To Your Health
February, 2007 (Vol. 01, Issue 02)
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5 Ways To Kick The Sugar Habit

Woman doing crunchies while using exersize ball. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark 1. Exercise Regularly.

As if there aren't enough reasons to exercise, 20 minutes a day of rigorous physical activity brings just the rush of endorphins you're craving.  In fact, when you feel a craving coming on, immediately step outside for a brisk walk or quickly hop on the treadmill. Pretty soon, you'll crave the workout instead of the doughnut.

Assorted vegtables. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark 2. Graze On Healthy Snacks Throughout The Day.

The traditional three-meal-a-day diet hasn't done much for sugar addicts. The full feeling after a meal turns to hunger in a matter of three or four hours, leaving you susceptible to sugar cravings.  Make healthy snacks accessible all throughout the day and use them to keep you satisfied (not full).

Woman drinking from water bottle. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark 3. Drink Water. Lots Of Water.

A craving is often a sign of plain dehydration, not a cry for food. So carry a bottle of water or iced herbal tea with you to combat sugar attacks.

Coffee being poured into coffee mug - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark 4. Cut Back On Caffeine.

Plain and simple, caffeine can cause a drop in blood sugar levels.  Switch to herbal tea if possible.

Woman taking a bite out of a red apple. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark 5. Grab A Piece Of All-Natural Fruit.

If the above tips aren't taming that sweet tooth completely, don't quit! Keep up the good work, and reward yourself with a piece of fruit, such as a pear, apple or orange. Fructose sugars don't send blood sugar levels on a rollercoaster ride, and the fiber in the fruit will fill you up.

Julie Engebretson is a freelance writer for To Your Health. She currently resides in New York City.