5 Tips To Help You Kick Your Sugar Habit

by Maggie on January 31, 2014

5 tips to help kick your sugar habit

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In case you missed it, make sure you read my post 5 Reasons to Kick Your Sugar Habit . It just might give you the motivation you need to break up with sugar, for good.

I gave up refined sugars about two years ago and I am so glad I did. The benefits far outweighed the good. I would mark it as one of the defining moments in my journey towards better health.

Giving up the white stuff isn’t easy, but hopefully these tips will help get you started.

1. Set a short-term goal for eliminating sugar. Try it for two weeks and see how you feel. You might notice a difference immediately! And when that sugar craving comes knocking, reach for a piece of fruit or a medjool date stuffed with your favorite nut butter.

2. Don’t go cold turkey! Gradually wean yourself off the white stuff, it will be easier in the long run. I used medjool dates to help me break free of my cane sugar addiction. Medjool dates are naturally sweet and they’re the perfect smoothie sweetener.

3. Start reading labels.  Did you know that most tomato sauces and salsas have added sugar? Yup, and added sugar is completely unnecessary given how naturally sweet tomatoes are. Time to add sugar to your label reading.

4. Find an unrefined sugar replacement. I started my sugar-free journey by using maple syrup to sweeten my baked goods. I also use coconut sugar when I’m working with granulated sugar and small amounts of stevia in salad dressings, smoothies, and on cereal.

5. Cut out fruit juices and other sugary drinks. I did this by making myself a green smoothie most mornings. The sweetness of the fruit satisfied my desire for orange or apple juice. You can also start by swapping apple cider for apple juice; it’s just pressed apples, if you find the right brand.

What can you look forward to by cutting out refined sugars?

– Weight loss, especially around the belly
– Less moodiness
– Less colds and illness (no more bombs on the immune soldiers)
– More flavor, you’ll rediscover how sweet fruits and veggies really are
– Relief of candida symptoms
– Relief of unnecessary inflammation
– And so much more!

Here are some of my favorite refined sugar-free recipes from She Let Them Eat Cake:

I personally don’t want to live without a little natural sweetness in my life. Small amounts of honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar from time to time are tolerable for me.

The bottom line? You have to find what works for you and what makes you feel your BEST!

Check out these resources for quitting sugar:
Gabby Bernstein’s guide to quitting sugar
Hallie’s Sugar Shocker video series
I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook

And now I want to hear from you!  How did you kick your sugar habit? 

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet January 31, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Can prunes be substituted for the dates? I love sugar but I need to cut down on it. AARRGH! I made a mix of cashews, dried cranberries, and semi-sweet chocolate chips for an afternoon snack with a cup of plain decaf green tea. Tasted delicious but not what I should have eaten 🙂 Thanks for the tips.


Maggie February 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

Hi Janet – I’m not sure. Do you mean for the smoothies? Or just to stuff with nut butter? I would try both, you could also try apricots! But if it’s for the smoothies, just omit them and add stevia!
Thanks for your feedback 🙂


Rebecca February 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

We had a big challenge in our house with myself (thyroid issues), 9 year old (Lactose Intolerant) and a very moody 6yo that struggles to sleep. Our Naturopath told us 3 months no sugar (including honey), dairy or wheat (then proceeded to tell me I was looking a little stressed).

Long story short we changed our diets, we have been fortunate to have a bulk food store in our nearest town (yes, to add to the challenge we live remotely) that allowed me to make my own GF flour mix. My husband does not like Stevia so we used Xylitol instead but now that is being reduced and we use coconut syrup or juice concentrate to sweeten our treats. For the lactose we removed all dairy from the house and replaced with rice milk for the kids and almond milk for myself (husband kept the full cream milk hidden for himself). We used soy milk for baking as it has the closest consistency to milk. Six months down and we have a 6yo going to bed at an acceptable time and sleeping, a 9yo that understands his body and what milk products can do to him (we can buy lactose free cheese which seems silly but is very exciting for him). And myself, on a long battle but have reduced the amount of medication I am taking which in itself a win for me.


Maggie February 4, 2014 at 9:15 am

Hi Rebecca – Thank you so much for sharing your story. I know that stressed look 🙂 I had it about 4 years ago! I am so impressed by all of yours changes. And I am so glad to hear you’ve noticed changes, that is the BEST part! I think it’s so empowering for our kids to understand how food effects them. It’s so important for this day and age when most of our food is so far from where it should be!
Thanks again Rebecca,


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