HOW DO I MAKE THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF QUITTING SUGAR EASIER?
Break-ups are hard, even when we know they are right. When you cut back on sugar, you’ll quickly start to feel more energised and focused, so it’s worth the effort. Get through the initial days with this guide:
DON’T skimp on sleep. Fewer than seven hours of shut-eye has been associated with sugar cravings in several studies.
DO stay hydrated. When you have a hankering for sweets, you might be thirsty, not hungry. So having eight to 12 glasses a day will help eliminate false cravings.
DON’T go cold turkey. Cutting out all sugar at once can backfire and lead to binging.
DO eat natural forms of sugar each day. Aim for one or two cups of fruit (berries, apples, oranges or grapefruit) a day.
DON’T skip breakfast (or any meal). If you’re running on empty, you could overdo it when you finally eat, and reach for sweet options.
DO double up on your vegie intake. Vegetables are high in fibre, which helps fill you up and stabilises your blood sugar. Maintain that satisfied feeling by eating protein (such as chicken, fish or Greek yoghurt) at each meal.