Sugar addiction; it’s a real thing, and it’s only made more intense with the start of the holiday season when tarts, cookies and cakes are at their yearly excess. Whenever I’m at a holiday soiree, I can’t help but nibble on the vast array of desserts. I mean, the host took so much time to put the dessert table together, so it would really be rude not to, wouldn’t you agree? And the gingerbread cookies and pies at the bakery are just too festive not to purchase and devour on the walk home. But beyond the occasional decadent dessert and indulging at parties, if you crave sugar on the daily, you’re likely hooked on its sweet and addictive properties.

Sugar is just like a drug. It’s chemically addictive, induces cravings and provides a fleeting fix that leaves you feeling happy for a while, until your mood dulls and you fiend it once again. If you’re the type of person who gets a vanilla latte everyday before work, has a Danish at lunch, drinks pop on the regular and always eats dessert post-dinner, there’s a good chance your addicted to sugar. The problem? An excessive amount of sugar in your daily diet can lead to mood swings, energy crashes, weight gain, and can affect your day-to-day brain function.

Fortunately there are multiple ways to kick your sugar addiction so that you’re living a healthier lifestyle. Sugar in moderation is fine, but if you’re truly hooked, here are 5 effective ways to curb your sugar addiction.

Meal prep

Preparing daily meals and snacks in advance will ensure you don’t grab a sugary quick-fix. If you’re hooked on sugar, the first thing your brain will crave is a pastry rather than a tuna sandwich, for instance. Also ensure you have healthy snacks around the house. You know your temptations best, so keep them out of sight, and keep the healthy options stocked. This way you’ll always have something nutritious to eat rather than running out to buy something sugar-filled when hunger hits.

Eat naturally sweet foods

If you’re really craving sugar, choose to consume natural sugars found in berries, fruits, dates, raisins and other naturally sweet foods. They may contain a hefty dose of sugar, but they also provide nutrients for a healthy body, and are definitely healthier than indulging in a box of chocolate chip cookies. Naturally sweet foods will satisfy your sweet tooth, which is all you really need.

Re-evaluate your breakfast

Breakfast is the most sugary, starchy meal of the day for most people. Yogurt, peanut butter, jam, scones, muffins, pancakes – all of these typical breakfast foods are packed with unhealthy sugars. Substitute these foods for a breakfast high in protein, fat and phytonutrients (plant compounds found in veggies, fruits and legumes that promote health). Eating a proper breakfast is key to eliminating sugar cravings.

Get active

Most of the time, your body’s need for a sugar lift is a cry for a boost of energy. Instead of filling your body with unhealthy sweets to get your boost, go to the gym, take a yoga class, or even take a stroll outside around the neighbourhood. Keeping active will take your mind off your cravings and will provide you with the lift your body craves.

Read labels

A lot of foods are loaded with hidden sugars, and many of us don’t even realize it because we neglect to read the labels on the foods we buy. Making yourself aware of what is in your food will allow you to eliminate more sugars from your diet. Save sugar for indulgences from time to time, with sweet foods you really enjoy instead.

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An excessive amount of sugar in your daily diet can lead to mood swings, energy crashes, weight gain, and can affect your day-to-day brain function. Fortunately there are multiple ways to kick your sugar addiction so you’re living a healthier lifestyle. Sugar in moderation is fine, but if you’re truly hooked, here are 5 effective ways to curb your sugar addiction for good!

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Kate
Kate is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Toronto, Canada. She’s always had a passion for the written word, and after interning at publications such as FASHION Magazine and The Kit, she knew she had to take her passion to the next level. When she’s not sharing her love for styling outfits, home cooked meals, fitness endeavours and home décor, she’s probably taking a hot yoga class or watching the latest series on Netflix.

This is an excerpt from the article 5 Effective Ways to Curb Your Sugar Addiction which originally appeared on http://www.cloudywithachanceofwine.com/.