Tips and tricks that will make cutting down on added sugar a little bit easier, from people who’ve been there.
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Sugar is definitely DELICIOUS. So trying to limit your intake of added sugar can be really rough when you’re first starting out.
(BTW, added sugar just means sugar that’s added to food during manufacturing or processing. So, like, not the naturally occurring sugar in fruit and dairy. Check out this link to find out more about what added sugar is and how to know if you are eating too much.)
First things first: Don’t try to quit added sugar cold turkey.
“I started out slowly when I cut out sugar so that I didn’t lose it. I read a lot of labels, and reminded myself often of the adverse effects sugar has on my body. I made slow but effective changes, and that really made the difference.”
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And enjoy things in moderation — fully restricting yourself from the things you love could make things harder.
“It’s also important to remember that not every bite of sugar is bad for you. If you want that cookie and you haven’t had a cookie in a while, go and eat that cookie. Don’t sacrifice your happiness for a sugarless diet.”
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Make healthier lifestyle choices in other areas of your life — it will make eating less sugar much more manageable.
“The biggest changes that I really made were making sure to get enough sleep at night so I wouldn’t have to supplement with coffee or have cravings for bad food, making sure to drink a ton of water, avoiding buying the sugary/ultra-processed foods at the grocery store, and cooking the vast majority of my meals at home so I could focus on vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Making other healthy lifestyle choices naturally helped me cut down on added sugar in my diet.”
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Do your research: Learn how sugar affects your body, and learn to read nutrition labels.
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