Steps to Cut Sugar from Your Diet

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Today is the big day! If you are joining Mandi and me for the Break the Sugar Habit Challenge, this is Day 1 of 25 with little to no sugar. If you are just now reading about our (almost!) month-long sugar break, it is not too late to start. You can catch up on what my family is doing to reduce our sugar consumption, and how Mandi and her family are cutting out the sugar.

As I mentioned on Friday, this isn’t a competition, but a chance to reset our family’s palates and eat sweeteners intentionally, rather than because we crave them.

I have explained the why behind our taking this challenge, but not so much the how. How do you begin to cut sugar from your diet? Where do you start?

Going cold-turkey sounds wonderful, but it just isn’t feasible for us. While we don’t go crazy on the sugar, we are used to indulging whenever we choose, and I don’t think it would be fair to my family to eliminate everything all at once. We have been working our way to better sweeteners and to using less of them, but the change has come over the last few months.

Slow and Steady

I truly believe a slow, but steady removal is the way to go, and the first step is to toss all of the refined sugar. That four pound bag of white stuff you grabbed at Walmart the other day? Yeah, it’s got to go. Refined white sugar is just bad; it has no redeeming qualities. Replace your refined sugar with “better” sweeteners: organic sugar, sucanat, or raw honey. Also, anything with refined sugar (or high fructose corn syrup!) as an ingredient needs to go.

Eat Comfort Food

As we reduced our refined sugar intake, we increased the amount of good, healthy fats that we ate. As I pointed out in the beginning, by satisfying our need for “comfort food,” our sugar cravings will be less intense. I have also found that eating well-rounded meals keeps us from thinking we need more food in-between.

Fruit is Good

Eating more fruit has also curbed some of those sugar cravings. The girls are more likely to ask for a banana than a cookie if I purchase bananas on a regular basis instead of cookies. And many times, when offered one or the other, they will still choose the banana.

Be Knowledgeable

I don’t think all sweeteners are bad all of the time. Raw honey is a staple in our home that is wonderful for combating allergies, sore throats, colds and more. Artificial sweeteners are exactly that: artificial, and personally, I would rather skip the fake stuff.

I believe we should be careful of what we consume and how we consume it. That word, “intentional” comes to mind again. We cannot mindlessly fill our bodies and expect to be healthy. Knowledge of what we eat, from where it comes, and what it does to us is vital.

What are your tips for cutting sugar from your diet?

Written by: Amy Norton
Amy is a youth pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom to three girls, ages 8, 6, and 3, and has a baby boy on the way. When she’s not writing at Kingdom First Mom, you can find her cooking, getting crunchier by the day, and trying to stay on top of the laundry. She enjoys writing about her homelife adventures at Amy Loves It.

Comments

  1. says

    I personally cut the processed sugar out last October and without changing much else I’ve lost 18lbs. I use coconut sugar when we need to have a little something. I also will use honey on special occasions like to sweeten lemonade (that is a rare indulgence). I know longer have Starbuck’s fancy coffees or candy bars or cakes or cookies made with regular sugar any more. I feel great and it wasn’t as hard to say no as I thought it would.
    Being the Mom and in control of what comes into the house made it easy for the family to follow suit. Homemade Larabars have been a hit and they aren’t asking for any of those other things any more.
    It’s a state of mind and once you make up your mind, it’s go time. I don’t worry to much about the sugar in ketchup and stuff like that as I eat very little of it when I do eat it. The point is to not stress out.
    I hope you all do well on this journey. You won’t regret the decision.
    Kim
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