Sugar addiction has become a huge problem in the United States, leading to shocking levels of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. The amount of sugary sodas, juices, energy drinks, candy and processed foods that Americans are consuming has helped contribute to illnesses across the map.

Five tell-tale signs of a sugar addiction include:

  1. Being defensive of your sugar intake
  2. Eating because of cravings, not hunger
  3. Hiding your stash of sweets
  4. Eating certain foods regardless of health problems
  5. Rewarding yourself with sugar

The more sugar you eat, the more sugar your body will crave. Breaking your sugar addiction is vital to keeping your body healthy.

The benefits of cutting sugar out of your diet are endless. You’ll feel better, look better, and every part of your body will thank you. Breaking the cycle may seem impossible, but this 3-day meal plan can help get you started on your journey to a healthier sugar-free life.sugar (2)

Day 1

  • Breakfast: Eat 1 cup of oats, and add in some berries and almonds or seeds, or eat 3 eggs, boiled or scrambled.
  • Morning Snack: Eat 1 small bowl of nuts.
  • Lunch: Eat 1 chicken breast and add some cooked butternut squash, beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, almonds and beans.
  • Dinner: Eat broiled fish and a bowl of green beans, or eat salmon with broccoli and mushrooms.

Day 2

  • Breakfast: Eat 1 cup of steel-cut oats and add berries, seeds or almonds, or eat scrambled eggs with spinach.
  • Morning Snack: Eat 1 small bowl of nuts.
  • Lunch: Eat grilled zucchini, yellow peppers and red peppers with some lemon, vinegar and thyme dressing, or a salad made from shredded red cabbage, green cabbage and carrots with some olive oil, salt, lemon and parsley.
  • Dinner: Eat soup made from baked cod and steamed green vegetables with a vegetable casserole, or baked cod with stir-fried bok choy, roasted Brussels sprouts and turnips.

Day 3

  • Breakfast: Eat 1 cup of steel-cut oats with seeds, berries or almonds, or an omelet made from 3 eggs, sauteed kale and seasonings.
  • Morning Snack: Eat 1 small bowl of nuts.
  • Lunch: Prepare roasted chicken thighs with some lemon, rosemary and sage, or chicken roasted in an oven with thyme, black olives and onion.
  • Dinner: Eat soup made from mushrooms, garlic, celery, thyme, carrots and bay leaves, or penne pasta from brown rice with sauce made from mushrooms, tomato and basil.

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What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Drinking water throughout the day keeps you hydrated and allows your body to function properly. Replace sugary sodas, juices and energy drinks with these detox drinks to help jumpstart your metabolism and clear all of that dangerous added sugar out of your system.

  1. Detox water: Chop blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, oranges and some fresh rosemary and mint, then put everything into a jar and add water. Store the jar in the fridge and drink this detox beverage regularly.
  2. Tea: Drink green tea or any natural herbal tea up to 3 times a day, and skip the sugar.
  3. Coffee: Drink no more than one cup of black coffee a day, without sugar or sugary creamer added to it.

This easy plan will put you on the right track to kicking your sugar cravings for good, and increasing your overall health. Don’t let your cravings control you. It’s time to kick-start your journey to a healthier life!

Looking for a sweet treat to make for yourself that won’t fill your body with harmful sugars? Check out this video for an awesome recipe – and have the Best Day Ever!

h/t: healthy living house