This is how to make 2017 a sweet year without a ton of sugar

Just finished another bag of candy? Or another chocolate bar or package of cookies? Feeling guilty and want to stop this self-sabotaging behavior? Take a step back, relax breath and be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up is the worst you can do. Instead try this 5 step strategy!

1. Discover what works for you

Exactly how you should go ahead and start eliminating sugar from your diet, depends on your personality. My suggestion is that you have a look on what has been the most successful for you in the past, when trying to break habits. Then by looking at these previous experiences, no matter if it’s a totally different change of habit, for example to quit smoking or starting a new workout routine, try to use the same strategy when breaking the habits of your added sugar consumption.

2. Learn how to eliminate sugar cravings

Start by reducing your post-dinner sweets. Instead of ice cream or a sweet pie, go for berries, a handful nuts, a smoothie or a fruit. If you really want a dessert, substitute refined sugars with unrefined sugar source, such as honey, stevia or coconut sugar. Some good substitutes.

3. Sweetened drinks

Interestingly, liquid calories, in on soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks, makes up 36 percent of the added sugar and 4 percent of the total amount of calories that Americans consume daily. No ifs, ands, or buts: Coke doesn’t have any place in your diet. Energy and sports drinks, however, can be used during or after exercise as a vehicle for fueling and refueling your workouts, but that is it. Therefore, instead of drinking Coke or any other soft drink for dinner, replace it with water. If you don’t like the taste of water, simple start up your water intake by flavoring it with lemon, cucumber, berries or mint. Or drink hot or iced green or herbal tea. Switching to snacks low in sugar and cutting sugar-sweetened beverages out of your diet is a top priority when you want to reduce added sugar in your diet

4. Read food labels

Next step: become an expert at reading food labels because that is the only way to identify added sugar. If any “added sugar”—is one of the first 3 listed, stop buying and eating that product. One step at a time, give your time change and let it happen over time.

5. You don’t have to be on a diet with no sugar!

Reduce added sugar is good enough! Meaning, if you love your brownies or typically chocolate. Just save it for your treats and—most importantly, make sure you enjoy it, when you have it. Then get back on your reduced- added sugar plan. This way you can enjoy the benefits of sugar every so often.

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