I have several friends who have suggested some detox cleanses, however, I am also a vegetarian and most of those plans are meat heavy. Does anyone have any tricks or tips? They do not have to be a meal plan, simple advice would be wonderful. Thanks!

-SM
 
#2
I am a food junkie so this is a TOUGH one. I think my first piece of advice would be to avoid depriving yourself. Quitting cold turkey and eliminating an entire aspect from your life is typically not sustainable... and can also make you very miserable!

As for specific food-related changes you could make, I think it depends on what your primary vice is.

An overconsumption of sugar across the board?
Perhaps try substituting sugar for healthier alternatives that will provide a similar effect in your meals. Things like, fruit, honey, and syrup, are natural sweeteners and could be used in lieu of artificial sugars to appease your sweet tooth.

A love for dessert and late night snacking?
I’ve heard that eating smaller and more frequent meals - once every 2-3 hours - keeps cravings for sweets under control.

Good luck!
 
#3
Try to swiitch to natural sweets like fruits which are sweet also like mango and eventually eliminating the artificial sugars that you intake for example the sugars that you put on your drinks, food and etc. good luck cheers!
 
#4
I would suggest you try out sweetners such as honey. You can always compensate your sugar craving with vitamin C rich fruits such as oranges which are also sweet but not harmful.
 
#5
Thanks for all of the advice guys. I think I need to just stop keeping processed sweets in the house and move towards keeping more natural sweets like you all suggested.
 
#6
Thanks for all of the advice guys. I think I need to just stop keeping processed sweets in the house and move towards keeping more natural sweets like you all suggested.
Yes miss because eating lots of foods with artificial sweetening will increase the chances of you getting diabetes any other diseases there is also a research that artificial sweets can cause certain types of cancer.
 

Sam_C

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#7
I am with bmcd16 on this one. Quitting cold turkey is tough and probably not necessary. You can still enjoy the sugar, but in smaller amounts. I LOVE chocolate, but eating an entire bar at once is out of the question. Instead, I will snap off a small piece every night over the course of a week. It sounds crazy, but the flavor is intense, and lasts a good while on my tongue. Same goes for cake. Instead of eating an entire piece in one sitting, I'll slice it into three and enjoy it for a few consecutive days. In other words, don't deprive yourself. Divide and conquer. ;)
 
#8
Also, just not buying sweets (or at the bad processed sweets) when you go grocery shopping helps with the temptation. If you don't have them in your house as a snack option, you won't eat them! Stock up on natural, good for you snacks.
 
#9
Hey NueroSkillz friends!

I was wondering if anyone has any advice for kicking your sugar habit. I have an awful sweet tooth that I just cannot get rid of. I have several friends who have suggested some detox cleanses, however, I am also a vegetarian and most of those plans are meat heavy. Does anyone have any tricks or tips? They do not have to be a meal plan, simple advice would be wonderful. Thanks!

-SM
My best advice is to try things out and find what works for you. Many people are suggesting to go gradually instead of cold turkey, but for me, weaning doesn't work. I know that if I give myself a little wiggle room, it'll open the flood gates and I'll go overboard. The most success I've ever had kicking sugar was when I was staying on a strict keto diet. I felt great, and giving up sweets was fairly easy, probably because of the higher fat intake. Try some things out, and if you fall off the wagon, try something else, and don't beat yourself up about it!
 
#10
Yes miss because eating lots of foods with artificial sweetening will increase the chances of you getting diabetes any other diseases there is also a research that artificial sweets can cause certain types of cancer.
You are so right! Diabetes is one of my huge fears since it runs in my family.
 
#11
If I have chocolate in the house I will eat ALL of it, even if it's like 4 bars. What I've found helps is not buying more than I need. I know it's hard but I just buy 1 bar and know I won't go to the store for another week.

Also, avoid eating lots at once when given the opportunity, it feels like the more you eat at once the more addicted you get. Good luck!
 
#12
My best advice is to try things out and find what works for you. Many people are suggesting to go gradually instead of cold turkey, but for me, weaning doesn't work. I know that if I give myself a little wiggle room, it'll open the flood gates and I'll go overboard. The most success I've ever had kicking sugar was when I was staying on a strict keto diet. I felt great, and giving up sweets was fairly easy, probably because of the higher fat intake. Try some things out, and if you fall off the wagon, try something else, and don't beat yourself up about it!
Curious to know - if you're not on a strict keto diet now, are you on some variation of it? Or if you're totally off keto, what made you stop? I had the same experience in that being on strict keto completely obliterated my cravings, sugary or otherwise. However, I started to have some iffy side effects and went off it after about a week. Ever since then, I'm having the hardest time getting back on, but I know that it's the most effective diet I've tried and would love to start it up again one of these days.
 
#13
Curious to know - if you're not on a strict keto diet now, are you on some variation of it? Or if you're totally off keto, what made you stop? I had the same experience in that being on strict keto completely obliterated my cravings, sugary or otherwise. However, I started to have some iffy side effects and went off it after about a week. Ever since then, I'm having the hardest time getting back on, but I know that it's the most effective diet I've tried and would love to start it up again one of these days.
I am not currently on a strict keto diet right now because I was pregnant and now I'm breastfeeding. Before I got pregnant, I had been on a strict keto diet for 8 months, and I had never felt better. It squashed my sugar cravings, I had lots of energy, and I didn't feel hungry or like I was missing out like I typically do when I'm trying to stick to a strict diet. Fortunately, I never had any adverse side effects on keto - I never got "the keto flu" or anything else that other people talk about.
 
#14
While I agree with many others on here that it's best to avoid processed sugars and move towards more natural sugars, I know how difficult that can be. If you're really wanting something that is more like candy or ice cream, I'd suggest looking into "healthier" alternatives. For example, I've recently started Weight Watchers and while I'm generally good about sweets about once a month I just CRAVE fruit gummies. I've found a company called Smart Sweets that fulfills that need without all of the calories and sugar (and it's plant-based!) Same thing with ice cream. I've started eating Halo Top or Enlightened when fruit just isn't going to cut it.

Good luck!
 
#15
Quitting cold turkey is all that's worked for me in the past. BUT it only works if I have a very, very clear plan for what I'm going to eat in the meantime. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. If I can put together a super clear, exact meal plan for a few weeks then I can kick the habit. Otherwise I'll fall back on old habits immediately.

Like others have said, it's also a matter of what you're cutting. Is it processed sugar? Are fruits included? (I personally can't lose natural sugars like fruit or I'd be way too miserable) What are the substitutions you're ok with? That helps make your plan more concrete.
 
#17
Getting over a sugar addiction is hard, I've done it. But once you get out of the need to have so much sugar, when you do have too much you will feel gross and ready to get back to a low-sugar diet. Simply saying no to sugar filled foods over time, taking a walk or making yourself busy when you get a craving can help. Learn that a little in moderation is okay, eat a little and move on
 
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