The Secret to Ditching Your Sugar Habit for Good

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How to Stop Eating Sugar For Good

Sugar. High fructose corn syrup. Evaporated cane juice. Fructose. Fruit Juice. Corn syrup solids. Regardless of what name it’s listed under, that sh*t is in EVERYTHING. And it’s sabotaging your diet. Big time. Manufacturers add the sweet substance to just about every packaged food to tingle our tastebuds and keep us coming back for more. It literally becomes an addiction. But if you want to live a healthier, fitter life with more energy and less health ailments, then here’s the secret for how to stop eating sugar for good.

We could go on and on about how bad sugar is, how much it jacks up your system, and how addicted we are to it as a nation. But… We’re assuming you already know most of that. Especially if you’re currently looking to cut that nasty habit out.

So, what’s the secret for how to stop eating sugar for good? It’s NOT cutting it out of your diet for good.

Yeah, we know how counterintuitive that sounds, but hear us out. If you’re at the beginning of your sugar free journey, then most likely, going cold turkey is just going to spark serious cravings that will eventually push you over the edge. Landing you face down in a chocolate cake.

Here are the ways to slowly lessen the amount of sugar you consume, and then eventually get to a point where you only choose when you indulge. Ditching your sugar habit never seemed so easy.

Make Simple Swaps

If you REALLY want to live a life with less sugar, then you need to start slow. Take a good hard look at your diet, and figure out all of the places that sugar is hiding.

Here’s a quick list of some of the most common sneaky places that sugar hides:

  1. Beverages (juices, sodas, teas, etc)
  2. Sauces/syrups
  3. Packaged snack foods (cookies, crackers, etc.)
  4. Yogurts
  5. Prepackaged meals

Then, do a little research and figure out where you can make easy swaps to eliminate a large amount of this added sugar. Instead of downing sugary beverages, drink water and unsweetened tea. Cut back on the condiments. Trade your flavored yogurt for plain unsweetened. Swap prepackaged meals for fresh ones.

These little changes will take a bit to get used to, but once you do, you’ll be ingested about half the sugar you were previously and well on your way to ditching you sugar habit.

Identify Your Weak Spots

Once you get used to your swaps, take the next step and identify which meals are doing you in for sugar bombs. Are you starting the day with a stack of pancakes doused in syrup? Or binging out in the staff room where there’s stacks of cookies and cupcakes? What about late night bowls of cereal and ice cream?

Find your weak spot, and then be conscious about setting yourself up for success. STOP buying the sweet treats you find yourself binging out on at night and replace them with fruit. In order to figure out how to stop eating sugar, you need to figure out where sugar lurks in your diet. Begin your day with complex carbs and protein. Stock your workspace with healthy, yummy snacks that will help you say no to the break room.

Once you know your weaknesses, you can start to address them. Avoiding the places where you fall off is a huge part of ditching your sugar habit AND making sure it doesn’t return. Remember that YOU decide what goes in your body and when.

Be Aware and Choose Wisely

The next step is to be on the lookout for sugar around you. Before you buy something at the store, glance at the label. Does it have 5-10 grams of sugar per serving? Ditch it. When you’re ordering at a coffee shop, avoid adding the syrups and flavors. Share dessert when you go out to dinner. It’s the little changes that make the biggest differences.

Notice that we never said, “don’t eat any sugar ever”. All you need to do is be more AWARE of where sugar is hiding. Then be SMART about where you allow it in your diet. Deprivation is a surefire way to binging out. If you let yourself have the occasional splurge, you’re far more likely to stay disciplined. So if you know you’re going out with the girls on Friday, then stay disciplined throughout most of the week. If you want to brunch on Sunday, eat clean on Saturday. Don’t deprive yourself, but don’t overdo it. Use common sense and you’ll be just fine.

 

So there you have it, we’ve told you how to stop eating sugar, and now you know that ditching your sugar habit isn’t nearly as hard as you think it is. And it’s WAY more delicious. Once you allow less sugar into your diet, you’ll be shocked by how much more sensitive you are to it. And how much less satisfies your cravings.

Your body AND your tastebuds will thank you!

48 Comments

  • Kya

    October 26, 2017 at 3:24 am

    When I first found out about how much sugar was in food I was completely shocked. I watched the movie That Sugar Film, which really opened my eyes to how absurd it was. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 😀

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 26, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Isn’t it CRAZY though?! We used to eat things like flavored yogurt and granola, and think they were healthy. It’s incredibly enlightening to watch documentaries like those! It changed our life to learn where sugar hides!

  • Eena

    October 26, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I’m reading this at work as I sip on some iced tea, ha! Sugar is my biggest weakness. I used to be good about not having too much sugar intake but life happens. Thanks for this list!!

    cabin twenty-four

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 26, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Haha trust me, I’m the queen of exceptions! Baked goods are my weakness. But being aware makes a big difference in making solid choices!

  • Miriam

    October 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Great ways to reduce your sugar intake. I have cut down on sugar years ago and find most things in shops way too sweet nowadays I also half the sugar in most sweet recipes. It is funny how your body adjusts. Have a great weekend!

    Miriam x
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 26, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      We agree! Now that we don’t add sugar to our coffee or tea, it’s like a treat to add anything. You become so much more sensitive when you cut it out. And your body definitely doesn’t miss it!

  • Merel

    October 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

    So interesting to read! Thanks for all the info!

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 26, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks Merel!

  • Nicole @ Bento Momentos

    October 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Love with well-organized and informative post! Although this may be obvious to many, it’s important not to overdo it with fruits. I didn’t realize how much sugar I was eating from fruits until I was logging it into MyFitnessPal. But yes, definitely watch out for sugars in sauces. Thanks for the post!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 26, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      Yes! We just try to get more veggies than fruit, but fruit is definitely the way to go over anything processed! Sauces are SO sneaky!

  • Zhanna

    October 27, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Great post! Very informative! I don’t really consume sugar. My sweetest treats are dates. I love, love, love them. 🙂 Good point on letting yourself indulge in your favorite deserts from time to time, which I do, too. A slice of vegan cake tastes so good on some special occasions. 🙂

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 28, 2017 at 12:31 am

      Dates are SO yummy! And they’re a great sweetener when you add them to things! And we agree, it makes it so much better and more special when it’s on occasion!

  • Andrea

    October 27, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I became enlightened to all the places sugar is when I did a sugar fast last year. I pretty much couldn’t eat anything packaged. It didn’t eliminate my desire for sweet things (I really missed sugar in my morning tea), but I think I’ve cut down overall because of an increased awareness.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 28, 2017 at 12:33 am

      It’s crazy how many places sugar is hiding! But knowing where it is helps to cut down on it naturally.

  • Katya

    October 27, 2017 at 9:36 am

    It’s tough reducing sugar consumption, it really is. You are right, After finding the root cause you can find a solution. Let’s live a happy and sweets reduced healthy life.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 28, 2017 at 12:33 am

      It’s really hard in the beginning. But the more you do it, the easier it gets! And your body is so much happier because of it!

  • Missy May

    October 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Oh mennnn…..what a topic to touch on. Definitely a weakness of mine that I’ve been trying to stop, but fail miserably. I just do swaps here and there, now and then. – And probably that’s as far as I can go. Ha!! Will try harder though. Thanks for this tips.

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 28, 2017 at 12:35 am

      It’s so hard to really cut it out! Sugar is such a naturally craved taste. But don’t think of it as failing! Just say you let yourself have a treat, and you’ll be back to lessening your intake right after :).

  • Pauline

    October 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I completely agree with this post! When I tell people I don’t have chocolate much as I used to anymore, they’re always super shocked 😱 But I got there because I wanted to ditch the excess sugar habits, it really was a mindful decision! Loved this topic, I hope it encourages others!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      I love putting it like that! A ‘mindful decision’. That’s perfect. It’s not made for any other reason than wanting to better your life and health, while still enjoying some simple splurges!

  • the adventurer

    October 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

    These are amazing tips! I recently realized just how much sugar is in food that I eat and I couldn’t believe how much sugar I intake on a daily basis. I’ve started to look at alternative options, such as with my morning yogurt I buy the unsweetened option. Also I make sure to not get ones that say no sugar but have the fake sugar added for sweetness. Thanks for sharing =o) I always learn so much reading your health posts!

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 29, 2017 at 1:50 am

      Isn’t it crazy?! I was SO sad when I realized how much sugar was in some of my favorite foods. But the more you do them, the easier it gets to make the swaps. And we SO agree that if you’re going to have it, have the REAL sugar, not fake stuff!

  • Natalie

    October 29, 2017 at 4:04 am

    This actually makes sense. It’s so hard to do portion control though! It’s crazy that so many foods now have so much sugar.

    Natalie Gennaoui

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Ahhh portion control is one of our weak spots for sure haha. It’s juste easier to keep it out of the house in general, and then REALLY splurge every once in a while! It is crazy though, those food companies are SNEAKY!

  • Nancy

    October 29, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Food with lots of sugar is a big issue! I do enjoy having a bit of sugar but not when it makes the meal super unhealthy. I’ve been cutting back on food with lots of sugar as it is but there are times when I seriously crave for some candy to boost my sugar level. Swapping food is definitely doable! Prepackaged meals is also an issue with all of the sodium. Thanks for sharing some tips on cutting out a lot of sugar :).

    https://exquisitely.me

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      It is! And the bigger issue is that we’ve been tricked into thinking so many of these foods are healthy. I also LOVE a little sugar in my diet (especially when I’m running a lot!), but I just try to be aware of how much is in each food I buy (except fruit, give me ALL the fruit sugars haha). Healthy swaps are the best way to go! Then you don’t feel like you’re missing out!

  • Liakada

    October 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Oh no I literally just ate some chocolate haha! I totally agree though, it is super addictive, need to make a conscious effort to cut down 🙂

    Ash | http://www.liakadatravel.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Haha don’t feel bad, I just had a PD day for school and literally spent $2 on the TINIEST chocolate bar ever because I just wanted it so bad! Dark chocolate is actually loaded with good stuff for your body, so that’s a great swap to make (but… sometimes you just need the milk chocolate with toffee bits in it!). Being aware is the first step!

  • Emily

    October 29, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    It definitely makes sense to slowly reduce the sugar in your diet. I could do with taking some of your tips as I’m such a sweet tooth fiend!

    Musings & More

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Haha you GOT us with those brownies Emily! But, total deprivation is not the way to go. I like my cupcakes thank you very much! A little bit here in there eventually turns into big changes 🙂

  • Courtney Hardy

    October 29, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I definetly need to do the same thing for sure! I’m such a sucker for sweets.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 30, 2017 at 12:32 am

      So are we! We literally can’t have them in the house or we eat them ALL. Moderation is key though! Feeling deprived is a sure fire way to go overboard.

  • Katherine

    October 29, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Great tips!! I totally need this lifestyle change right now! We are on the struggle bus with sugar. Excellent reminders.

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 30, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Thanks Katherine! We are ALWAYS on the struggle bus with sugar. But making those little swaps add up to big changes. You can do it!

  • Michelle Orsi

    October 30, 2017 at 1:05 am

    This was a great post! My doctor told me I needed to cut back on my sugar and going cold turkey was hard!! It’s much easier to swap out a few things at first & ween yourself 🙂

    michellespaige.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 30, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      It’s so true! It’s crazy how much sugar we consume, but that’s why it makes it so hard to go cold turkey. Little changes are way easier to maintain!

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    October 30, 2017 at 3:45 am

    A big part of it is planning ahead for me, so the part I need to pay the most attention to is when I’m grocery shopping! Thanks for your tips ^-^ -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 30, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      We agree. If we don’t shop for sugar, we usually don’t eat it! But if it’s in the house… Yikes! We struggle with that haha.

  • Irene

    October 30, 2017 at 4:44 am

    this is the post i need! so helpful, thank you!!

    http://www.hintofgrey.com | Hint of Grey | Petite ootds

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 30, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      We’re so glad!

  • Merel

    October 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Such an interesting blogpost! THanks for sharing. <3

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 30, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks Merel!

  • Gabrielle

    October 30, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Great advice, cold turkey is never the way to go! I absolutely, 100% eat waaaaaay too much sugar! I keep meaning to work on that one but never seem to get around to it haha, thanks for the gentle push in the right direction 🙂

    aglassofice.com
    x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 30, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Haha it’s not easy to do! We’re literally hardwired to want sugar. And it’s EVERYWHERE! But little changes eventually make a big difference! Get it girl!

  • Emily

    October 30, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I definitely won’t ever give up sugar. I think it’s fine to indulge once a day in some chocolate, as long as you’re eating it in small amounts. I know for a lot of people though, it’s a huge struggle. If I ever feel myself getting out of control, I just pull in the reins. But eating sweets is definitely something I enjoy! 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      October 30, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      Us too! We try to do the same thing, but as a teacher, a little chocolate during the day is sometimes a must! Everything in moderation, but never deprivation!

  • Kim

    November 1, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    What a straightforward and informative post on how you can be healthier! This really gives me motivation. Thanks!

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that! You’ve got this!

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