We all know that excessive sugar intake can do a number on our oral and overall health.
From cavities to other significant tooth damages, our mouths can take some major heat from the effects of excessive sugar intake.
But, if your sweet tooth is beginning to get the best of you, here are some suggestions on how to minimize your daily sugar intake:
#1 Find a substitute.
By substituting a sugary food or beverage item for a healthier option, you can easily reduce your intake without sacrificing taste.
And, the substitute options are endless. Some ideas from Healthline include the following: - Water versus soda or juices
- Unsweetened coffee or tea
- Bake with cinnamon, nutmeg, almond extract, vanilla, ginger, or lemon, as opposed to sugar
- Fresh fruit instead of canned, syrup-covered fruit
#2 Choose an accountability partner.
Like some many things in life, going at this life change as a lone wolf does not always yield the most optimal result. Instead, find a friend, family member, co-worker, trainer, etc. who keeps you accountable to your sugar reduction goals.
#3 Track your progress.
Write your goals and your daily intake. Writing these out will allow you to watch as you follow these daily goals. Not only does this method help you stay accountable, but can also boost your motivation seeing your wins written (or typed) across a page.
Also, consider using a mobile app for easy, convenient tracking of your sugar intake.
#4 Be reasonable.
Rome was not built in a day, so take it one day at a time. Consult with your doctor or health coach to help you develop your plan.
Set reasonable expectations for yourself and also be patient with yourself. If say, you overdue it on the cookie jar one day, simply recommit yourself to your goals and get back on the horse.