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How to Wean Yourself off Sugar

wean yourself off sugarCut caffeine.

Think about the amount of caffeine you are drinking in coffee, tea, colas and energy drinks. They will cause a similar roller coaster effect to sugar and cause the release of the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol.

They are classed as stimulants. Because they can cause a drop in blood sugar, they can also trigger either sugar cravings or an increase in appetite in general. Also, when you are changing habits there may be some that are natural stable-mates, such as tea and biscuits, or coffee and a chocolate bar.

So it can be easier to break a habit by breaking the association. If you are not having the cup of coffee, you might not think about having the chocolate bar.

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Are You Addicted to Sugar?

sugar addictionThe American Psychiatric Association has a manual entitled the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and it suggests that the following list indicates the type of behaviours that could indicate an addiction.

Run through this list and look at your behaviour over the last year, when it comes to eating sugar and sugary foods.

• Tolerance.

• Withdrawal.

• The substance is often taken in larger amounts than intended.

• A persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down substance use.

• A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance.

• Important activities are given up or reduced because of substance use.

• Substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance.

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