Have you ever decided to quit sugar, hoping your attempt will stick but knowing you will be secretly enjoying a piece of chocolate later this evening? Sugar detoxing is hard and we know it – but it really doesn’t have to be if you know how.
To achieve good health quitting sugar is almost as important as quitting smoking. There are so many reasons why we should.
There is no quick fix
You may see advertisements that tell you, you can quit sugar in just two simple steps, or that a 48 hour detox will leave you free of addiction – but we know it actually takes time, patience and endurance.
You need to build longer-lasting habits that will help you not just at the start but everyday for the rest of your life. Here are some tips to help you beat the sugar cravings once and for all and put you on a path to a healthier, happier you.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller
Quitting is hard, so why do it alone. Weight-loss studies have found that adults who undertake group sessions and meetings lose significantly more weight than those who were on their own. Detoxing with a partner or friend can keep you motivated and it’s more fun. Plus, misery loves company.
Change your habits to change your life
If you, like so many others, enjoy a sweet treat after dinner or whilst watching your favourite TV show then you know it can be hard to change this habit. Try substituting your chocolate bar for a handful of nuts or a small piece of fruit. Your body will thank you later. Yes fruit has natural sugars but you shouldn’t feel guilty – it’s a step in the right direction and better than chocolate!
To help you get started remove the sugar products from your house and workspace.
Stock up on healthy alternatives
Think of your favourite snacks and stock up on these to reduce the likelihood of you reaching for something sugary. Snacks could include a piece of cheese or natural yoghurt – the lactose can substantially reduce your sugar cravings – carrots or celery with some Hopewood dip – or sugar free natural treats like a Hopewood Bliss Ball.
You’ll look younger every day
Excess processed sugar can cause dark circles, wrinkles and even dehydrate your skin. A study from Leiden University Medical Centre found that those in the study with high blood sugar looked older than those with low blood sugar. De Aamer Khan, a cosmetic dermatologist and medical director from Harley Street Skin Clinic believes “you can protect and moisturise your skin from the outside with creams, but you need to feed and stimulate the growth of good strong skin cells from the inside too and sugar will sabotage that.”
Find a reward you really want – that special book or outfit you’d love to own – and treat yourself when you’ve been sugar free for two weeks. You’re well on your way now and the thought of eating sweetened food is already less appealing!
Another tip, keep a photo diary and see for yourself how much younger and more refreshed you look and feel in the next few months!