1. Maintain a food journal
It is a known fact that people who track their eating habits by maintaining a journal are able to keep a better tab on their health. Once you start recording what you put into your mouth you become more conscious of your eating habits and start eating wisely.
You may be in self denial that your sugar intake is moderate but a look at your journal entries may provide you with the required realty check.
2. Use artificial sweetener
For those with a sweet tooth avoiding sugary treats may seem to be a torture on their souls. This is when artificial sweeteners available at chemists and grocery stores come to rescue. These can be added into your tea or coffee or even desserts you make at home. Some packaged products also come with artificial sweeteners. However these should be taken in moderation as they are known to have harmful side effects.
3. Eat in moderation to avoid binge eating
What you resist persists. If you show too much resistance towards sugar you may end up gorging up more. It is wise to practise moderation and take a mild amount of your favourite sugary treat. However keep this in check and do not go overboard. The law of diminishing utility applies to your sugar craving. The first few bites may provide you with utmost satisfaction. Hence a cheat trick is to throw away your favourite chocolate in the bin after savouring a small portion.
4. Add fruits and nuts to your dietA craving or a pang could be the result of your body or mind under stress or it could be a genuine call for sugar by your body. Satiate you sugar cravings with nutrition dense fruits and nuts rather than by giving your body sugar bombs that give instant spike to your blood sugar levels followed by steep dips resulting in mood swings. A balanced diet with ample natural fruits and nuts would minimise the occurrence of such cravings.
5. Check your labelsYou may think that you are practicing sugar control if you are not taking any sugary confectionaries or other goodies but you may be wrong. Many packaged products are hidden sources of sugar as they do not openly mention sugar in their contents. Many seemingly healthy options like cornflakes mention maple syrup in their contents which are major source of sugar.
While the sugar rush kicks in playtime for kids it may set in some unwanted chronic illnesses in adults. Be smart with your health and use the above tips to cut out sugar out of your diet and stay healthy and happy!