When you stop eating your three pounds of sugar each week, you lose weight. Other foods smell and taste better. You feel more energy.
Sugar alters your digestion fluids so the good food cannot digest properly. You can get heartburn, gas or stomach pain
. Without sugar, your stomach quickly recovers. Your body also needs less food because you digest it better.
Without sugar, you get longer lasting energy. You no longer have brief peaks of energy that require a constant flow of sugar to maintain.
What Natural Sugar Alternatives Are There?
Known as a sugar alcohol, Xylitol is a natural carbohydrate found in certain fibrous plant material. It is also created naturally in the body during normal metabolism.
This natural sweetener has between 1.9 and 2.4 calories per gram – which is 40% less calaries than sugar. Its taste has the same amount of sweetness as sugar.
Isomalt is a sugar substitute, a type of sugar alcohol, used primarily for its sugar-like physical properties. It has only a small impact on blood sugar levels and does not promote tooth decay, i.e. is toothfriendly. Its about half as sweet as sugar with only 2 calories per gram.
Erythritol is another sugar alcohol and is found in pears and berries. It is made commercially by fermenting corn or sugar beets, whereby the product is filtered, crystallised and dried.
There are almost no calories and it is often labelled as having 0.2 calories per gram. It looks like sugar but is 70 per cent as sweet.
Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, which comes from South America and in particular Paraguay.
Stevia has no calories or carbohydrates with a taste that is around 250 times more sweet than sugar - one teaspoon is equal in sweetness to one cup of sugar. Stevia does have that bitter after-taste.
Ten Tips For Breaking Sugar Addiction
Like children, after you stop eating sugar, you might feel irritable and tired for 3-6 days. You may have headaches
and feel foggy. You will most certainly crave foods that contain sugar.
However, the sugar cravings and symptoms pass. Kicking a sugar addiction is tough, but not as tough as breaking an addiction to cigarettes, drugs or alcohol. You just control your hand so it does not put sugar in your mouth.
These suggestions may help.
1. Recognize that sugar is addicting and therefore controlling you to a degree. For example, if you cannot work or relax without eating sugar, you are addicted. Do you like being addicted to a substance? Make the decision to break the habit.
You have the power to control your craving for sugar. No temptation is stronger than your personal willpower and self-determinism.
2. Find and eat sugar-free substitutes to satisfy the urge to eat food with sugar. For example, fresh fruits and vegetables can stop the sugar cravings and fresh fruit juice is a great natural sweetener.
3. Prepare your own food instead of eating prepared foods that contain sugar. These foods usually contain sugar: canned soup, store bread, fast-food restaurant food, salad dressing, sauces, gravy, cough drops, sushi rice, protein bars, flavored yogurt and breakfast cereals.
4. Read the ingredients label on the foods you buy. Sugar comes in many forms and is called many names including corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, fructose, lactose and glucose.
5. Try healthy foods you have never tried to add variety and interest to your diet. For example, a new type of fish, exotic vegetables or tasty cheeses.
6. Exercise. Heat up your muscles, stretch out your skin and fill your lungs with fresh air every day. Strengthen your ability to control your body.
7. Use a gradual approach. If you make too many changes to your diet at once, the shock may force you to give up on your decision. You may get better long-term results if you make one change, get used to the change, make another change, get used to it and so on.
8. Get creative with your food. For example, buy a yogurt maker, ice cream maker or a juicer to prepare your own sugar-free snacks and drinks. Explore a health-food store. Try a natural foods restaurant. 9. Try different combinations of vitamins until they help stop sugar cravings and make you feel healthier. For example, 500 milligrams of vitamin C might calm you down or might pep you up. Try these natural supplements to help with sugar cravings.
Taking control of your food is satisfying by itself. You are no longer controlled by the need for sugar. You burn off the fat and move closer to your ideal weight.
Even if you just cut your weekly sugar intake from 2-3 pounds to 1-2 ounces, you will enjoy long-lasting energy, fewer mood swings and better health.
Your success will be easier to achieve with a sugar-free life.