The sugar-reduction strategies that actually work for me
There are plenty of techniques out there to reduce your reliance on sugar, but I've found these to be useful. Planning ahead is crucial for me. Now, I can often be found traveling with snacks! When I won't be around healthy food options I carry homemade trail mix or fruit. The times I'm feeling spiffy, I even bring veggies and hummus.
I refuse to buy the candy at the register, no matter how badly I want it. At brunch, I substitute fruit for the toast. They're seemingly small changes, but in totality they make a huge difference.
Because I grew up eating dessert after dinner, it was strange, at first, to avoid sweets so much. But the more I did it, the better I felt. I use that as motivation when sugar cravings are strongest.
I'm a simple man who wants a simple plan. I just decided to break the cycle. Breakfast became an apple rather than a donut. Quinoa replaced rice during lunch or dinner. Fruit is a natural source of sugar and comes with a full spectrum of nutrients, like fiber, which helps your body process sugar. Sugar from a strawberry is not the potent, distilled version found in, say, strawberry Skittles.