“Sugar. We love it. We go out of our way to find it. I think one of the reasons, evolutionarily, is because there is no food source on the planet that has fructose that is poisonous to us.”
Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, and President of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition
Here are a few helpful hints to actually do so, to help to kick the sugar habit. Create self awareness to end mindless eating.
- Give yourself time: “Take one day at a time. Take one hour at a time. Even one minute. You have to kick sugar addiction sometime, so it may as well be now. You will have an even energy, calmness and clarity that you have probably not experienced for years.” –Zoe Harcombe, The Obesity Epidemic
- Make the sugar in your house difficult to get to. Put it up high, out of reach and out of sight.
- Eat healthy fats. An avocado, nuts, (make sure they are unsalted), natural peanut butter, fish, tofu, plain Greek yogurt, and seeds.
- Eat more protein. See my article on protein.
- Meal plan. Snack plan. Do not leave your hunger until it is ravenous. Never, ever be genuinely hungry too often or for prolonged periods of the day. White-knuckling it between meals and snacks puts you in jeopardy!
- Plan. Think about the general layout of a grocery store: The outside is home to fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, dairy products, and whole grain breads. Take different routes to avoid your nemesis. Don’t go down the junk aisle in the store. Walk around the office to avoid the candy bowl. Go the long way round to avoid the dessert buffet. Walk on the other side of the mall from the cookie store. Constantly be looking out for sugar dangers and give them a wide berth.
- Public accountability is a huge motivator. Share your plan with someone who can help. Call a friend, do some jumping jacks, have a glass of water and breath deeply. And just like your mother used to say, "if you're not hungry enough to eat an apple (or some nuts,) then you're not hungry."