Posted by Bimal Preet Kaur on June 04, 2009
Sugar addiction is harmful to health in more ways than one. Here’s how to get rid of your predilection for sugar.

What is Sugar Addiction?
When the craving for sugar and sweet foodstuff becomes uncontrollable, and physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms like binging, headaches, irritability, sweating, etc. are observed during period of abstinence, the condition is termed as sugar addiction, the physical and psychological dependence on sugar.

Following are some simple and effective ways of getting rid of the sugar addiction:

Accept the Addiction
Once you accept that are a sugar addict or have a compulsive habit of eating sweet foods, half of the war is won.

Do not Cut Down Sugar Completely
You must never cut down on sugar completely since it will only lead to aggravated craving and the resultant binge eating. Eat sugar once in a while, in the form of fruits, to suffice craving for sweet flavor.

Choose Quality over Quantity
Prefer one piece of 70 percent dark chocolate over a candy bar. Also, choose fresh fruit salad over cream based desserts. Such choices will keep your sweet tooth satisfied.

Drink Water
When alternative choices cannot do much, try drinking 2-3 glasses of water and feel the effect yourself. Drinking of herbal teas is also beneficial, according to some experts.

Avoid Excess Salt
It has been found that eating excess salt aggravates sugar craving. Therefore, try to eat a balanced diet with only necessary salt use.

Last, instead of feeding sugar to your body, you can try feeding it to your heart. According to a Yiddish proverb, “If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you.

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