I still eat too much sugar. As I mentioned in my post on my 10 New Years resolutions,  it’s one habit I will still need to beat and I’m sorry to say that I have not succeeded this year. I’m actually reading a book, which is called Why we get fat. The book is based on years of scientific study by Gary Taubes and has already convinced many people (including me) to quit sugar permanently.

Why do I want to quit sugar?

I feel that sugar is:

  • Draining my energy
  • Causing yeast, diabetes and other health issues
  • Affecting my skin
  • Stopping me from getting healthier nutrients
  • Sugar only provides empty, needless calories that cause you to gain weight. Although I personally do not need to lose weight, you may want to find out if you have a healthy weight at how much should I weigh for my height and age.

Problem is, of course, that I like many things that contain sugar or producce sugar like pasta, rice, licorice, biscuits, sweets and chocolate. So in order to quit those I will need some strong motivators, and I wrote these down a while ago. Perhaps they will help you too (or you may come up with an even stronger motivator) so I thought I would share them with you today. I personally have made some progress in some areas, but still need to work on others.

To stop me from eating sugar here are some strong motivators so you and I can beat the habit.

Health motivators

1. Avoid diabetes

Too much sugar keads to diabetes. Once you have that you REALLY have to put up with a stringent diet. Quite a few people in my direct environment have had this happen to them. Best to avoid the disease altoghether.

2. Avoid yeast

Too much sugar causes too much yeast in the body which can lead to all kinds of health problems like:

  • endometriosis
  • depression
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • autoimmune disorders, and
  • weight problems

Definitely something you want to avoid.

3. Get the body, skin and energy you always wanted

We all know that sugar and too many carbohydrates can add the pounds. It can also have adverse effects on your skin and energy levels. Is sugar really so important that you’ll let it take away your good looks and energy?

Visual motivators

4. Watch the sugar cubes

Would you really eat or drink those sugary products if you knew how much sugar was in it? Have a look at this website to see how many actual sugar cubes you are consuming with your favorite foods and drinks. Actually visualizing the amount of sugar may actually stop you from consuming those products.

Practical tips

5. Shop when not hungry

Only shop when you are not hungry. Perhaps straight after lunch. Then only try to buy the healthy foods and don’t buy any sugary snacks or drinks.

6. Replace refined pasta and bread with wholegrain options

Wholegrain bread is delicious so that’s an easy one for me to switch to. Wholegrain pasta is more of an acquired taste but it comes in lots of varieties these days and it’s a lot healthier than regular pasta.

7. Drink lots of water or herbal tea

Water helps to make you feel full. In a recent study it was also found that drinking water before diner can actually help you lose weight. I personally like to drink a lot of herbal  and green tea.

8. Break a bad habit (one at a time)

Try to figure out what your worst habit is when it comes to sugar. Do you add sugar to your tea or coffee? Do you drink sodas when going out? Start with one bad sugar habit and try to change it. I was very succesful with eliminating sugar from my tea. It only took me 2 days to get used to it. Now I wouldn’t dream of having tea with sugar; much too sweet! Start with the habit that is easiest to change and then continue with the next one.

9. Exercize more

Exercize takes your mind away from sugar cravings. It also helps with your metabolism and will generally make you feel better. Instead of drinking a sugary or chemical sports drink, try coconut water instead to replenish your first and get more energy.

10. Sleep well

Getting enough sleep is hugely important. Enough sleep will give you lots of energy throughout the day so you will not feel the need for the artificial (and temporary) energy provider of sugar.

Well, that’s it for now. Let me know how you go with battling your sugar addiction and please share your tips!

Update: I have since read the book and I written a short summary and conclusion in this article.  I now believe that cutting carbohydrates is the key to losing weight with sugars being the main culprit of weight gain.

Sarah Wilson offers an excellent 8 week programme that helps you quit sugar and teach you how to create delicous meals without it.