WRITTEN BY: LIVITY
- EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE EFFECTS OF SUGAR AND TACTICS THE FOOD INDUSTRY USES
During warfare (you may laugh but this is warfare) you must study the enemy. You are being poisoned for the financial benefit of a few. Do you believe your life is worth more than a big house the executive is going to purchase for his family, or the jewelry the advertising exec is going to buy his wife with the profits from your addiction? Websites, books, audio-books, documentaries, and YouTube have enormous amounts of information on sugar and its effects, substitutes, and how to avoid it.
- DO NOT KEEP SUGAR IN YOUR HOUSE
DO NOT I repeat DO NOT have cookies, ice cream, soda, candy, and any other form of sugary snacks in the house. If the urge is so strong that you feel you have to leave your house to get a sugar fix, so be it, but get a single serving and not the regular size you usually purchase.
- TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISION
You have to be very conscious of the things you allow into your head. You cannot sit down, sedated, watching dessert commercials. A recovering heroin addict cannot be around people using heroin. Try to minimize temptation. Television commercials, the biggest enticer, are easily avoidable by hitting that little button that says “OFF.”
- DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF.
It is very important that you avoid this starvation foolishness people do when trying to lose weight. Your focal point is not losing weight, it is breaking your addiction to sugar. As you conquer the addiction to sugar you will lose weight. You must eat when you are hungry, substituting fruits or other healthy snacks for the processed sugars you are avoiding.
- BUY SEASONAL FRUITS
Use fruits as a substitute for sugary snacks. Local seasonal fruits are a much cheaper option, when purchasing produce. Google information about local farmer markets. Their produce will be cheaper and have less pesticide than fruits at chain supermarkets.
- LEARN HOW TO COOK
You do not have to be world renowned chef, but learn enough so that your creations are edible while still being void of sugary products, like pre-made pasta sauce, glazes, and marinades.
People have different work schedules, living arrangements, and responsibilities but you need to sleep. Your body needs enough energy to get through the day and fight the addiction.
- DO NOT GET DOWN ON YOURSELF
If you have a bad day, dust yourself off and try again tomorrow. Just do not get in the habit of having consecutive bad days or bad weeks. Breaking addiction is very hard and should be approached with patience and courage to withstand the temptations.
- DO NOT GO COLD TURKEY
Everyone’s will power differs. Initially many people can resist the urge of sugar due to current motivation. As motivation diminishes, the return to sugar is ferocious, which usually leads to the return of any weight lost plus more. Be realistic when reducing sugar intake. You’re not looking for a quick fix but a change in lifestyle, which will take time.
- INCREASE SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE
Try and find like-minded people so you have a support system of people with the same vision. Unfortunately, you may have to minimize interaction with those who will not support your lifestyle change.