Do you have a sweet tooth the way I do? If you do, you may want to read something I wrote about how I deal with that in my own life. Starting my mornings without sugar has helped me reduce my sugar intake. Reducing sugar intake is one of my goals because I know that we as humans consume far too much sugar.
Now, I’m not a nutritionist, and I will gladly share that upfront with you. Maybe there is no basis or proof for what I’m saying in a scientific study. However, there might be, and I’m not aware of it. I’m just telling you what I do in my life. It is how I am reducing sugar intake and why I do this.
For me, it feels as if I set up my day with what I do first thing in the morning. I’m sure that we all agree that this is true. If you’re like me, you struggle so hard to do this. I made a pact with myself that I wanted to reduce sugar in my diet. To do that, I’m willing to make some adjustments to my mornings.
To accomplish this, I make sure that I start my mornings without sugar. The first thing I do is make sure I eat something that has no added sugar to it. In addition to that, I also watch how much sugar is in the things that I consume. It is amazing just how much added sugar is in so many things.
Keep in mind that I am talking about the first things I eat. After that, I’m more relaxed in what I consume, but I still try to watch how much sugar I have in my diet. After all, diabetes is an epidemic. There is considerable research showing how sugar is not something you want to consume if you have cancer. Of course, the more sugar you eat, the more you tend to visit the dental office. Also, it sets you up for weight gain which can create so many more health issues.
Reducing sugar intake in the mornings like I am doing helps give my tastebuds a chance to eat the right thing. If I eat sugar the very first thing after I wake up, then I find myself craving sugar much of the day. It is like I am at a disadvantage and my sweet tooth wins out. Sugar is so addictive to me, and anything I can do to change that helps me so much.
It is the only way that I have found to reduce sugar intake. Nothing else has worked, as willpower alone isn’t strong enough for me. It is a way I trick my tastebuds to say, “oh – there’s something else out there for me besides sugar.” I’m not going to tell you that I’ve been able to give up sugar fully, but I have a fighting chance at reducing it. If I can reduce it a little at a time, maybe one day I’ll be more in control of it than it is with me.
Don’t take my word for how this works. Try starting mornings without sugar and see if reducing sugar intake is possible for you. If it gives you an ounce of control over the amount of sugar you consume in a day, then I’d call that a win for your life.
Here’s to reducing sugar intake! Let me know how it goes. I love to hear stories of what works for other people!
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The counting carbohydrate method is what worked for me to get my prediabetes controlled, and to better my body composition, a.k.a. losing weight (but as you know, it’s more than just that). It’s a bit more than what you described, but, I hope you’ll agree when I say the idea is roughly the same- letting go of sugars you don’t need. Also, I think my nutritionist would approve of what you’ve said, albeit maybe with a few clarifications. Good disclaimer; hopefully your readers pick up the implication that consulting a registered dietician/nutritionist is a wise idea!