1. Ditch Fake Sugars
If you haven’t already come off added sugars, now’s the time to start. Put down the chocolate bar and pick up a piece of fruit. Get your buzz from natural sugars and soon you won’t be craving that sweet pick-me-up so bad. When you’re on the hunt for a natural sugar kick it’s good to remember that a good kind of natural sugar is one that is minimally processed, not contaminated, and contains some nutrients and antioxidants.
Dates are a great source of natural sugar and they are rich in B6, vitamin A, potassium and calcium. Dates can taste amazing in bars or puddings. Other brilliant sources of natural sugars are honey, molasses and real maple syrup.
2. Drink LOTS of Water
Water is key. You know it, I know it, we all know it. It’s no secret how big a part water can play in the detoxing process. Did you know that when your body is dehydrated, it actually craves sweets? Drinking one large glass of water per hour when you’re weaning yourself off the sugar will help quash the cravings as well as keeping your skin looking fresh and glowing. If you’re wondering how you’re ever going to be able to drink that much of the clear stuff, try these handy tips.
Instead of using artificial sweeteners, take some of your favourite fruit, slice it up and pop it into a water bottle. We love the taste of watermelon chunks and mint in our water for a refreshing lift in the afternoon.
3. Go Green.
“Adding greens to your diet is one of the best ways to keep energy levels up and eliminate those sweet cravings,” Ficek says. Green veggies like spinach, kale, and broccoli are great sources of iron and vitamin B-6, both of which can keep you from “needing” a sugar boost. “Try having a green smoothie for breakfast, a big salad for lunch, and a green veggie stir-fry for dinner. These meals will make you feel so good; you won’t dare go back to those sweet treats,” she says.
4. Eat foods rich in potassium citrate.
They can help alkalize the body. Opt for prunes, avocados, raisins, peaches, strawberries, spinach, apples or fresh mushrooms.
5. Add garlic to your meals as often as possible.
It’s great for you. Garlic is an antioxidant that’s been shown to help the immune system.
6. Stimulate your lymphatic system with dry skin brushing twice a day.
Brush your naked body with a natural bristle brush starting with your feet and working towards your heart. Then take a shower alternating between hot and cold water.
7. Treat yourself at the spa.
Get a sports massage or enjoy the sauna every now and then. These spa treatments really do keep you healthy!