Kicking the sugar habit
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Hello. My name is ____, and I’m addicted to sugar. Is that you? As funny as it sounds, a sugar addiction is no laughing matter. If you’ve ever tried to decrease the amount of sugar you eat you know exactly what I’m talking about. It is so easy to be addicted to sugar. It’s cheap, it’s in everything, and everyone else is doing it. How do you know if you’re addicted and even more importantly, how can you decrease your sugar intake?

Sugar, A Sweet Deception

Sugar is a sweet deception. Why? Many people don’t even know they’re addicted to it! Here are a few signs that you may have a sugar addiction:

● You feel irritable, dizzy, or shaky if you haven’t had sugar in a while.

● You crave sugary foods, even when you’re not hungry.

● You feel tired or sluggish after you eat sugary foods.

● Your reach for sugary foods to satisfy emotional need.

So how can you kick the habit and say “sayonara” to sugar for good?

‘Sayonara’ Sugar

A sugar addiction, like any other kind of addiction is best overcome slowly, weaning yourself off a little at a time. Quitting cold-turkey can be intense – you may feel irritable, tired, and even experience flu-like symptoms. Here are a few suggestions to make the transition easier:

● Substitute no-calorie herbal stevia for sugar in your food and drink.

● Use one less teaspoon of sugar in your coffee each week until you don’t use any at all.

● Mix juice in carbonated water as a substitute for soda.

● Keep fruit on-hand. Get your taste buds more acquainted with the natural sugars in fruits so you crave unhealthy sugars less.

● Try flavored seltzer water instead of soda.

● Use raw honey. Honey is the only natural sweetener that has other health benefits.

Weaning yourself off of sugar can be difficult – but the battle can be won! Don’t overwhelm yourself with lofty goals. Once you’ve mastered one of these suggestions move on to the next. You may be surprised that living without sugar is easier than you think!

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Tony Ortiz is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Pharmacist and owner of Atlas Drug and Nutrition at 8416 Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen, New Jersey.

As an anti-aging specialist, Tony often helps people dealing with complex or “vague” illnesses when traditional providers are at a loss. His website, also provides practical help for people struggling with weight gain, hormone imbalance, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Request a free consultation today. Have a question you’d like to see addressed here? Tell Tony via the contact page on our site.
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June 01, 2014
Many people find help in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. Some of us have been diagnosed as morbidly obese while others are undereaters. Among us are those who were severely bulimic, who have harmed themselves with compulsive exercise, or whose quality of life was impaired by constant obsession with food or weight. We tend to be people who, in the long-term, have failed at every solution we tried, including therapy, support groups, diets, fasting, exercise, and in-patient treatment programs.

FA has over 500 meetings throughout the United States in large and small cities such as Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Austin, and Washington, D.C. Internationally, FA currently has groups in England, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. If you would like more information about FA, please check out our website at www [dot] foodaddicts [dot] org. If there aren’t any meetings in your area, you can contact the office by emailing FA at foodaddicts [dot] org, where someone will help you.