Sugar Detox

February 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm 2 comments

The big “holiday” is over, and hopefully most of you survived without any standing PTSD. As we all know, flowers die and the chocolate gets eaten. But there is one pesky little thing that will stick around long after Valentine’s Day: sugar calories (that we consumed in the name of love, of course).

Here are a few steps you can take to cutting down on the post V-Day sugar high and avoiding unwanted pounds.

Screw the Syrup!

Momma was right when she said to stay away from the high fructose corn syrup. It’ll only add to your sugar situation and mess with your hunger signals. Step away from the ketchup, soda, and cereal for a few days to help your blood sugar figure itself out.

Lean Protein

Never fear, vegetarian friends. There’s hope for you, too. Focus on getting enough tofu and beans into your diet. For you meat eaters, try chicken and salmon.

Healthy Substitute

Most candy consumption occurs because of a specific craving. Get rid of cravings by substituting something sweet–and healthy–into your diet. My go-to substitution? Cuties clementines. Small enough for a snack and easy to carry around anywhere.

Meditate and Exercise

Keep yourself sane–and focused–by getting 15-20 minutes of exercise every day. Add 10 minutes of meditation and you’ll be golden.

Sleep

Sugar can bring you down when you have too much of it in your system. Make sure and get a good night’s sleep and steer clear of frequent napping throughout the day. It’ll be tempting, but you’ll sleep better at night sans daytime power naps.

Don’t let cupid stab you in the back with his sugar-coated arrow. Trust me, he’s got good aim.

*Check out this slideshow from Self magazine with more ways to detox the healthy way.

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