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4 Steps to Breaking Your Sugar Addiction This Year

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In January, many of us start thinking about making better health and diet choices, especially after indulging in all those holiday treats! One common resolution is cutting back on sugar, which is a great idea for the health of your teeth.

Many people find it hard to curb sweet cravings, so here are four easy steps to keeping your resolution:

  • Clear out the cabinets: Commit to cutting back on sugar by clearing it out of your house. Toss out uneaten holiday cookies, pies, and cupcakes. Don’t forget to throw away over-processed and sugary foods and drinks in your kitchen, like chips, frozen pizzas and sodas.
  • Learn to read labels: Now that you’ve gotten the sugar out of your house, it’s time to replace them with healthier options. In order to choose the right foods, you need to spot sneaky sugars on food labels. Also remember, ingredients are listed in order of what there’s most of. If sugar is high on the list, look for another option.
  • Eat the right snacks: When sugar cravings sneak up on you, have the right snacks on hand. Choose fruits that are naturally sweet like berries, figs, or grapes. If ice cream is your weakness, try putting bananas in the freezer. Once frozen, put them in a food processor to make healthy banana “ice cream.”
  • Drink water: Sometimes when you have a sugar craving, you’re actually just dehydrated. Simply drinking as glass of water could be all you need to conquer the craving.