Eat less sugar. We hear this all the time. Sometimes we are the ones dishing the advice. Yet we find ourselves going back on our own advice and piling on those teaspoons of the white stuff. Many people find sugar too hard to resist. Sometimes we eat sugar and we’re not even aware of that.
I’m about to share with you what you can do to eat less sugar, and you’ll be glad you read this.
- Tip #1: Reduce the amount of sugar you put into your tea or coffee
Now this is going to be difficult at first. I remember when I first tried to eat less sugar. My tea tasted like nothing. I didn’t like that. But I suffered through it until I got used to it.
- Tip #2: Use healthier sugar alternatives
And no, I’m not talking about agave and all those things of questionable nutrition. I’m talking about using fruit in place of sugar. For example, instead of adding sugar when you make bread, add a banana. I do exactly that because I love bread and now I can enjoy it guilt-free.
- Tip #3: Ditch sugar altogether in some foods
Yes. In some foods you don’t even need to use healthier alternatives. Eat your food without sugar. Like I said, it will be hard at first but you’ll get used to it and start enjoying having your food without sugar.
In my culture we have soft porridge every morning. It’s a grain called sorghum that’s been fermented and now added to boiling water. It’s almost like grits. It’s a very healthy dish that consists mostly of water and gets the metabolism up and running first thing in the morning.
Now, most of us here are used to adding sugar to the porridge. A few people don’t. I want to stop adding sugar but it’s hard. So I’m taking things slow and I’ve significantly reduced the amount of sugar I add to it. Soon I’ll stop adding sugar altogether.
Do the same thing with your food and that will help you eat less sugar. Your food will actually taste better and authentic without the sugar.
- Tip #4: Avoid most breakfast cereals
Because they contain a lot of hidden sugar. Have something non-sugary instead. It’s easy to do that. If you really want to eat less sugar you’ll find something nutritious to have for breakfast instead of all those sugar-laden cereals.
- Tip #5: Ditch sugary drinks
All of them. The soda, and all those juices you think are healthy for you but are just full of sugar. Drink water instead. I used to have soda every day. Ironically, I thought having it with my meals showed I was living the high life. Meanwhile I was doing my body injustice.
Now I’ve completely cut off all the sugary drinks and I’ve fallen in love with water. Please do the same thing. It’s as easy to fall in love with drinking water as it was to fall in love with drinking that soda.
- Tip #6: Make your kitchen sugar free
Honestly, if you are trying to eat less sugar but you have a cookie jar on your counter, how successful do you think you are going to be? Empty those drawers of all the chocolate bars. You can’t be tempted by what you don’t see.
- Tip #7: Be smart about your choices when you go out
Observe I didn’t say, ‘don’t go out.’ You can eat less sugar and still go out on your own or with your friends. Just be smart about your food and drink choice wherever you go.
- Tip #8: Teach your mind that sugar is bad
I have no idea why people still can’t understand the power of the subconscious mind. It will believe and register everything you feed it as long as it’s done consistently enough.
Tell your mind that sugar is bad. Associate it with pain. If you meditate on this your subconscious will pick on it and you’ll feel your desire for sugar melting away. The subconscious is a powerful tool to use if you want to eat less sugar.
- Tip #9: Don’t include sugary foods into your grocery budget.
Yes, do this intentionally and watch it work some magic in helping you eat less sugar. By creating no space for sugary foods in your budget, you are less likely to buy those foods because buying them will mean going over your budget.
- Tip #10: Don’t buy into the concept of a cheat day
That’s a ridiculous concept which people use to justify eating all that sugar. Remember to teach your subconscious mind that sugar is bad and you won’t even consider this cheat day concept.
- Tip #11: Eat enough food
Many people are driven into eating more sugar because their bodies are starving. Their bodies are literally screaming at them and asking for food and they choose to ignore that because well, they must remain on this diet because summer is officially beginning next week.
Please don’t do that. Eat enough food so your body doesn’t crave sugar and rebel against you. Eat a balanced diet and don’t skip out on your starchy carbs because doing that can drive you to eat more sugar.
- Tip #12: Get enough sleep
Yes, really. Sleep matters too. If your body is starved of sleep, it can go into a panic mode and make you crave unhealthy things like sugar. Learn to listen to your body and give it the rest it needs if you want to eat less sugar.
The final word
It’s easy to eat less sugar. If you follow the tips above, you can’t fail. It might be hard at first but you’ll soon get the hang of it and you’ll be well on your way of getting rid of sugar completely.
Thank you for reading this post. Please share with us how you eat less sugar. Your thoughts are very valuable to us.
You might want to read the following for more tips to eat less sugar:
14 simple ways to stop eating lots of sugar by healthline.com
30 easy ways to stop eating so much sugar by eatthis.com
How to cut down on sugar by verywellfit.com