5 Easy Substitutions to Beat Your Sugar Addiction - dummies

5 Easy Substitutions to Beat Your Sugar Addiction

By Dan DeFigio

Beating a sugar addiction is difficult and requires a slow approach. With so many challenges in front of you, the task can be daunting. Begin with a few easy substitutions:

  • Drink mineral water instead of soda. Mineral water flavored with citrus will give you the fizz and the flavor that you love without the sugar and chemicals that come with soda. Staying hydrated can help stave off sugar cravings, too!

  • Use stevia instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Stevia is a plant whose powder is used as a natural, no-calorie sweetener. Stevia has a negligible effect on your blood sugar, and it doesn’t have the possible health hazards associated with chemical sweeteners.

  • Snack on raw veggies instead of junk food. Keeping fresh raw veggies ready to snack on will make it easy for you to make the smart choice when you need to nibble. Crunching on low-calorie, high-nutrient vegetables will satisfy your hunger and add valuable nutrition to your daily diet.

  • Choose organic whole grains like oats, rice, and spelt instead of white flour. Whole grains are chock-full of B vitamins and minerals. The fiber from whole grains helps you feel full and helps keep your blood sugar and insulin levels from spiking too fast. White flour digests quickly and causes a more rapid rise in blood sugar, followed by a sugar crash that leads to hunger and cravings.

  • Buy pasture-raised eggs and meat instead of feedlot products. Animals raised in commercial feedlots are kept in overcrowded conditions and are fed industrial feed containing chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics. Meat, dairy, and eggs from these animals contain these contaminants. Pasture-raised animals are treated more humanely and have access to a healthy, natural diet, yielding healthier food.