Give your body a real treat: Take charge of your sugar intake to look amazing and reduce your risk of disease. “Eating lots of sugar has been shown to enhance reward mechanisms in the brain, making it difficult to break the habit,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, LD, a Cleveland Clinic dietitian. This three-step sugar “detox” can help to reset your palate.
Week 1: Be a sugar detective. How often do you eat foods that contain added sugar? Write down everything you eat with the sweet stuff. Include hidden sources in packaged foods like bread, salad dressings and sauces.
Week 2: Ease into it. Cut back in one or two places first: Skip the sugar in your cup of joe (really good coffee will make up for it!), or swap your afternoon cookie for a handful of nuts!
Week 3: Challenge yourself! Step up to a sugar-free week. Scrub your home of the sweet stuff so it’s not there to tempt you. And keep non-sweet rewards at the ready.
"Give junk food the boot and switch to fruit." Unknown