You may remember that during February I removed a few things from my diet, one of which was refined sugar. Although I'm not consuming sugar like I was before February, I'm not quite where I want to be. So while I'm being more conscious about what I'm eating, I thought I'd share 3 things that helped me quit refined sugar entirely.
Most of my "sugar cravings" happen because I'm bored or just because I feel like I need to be eating. For my real sugar cravings an apple with almond butter worked best. The popcorn is great for replacing snacks and the tea is great for my bored eating. Moderation is also key!
Apple Slices and Almond Butter
I can't eat whole apples, at least not normal sized ones. I get stomach aches for some odd reason. So I eat half an apple cut into slices with a tablespoon of almond butter (nothing added). I would eat this in the afternoon or for dessert.
I love tea, so whenever I felt like I should be eating something (like while watching a movie or hanging out in the evenings) I would sip on tea instead. I usually drink a cup in the morning and at night. My favorites right now are green tea in the morning and everyday detox at night.
A year or so ago I opened a bag of popcorn before putting it in the microwave, and what I saw totally grossed me out. I was already a fan of the stove-popped version, but now it's all I eat. I use coconut oil in my pan and play around with the flavors. I like cajun seasoning and lime juice, and I'll admit to using butter every now and then. I like this for my afternoon sugar cravings.
These might not work for everyone, but they definitely helped me, so why not give it a try? Also feel free to share any ways you've replaced sugar in your diets. I'd love to hear more suggestions!