In this article: three tips to enable you to beat sugar addiction, the world’s most intensely sweet sugar-free natural drink, and Squiffy’s delicious fruit salad recipes
Is sugar addictive? For many people, the answer is certainly yes. Science is increasingly lending support to the idea that almost anything can be addictive to some people. We are hard-wired to find sugar delicious, making sugar an easy option to turn to for a quick lift. Unfortunately the desire for a quick lift can quickly become a habit, leading to a serious sugar addiction; furthermore, sugar can induce fearful peaks and troughs in our blood insulin levels, which tend to cause you to overeat and become moody.
Sugar: The Bitter Truth. A good video to watch if you want to be scared out of eating sugar for life.
If you want to lose weight, or even just switch to healthy eating habits, you’ve got to tackle sugar addiction. You don’t necessarily have to stay off sugar altogether for the rest of your life, but you need to ensure you’re only eating sugar as an occasional treat and not because you crave it. When you crave sugar, that’s the time not to eat it; giving in to a sugar craving can land you with a sugar addiction that’s hard to stop.
You might not need all the tips on this page to beat your sugar addiction. But let’s assume you are seriously, fearfully addicted to sugar. Let’s assume the worst-case scenario! How can you unhook yourself from this terrible drug, this awful vice that rots your teeth and makes you fat?
You Do Not Need Sugar
Firstly, understand that your body does not need sugar. You need precisely no sugar at all. The starch in potatoes and bread even gets turned into sugar in your mouth and stomach by the action of an enzyme in your saliva. This sugar isn’t something you need to worry about unless you’re diabetic, since it is released slowly into your blood stream. It’s the sudden influx into your body of large amounts of sugar from refined sources that you have to worry about. To get a grip on your sugar addiction, at least temporarily cut out refined sugar completely. You might feel at first as though you can’t possibly even enjoy life without your sugar fix, but that feeling will pass with time. When you reach a point of feeling like you can take or leave sugar, that’s the time when you can eat it moderately and safely; but even then, beware! As soon as you start turning to sugar for energy or a mood lift, you’ll get back on the wheel of sugar addiction.
Beat Sugar Addiction By Making Going Cold Turkey Easier
Do you find you can’t deal with your cravings and find it impossible to go cold turkey? There are three steps that you need to take:
- Find something to do other than eating sweet things
- Get some cardiovascular exercise regularly for several weeks
- Eat lots of fruit daily for a few weeks
If you find yourself eating sweet things regularly at a certain time of day, try to find something else to do at that time. Don’t adopt a vice that’s even worse than sugar addiction, but by all means indulge yourself for the sake of getting over your addiction. If you go cold turkey, it will most likely take 2-3 weeks before the cravings subside. Plan ahead and think of something engaging to do when the cravings hit. Watch your favourite TV program, arrange to do things with friends that don’t involve sugar (so no boozing!), play computer games or find good books to read — anything to take your mind off sugar.
The correct type of exercise can really help massively diminish sugar cravings and enable to you beat your sugar addiction. You need to get regular cardiovascular exercise for half an hour every other day for several weeks. With the right type of exercise performed regularly, your cravings will really begin to diminish. Check out my article on the subject to find out how you can easily fit cardiovascular exercise into your life.
Finally, eating lots of fruit regularly will also hugely diminish your sugar cravings and help you beat sugar addiction. Why, I’m not sure. But in my experience, it really works. Don’t eat dried fruit or canned fruit, because these can contain so much sugar in such a concentrated form that they can end up feeding your sugar addiction instead of stopping it. Always eat fresh fruit.
The Most Intensely Sweet Sugar-Free Drink In the World
Now, the ‘nuclear option’ of fresh fruit for sugar addiction is a banana milkshake. Use a food blender to blend well-ripened bananas with half-fat milk. You can also freeze the bananas after they’ve ripened fully to make your banana milkshake virtually resemble ice-cream. The bananas should be ripe to the point that they have some brown dots on their skins for maximum sweetness. I call this drink the ‘nuclear option’, because it is so intensely sweet that it’s on the border of being addictive itself. But it’s much healthier than eating chocolate (chocolate is after all virtually fat mixed with sugar and flavouring), and it can help you to go cold turkey with refined sugar.
If you’re serious about breaking your sugar addiction, try eating lots of fruit daily for a few weeks before attempting to cut the refined sugar out. If you don’t like fruit all that much, you can jazz it up a lot by making delicious fruit salads. Chop up your favourite fruits and mix them all together. With practice you can become a dab hand at peeling and chopping fruits (experiment to find the fastest way possible of preparing them); then you can create an excellent fruit salad in about five minutes flat.
Be aware that fruit varies immensely in quality. If you think you don’t like fruit, maybe you just haven’t tasted really good fruit. Try different brands and types of oranges and apples etc, till you find ones you like.
If you include juicy fruits in your salad such as oranges, they will stop fruits like apples and bananas from turning brown. Mix your salad well and seal it in an airtight sandwich container. It will remain fresh enough to eat for at least ten hours.
Some good combinations to try for fruit salads are:
- apple, banana, orange
- grapes, banana, orange
- peach, grapes, melon
- plums, orange, strawberries
… and basically anything you can think of. Oranges, lettuce and chopped nuts also surprisingly make an excellent salad! In general, if you use drier fruits like bananas and apples, also add some juicy fruits like oranges and grapes.
Eat a bowl of fruit salad every day, and after a few weeks you will probably find your desire to eat refined sugar diminishes. Combine this with exercise and you can beat your addiction, even if you’re previously found it unbreakable.