HOW DO I MAKE THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF QUIT­TING SUGAR EAS­IER?

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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.

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