Happy New Year Everyone!
I haven’t posted in a hot minute and that’s because I wanted to relax and unplug for the holiday season. I hope you all had some time off to enjoy with your friends and family. And now we get to start a new year with new goals! Isn’t life great?!?
Most of us probably over indulged on sweets during the holiday season, right? Who doesn’t?!? Isn’t that what Christmas celebrations are all about?? 🙂
I won’t get into the nitty gritty about the health risks of sugar laden foods and the fact that 1 in 1o people get more than a quarter of their calories from added sugar which puts them at risk of diabetes and cancer, to name a few. Or that you can find added sugar in beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks; and from cookies, cakes, pastries, and similar treats; even fruit drinks; ice cream, frozen yogurt and the like; candy; and ready-to-eat cereals. Do you have any of these on the daily?
I know that I’m addicted to sweets and have sweet cravings after each meal. And no, having a fruit doesn’t cut it.
One of my goals for 2018 is to break up with sweets addiction! I haven’t yet wrote about my health issue that I am currently dealing with which has affected my everyday life. This includes my diet, my training, my physique and my overall well being. It’s something that I will definitely be sharing with you all in my upcoming posts.
5 Ways to Kick the Sweets Addiction
1. Eat Whole Foods and Toss the Processed Foods
Remove all processed foods in the house! Make a grocery list and purchase only whole foods. If you don’t have it, you won’t eat it. By preparing your own meals, you’ll know exactly what’s in it.
2. Have Healthier Snacks
It’s definitely not easy to go cold turkey with sweets. Instead opt for things that are made with natural sweeteners. I’ve started making my own cookies and using dates or maple syrup as my sweetener. Also, I try to have (at most) 2 servings of fruits a day. Although fruits are naturally sweetened, it’s still fructose and having too much increases your sugar intake. Alternatively, stock up on your favorite non sugary snack. My favorite is popcorn so I ensure that I’m always stocked with popcorn.
3. Eat Well Balanced Filling Meals
Eating well rounded meals that includes all macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and fats will help keep your satiated throughout the day. This will eliminate the need for a snack and sweet cravings.
4. Lower Stress Levels
Most of us stress eat and when this happens we usually grab junk food! By lowering your stress levels it in turn helps with the cravings. Keep up with your exercise program, go for a walk, meditate or get some vitamin D from the sun.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Being hydrated helps with cravings. It also keeps your metabolism going as well as helping your body with detoxification. Instead of counting the number of glasses of water you’ve had, have a glass of water or a water bottle with you at all times.
Here’s to a healthier you and let’s kick the sweets addiction together!