Two Ways to Quit Sugar, For Good
Hey, so the other day I talked about the single most important thing you could do to get healthy, lose weight, and honestly to prevent a life of chronic disease. It was to eliminate (or seriously reduce) your sugar intake.
And that’s all fine and good to say. But, doing it is another matter because sugar is in everything. Because we’re literally addicted to sugar. And because sugar tastes damn good. I like sugar. Everyone likes it and the more we eat, the more we like it.
Well I do have some good news for you and that’s the fact that it’s also true that the less you eat, the less you crave it, eventually.
In my experience there are two ways to release the hold that sugar has on you.
1 – Cold turkey
2 – Baby steps
If you know anything about me, then you know that I’m a baby steps kinda gal. but that may not be the best approach for you so let’s take a look at them both.
Quitting Sugar Cold Turkey
To make this happen you absolutely must get rid of all the sugar in your home. All of it. Everything that has sugar should be kicked out. Why? Because during the first two weeks you will be tempted and if it’s in your home, you may cave in. Just get rid of the temptation.
Pros of Cold Turkey
- You start seeing benefits of no sugar sooner
- You’re able to modify your lifestyle faster and in one big step.
- It’s a badass way to do it and super impressive!
- Sudden change to your lifestyle, no gradual ease into this new life
Let’s talk a minute about those withdrawal symptoms, because they’re important to be aware of:
- Cravings (you might even dream about sugar)
- Flu-like symptoms including aches and pains
- Mood swings
None of these are fun, but there is some good news. With the cold turkey approach these symptoms will be over in less than two weeks. And if you’re already pretty good about not eating sugar, the side effects may not be very significant.
Okay, so that’s a quick look at the first potential approach to quitting sugar. Let’s talk about the other option.
A gradual reduction in sugar is the other option. This means cutting back, each week, until you get to the point where you’re not eating sugar. This means not buying any more sugary products when you hit the supermarket and certainly not getting any when you’re eating out. However, you can gradually get rid of the products that you do already have in your home.
Pros of Baby Steps
The benefits of this approach include:
- Fewer withdrawal symptoms.
- A gradual transition into your lifestyle
- And no wasted food if you have products in your home that you would have to toss or donate if you were going cold turkey.
The Cons of Baby Steps
- It’s difficult to maintain motivation
- You have to track your sugar and pay attention to what you’re consuming
- You have to have a plan, baby steps shouldn’t take 12 months. They should take one month maximum.
- You won’t feel the benefits of no sugar right away.
How Do You Choose?
Honestly, there’s no right or wrong way and any reduction in sugar is a good thing. That being said, choose the approach that feels most right for you and your goals and personality. If you normally have success with the cold turkey approach, then go for it. If you prefer a moderate approach, then that’s the one for you. Trust yourself. Trust your gut and commit to a plan.
And if you need help, please comment or send me an email. I’m delighted to help you improve your health and well being.