How do I detox from sugar?

If you are trying to quit your sugar habit, it's important to take your time. Going cold turkey works for some people, but not most. Instead of quitting your sugar habit altogether, take your time weaning yourself off of the sweet stuff. This is more likely to help you lose your taste for sugar and reduce your cravings. Start out by cutting your sugar in-take in half. Instead of two handfuls of M&Ms, have one. Instead of adding two teaspoons of sugar to your coffee, add one. Do this for a week, then reduce it by half again for another week. Your goal should be to either switch to natural sweeteners or skip the sweetness completely.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Sugar addiction is serious, but the habit can be broken.

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re generally the part of food that is digested most quickly. Carbohydrates can give you quick energy, and cause a rise in blood sugar levels. Diabetics, in particular, need to pay attention to the carbohydrates they eat to help manage their blood sugar. Some carbohydrates, those found in whole grains and leafy vegetables, for example have a much slower impact on blood sugar than carbohydrates in fruits or candy. It's easy to consume a lot of carbohydrates, as foods like breads, pasta, cake, cookies and potatoes are loaded with them. Nutrition experts suggest that you should only get 45 to 65 percent of your daily nutrition from carbohydrates.

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