Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies
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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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Dan DeFigio is one of the most respected names in the fitness and nutrition industry. His articles have appeared in numerous professional journals, and his workshops have been presented in many cities across the United States. He has appeared on the Dr. Phil show and was featured in SELF Magazine, MD News, Personal Fitness Professional, and a host of other publications.

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