Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Personal Tips on Kicking a Sugar Addiction

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We all know that feeling…you know, that moment where those cupcakes, gummies, and chocolates literally scream your name. Sadly, it turns out that candy isn’t the only way we’re ingesting mass amounts of sugar…it’s in lots of foods we eat every day, and most don’t give it a second thought.

Sugar composes over a third of the calories we consume today…shocking? We get it.

Gwyneth Paltrow, an admitted sugar lover, writes how parents (herself included) reward their children with sweet treats. In reality, we’re turning a harmful substance into ideal comfort food. Sugar can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol, weight gain, and heart disease among other things. The highs and lows you feel as a result of consuming sugar can also create a vicious cycle and promote both anxiety and exhaustion.

It’s time to kick those sugars to the curb by curbing your cravings. Here are a few suggestions straight from Gwyneth’s journal for combating your pesky sugar appetite:

Have a breakfast of protein, fat and phytonutrients to start your day off right. Breakfast smoothies are ideal for this. The typical breakfast full of carbs and sugary or starchy foods is the worst option since you’ll have cravings all day. Eating a good breakfast is essential to prevent sugar cravings.

Choose whole foods. The closer a food is to its original form, the less processed sugar it will contain. Food in its natural form, including fruits and vegetables, usually presents no metabolic problems for a normal body, especially when consumed in variety.

Add spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.

Become familiar with sugar terminology. Recognize that all of these are sweeteners: corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, honey, molasses, turbinado sugar and brown sugar.

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