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Choosing Substitute Behaviors to Keep You Away from Sugar

Part of the Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A good way to beat sweets is to engage in an enjoyable substitute activity whenever you have a sugar craving. Try to find activities that you enjoy and that you find meaningful. Doing something good for someone else is a great way to get your mind off sugar. Here are some suggestions:

  • Do a Sudoku puzzle or play chess or Scrabble on the computer — keep your brain occupied!

  • Do some crunches or jumping jacks.

  • Find a new charity you like and send a donation.

  • If you have a partner, write a love note.

  • Look up a long-lost friend on Facebook and say hi.

  • Look up a subject that interests you and learn something new about it.

  • Make a list of movies you want to see or books you want to read.

  • Make a list of things to talk about with your partner, therapist, or best friend.

  • Phone a friend or family member to catch up.

  • Pick something in the house that needs fixed or cleaned and attend to it.

  • Play with your pet. If you don't have a pet, go to a shelter and give some love to one of the animals there.

  • Ride your bike.

  • Take a digital camera or your cellphone and go look for interesting or artistic pictures to take.

  • Take a walk.

  • Update your bucket list.

  • Visit someone in the hospital or in hospice.

  • Write an apology letter to someone you've wronged.

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