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Life Without Sugar-- Is it Possible?

September 5th, 2017
Lisa L.
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Life Without Sugar-- Is it Possible?
"I don't need a personal trainer as much as I need someone to follow me around and slap the unhealthy foods out of my hand."
Sugar is one of those five-letter words that we love and adore.

But what if you had to give it up—for a month, a week, or even a day?

Here are some brave-hearted souls who have recorded their sugar-free journeys:

• Sarah Wilson:
https://iquitsugar.com/faqs/how-can-i-quit-sugar/

• Eve O. Schaub:
http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/my-health-story/year-of-no-sugar-one-family-grand-adventure/

• Natalie Rizzo:
https://greatist.com/eat/giving-up-sugar-what-happened-when-i-tried-for-30-Days

• Davina McCall :
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2892387/Food-exclusive-Davina-s-5-Weeks-Sugar-Free.html

• Ellen Parker:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22458763-omg-i-would-die-without-chocolate---how-i-quit-sugar-and-didn-t-kill-any

Why would anyone voluntarily deny their sweet tooth?

Grab a cup of tea (and perhaps a biscuit) and let’s discuss...
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Basic Sugar Information:

1. Sugar contains a lot of calories with no nutrition.
2. Sugar promotes tooth decay by feeding the bacteria that are in your mouth.
3. Sugar can contribute to cancer.
4. An abundance of sugar can lead to various diseases.
5. Sugar increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese.

The informative film "Fed Up" examines the effects of sugar and shows everyday people in their quest to give up sugar successfully:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fed-Up-DVD-Katie-Couric/dp/9461873700/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1504577356&sr=8-3&keywords=fed+up
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Quitting sugar can be as hard as other addictions-- like smoking. Side effects, such as headaches, can occur.

But some people report immediate benefits – even in as little as ten days. These can include:

1. Skin clearing up
2. Better moods
3. Improved sleep

Some long term results can be:

1. Weight loss
2. Better heart health
3. Less risk of diabetes

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Keep these tips in mind if you decide to reduce your sugar intake or completely cut it out:

1. Eat foods with healthy fat. They will make you feel full and curb the sugar cravings.

2. Make nutritious snacks easy to grab and go.

3. Find sugar-free drinks that you like. Examples include: coconut water, herbal tea and minty or lavender-spiked beverages.

4. Experiment with naturally sweet spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

5. Invite a buddy along for the adventure, or have one handy for support and encouragement.

Try one of these helpful tricks when that piece of cake is calling your name:

Keep your mouth busy with gum or a drink of water.

Run up the stairs or around the room. Moving your body for a few minutes can help beat a craving.

Take a couple of deep breaths and another drink of water. Then reward yourself with a healthy snack.

Go brush your teeth.

Do you crave sugar? Know some tips on how to eat healthy? Please share your comments below...

Lisa x

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