One of the hardest parts about switching to a sugar free diet has been resisting temptation, here are some of the things that I’ve found have really helped. If any of you are considering trying to cut back the sugar in your diets these top 3 tips could help you.
Find a buddy
Having a person there to keep you accountable, willingly listen and empathise as you moan and to remind you why you are doing this in difficult moments makes a massive difference! I’ve been lucky enough to not only have Clare for support this month but also my housemate from the beginning of January and it really has helped!
Clear out your cupboards
Times of weakness will come, normally when you are really hungry or tired! Before starting this journey I had a clear out of all sugary items so there weren’t any in my house. This means when I’m craving a treat I have to leave the comfort of my home, get to a shop and buy the forbidden item. This gives me time to decide whether this is a choice I really want to make, and most of the time it is enough to stop me from slipping up. This is made easier for me because my housemate is crazy enough to do this with me. See if you can convince housemates, partners and children to join in with you!
Be ready with substitutes
The cravings you will feel in the first few weeks can be strong, having something to substitute in can really help. I made some banana bread with no added sugar (just the natural sugars from the banana) sliced it and froze it so that when I felt a craving for sugar I could grab a slice out. Gradually over the weeks these cravings have subsided and I don’t need to do this any more.
However you’re managing at the moment- keep going! If Clare, my housemate and I can do it, you can too!