How do you quit sugar? These are some things that work against you: your brain, environment, habits, gut, and friends.
Brain: Sugar is addictive so you are tolerant and then you want more. Eating sugar causes your brain not to know it is full. It also keeps you feeling tired and lethargic. You need to get rid of the mindset that sugar gives you pleasure and that quitting will deprive you.
Environment: This applies to ads you see and the grocery stores. You will need to ignore these. Just seeing foods can make you think you are hungry. Understand the environment you are in and how it can affect your cravings.
Habits: Everyday routines becomes a habit. Your brain tries to conserve effort and you run on autopilot. Don’t eat without being aware of what you are doing. Along with environment, if you live in areas where food is nostalgic or if the area is known for certain unhealthy items, like Philly cheesesteaks, or beignets in NOLA. Don’t react to advertising.
Gut: Sugar contributes to leaky gut. Sugar can alter the microbe proportions in your gut. Fermented foods, prebiotics, and probiotics can be helpful.
Friends: Friends and family can be enablers. To get something sweet, go to fruit.
Restricting processed foods is the key to to stopping sugar.