How to Quit Sugar: Guide

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to cut back on the white stuff? Here are my tips for how to say “so long” to sugar and ditch it for good. Because you’re sweet enough!

Over the holidays, many people continued to tell me “you have great willpower!” after I turned down sweets and baked goods time and time again. I would tell them exactly what I’ve learned to be true over the past two years since quitting refined sugar – an idea Gretchen Rubin has remarked about a variety of habits – “it actually takes no willpower. I don’t eat any sugar because I have no willpower at all. Having no sugar removes any energy spent on deciding whether or not to have a shortbread cookie because the choice is always ‘no.’”

You may have wanted to cut out sugar from your diet for some time, or have a resolution to get healthy this year and looking for the best way to do it. Perhaps you’ve been seeing a lot of information lately about how bad it is for you.

Some of the awesome benefits I experienced (and continue to) after quitting sugar:

Clearer skin
Fewer headaches
Weight loss
Less bloat
More sustained energy
Fewer cravings
Decreased moodiness

If this list intrigues you or my story resonates with you, you’re in the right place. As I’ve written before, “quitting sugar” means different things to different people; you have to figure out what works best for you. This is what I do and don’t eat (hint: only natural sugars; not naturally derived or artificial). Whether you want to wave goodbye to the sweet stuff forever or try reducing it from your diet, use what I learned along the journey to guide your way.


Note: I am not a dietician, nutritionist, scientist, doctor, or other health professional. 

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