6 Important Steps to Cutting Sugar

Alarming Signs of Eating Too Much Sugar
Alarming Signs of Eating Too Much Sugar

If you’re exhibiting any of these signs, it’s important to take steps to cut your sugar intake (aiming for 5% or less of your total calories) so that you can enjoy the good health you were meant to enjoy.

Don’t drink your sugars. If you drink soda, sports drinks, fruit juices, sweetened coffees and so on, you’re getting lots of empty calories and sugar, making this step one of the most important. Instead of sweet drinks, opt for water. You can add a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange for flavor.

Avoid fat-free or reduced-fat advertised foods. These products are almost always filled with sugar, as that’s often what’s used to replace the fat.

Read ingredient lists. When you pick up that packaged food, read the ingredient list for added sugars – many are hidden in names like high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, maltose, barley malt, etc.

Choose whole foods over processed. Most processed foods contain added sugar. The more you choose whole foods over processed, the less sugar you’ll naturally consume.

Lead a healthier, less-stressed lifestyle. By reducing your stress levels (through exercise, meditation or deep-breathing, for example) and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, cravings for sweets are naturally reduced.

Swap sugar for healthier alternatives. Finding natural alternatives to refined sugar will still let you enjoy the sweeter things in life. Satisfy your sweet tooth by swapping sugar for things like banana’s, date’s and nuts in recipes.

Note: Low levels of Calcium and Magnesium—which often go hand in hand—prime you for sugar and salt cravings. Low magnesium levels, specifically, are known to trigger chocolate cravings. Both stress and eating too much sugar can deplete your calcium and magnesium stores further, worsening cravings and making you a prime stress-eating candidate.

Eat up: Get your calcium fix from dairy products like yogurt, kefir, and cheese; and dark leafy greens. Hit your magnesium quota by downing nuts, seeds, potato skins, dairy, and broccoli.

you may also take supplements. we recommend Amway NUTRILITE® Daily - 60 Tablets
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