Tips for Lowering Sugar Intake (Relatively Painlessly!)

Leading up to the Trust Your Gut Daily Essential Co. Cleanse this month (starts May 15!), I’m trying to cut back on sugar so the cleanse won’t be a total shock to my body! Here are some of the substitutions and tools I’m using to make an easier transition:

Instead of cake, eat…

Some people can eat fruit for dessert and feel satisfied, and that’s great. But on days when I want to EAT EVERYTHING, a more filling substitution (for me) is ⅓ cup oatmeal cooked with ⅓ cup water and just under ⅓ cup flaxseed milk, with some cocoa powder (maybe a teaspoon or two, I just eye it), cook it according to the directions, then stir in some peanut butter. Mmm.

Instead of soda, drink…

Sparkling water is always my go-to when trying to cut back on soda (or rather, if I’m drinking soda daily, I go from caffeinated soda to caffeine free, and/or fewer days a week of drinking soda, then drink more sparkling water). I prefer unflavored sparkling water, and I just started adding in one or two drops of grapefruit or lemon essential oil to it. This is my new treat! It’s so refreshing to me.

According to Sara Wilson (of I Quit Sugar)…

Sara wrote a whole book about how to quit sugar in 6 weeks and I just think she’s a fantastic woman and is contributing to the world in very meaningful ways. One of the things she suggests for the first couple of weeks is increasing your protein as you’re decreasing your sugar intake. I try to do this and I think it helps keep me full and satisfied.

When you just want to eat everything…

doTERRA Slim & Sassy gum
. I love this stuff. Since initially trying it a couple months back, I always keep it with me to help ease those cravings, and also because I just think it tastes really good. It’s a flavor you likely haven’t tasted before (each piece of gum contains a drop of Slim & Sassy essential oil, which contains Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon), which I’d think could help redirect some of those impulses we have around food (dessert right after meals, multiple afternoon snacks, even soda cravings, just by introducing a new flavor in to the mix with this blend).

And, maybe the most obviously…

Water. Drink so much water. Wake up and drink water first thing. Some people say lukewarm water, I say whatever water you want to drink. Drink it. You can even add in some apple cider vinegar and/or lemon juice (just a bit) to get your digestion going faster. Drinking water first thing in the morning (and throughout the day) will help you maintain proper hydration, feel full faster around mealtime (and helping you not overeat), and is just so vital to great physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Want to do a little spring detox with me and my gal pals? Contact me! Let’s get this going!