The correction of sugar habit is a long process in most cases. Therefore, we do not want you to be under illusions that cravings for sugar will go away in a few weeks or even in a few years. That is how entrenched the problem is in many people. However, you can look forward to a reduction in cravings that will eventually move you away from this pernicious habit or addictive tendency.
1) Improve Your Diet. In particular, avoid all sugars in your diet.
Fruit must be reduced, as it is not helpful in most instances. However, this may take more work to leave alone, especially because there is so much propaganda as to how wonderful fruit is for your health.
The Truth About Fruit. Fruit is not needed in most cases, and causes far more harm than good in most instances, in our experience. Fruit is mainly sugar and water, with a few vitamins and other phytonutrients. Berries are the best and may be eaten a few at a time. If you eat a whole container, you are a sugar addict and you are misusing the berries. Beware!
Eating fruit is not recommended at all in nutritional balancing science. It is too yin in Chinese medical terms, it is mainly sugar and water, and the stomach volume is needed to eat cooked vegetables and some animal protein in most people. However, some fruit is a great transition if one is quitting sugar and needs something sweet, at times. Eating fruit is better than candy, cookies and ice cream, in other words, but not highly nourishing at all.
Improving Your Diet. Experiment with more protein or more fat in your diet. You will not gain much if any weight if you do this with high-quality foods such as starchy root vegetables (carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, daikon, etc.)
Also, eat regular meals, five daily if needed. Do not skip meals and take snacks between meals of high-quality protein or fat-rich foods such as egg, nut butter on a rice cracker, turkey or even beef jerky free of chemicals if possible, nuts or seeds, for example.
Eat lots of vegetables, preferably steamed lightly, not raw. Raw does not supply the nutrients you will need to rebuild. For more on why food needs to be cooked, read the article entitled Raw Foods.
Drink plenty of distilled or spring water. Do not drink tap water, except filtered, if you must. Also avoid reverse osmosis water, most “drinking water”, “purified water” and alkaline waters, which are inferior products in almost all cases.
2) Take supplements to replace and repair the body.
3) Take relaxed walk daily and cultivate excellent habits
This, too, is a slow process that will take years, but is worth the gentle effort you put in over time. It is a process of learning when and why you crave sugar and other foods or activities, so you can examine your life in light of your new discoveries about yourself and what life is really like.
This is a spiritual quest in the best sense of the word. It does not require retiring to a cave or mountaintop, although a getaway like this can be enlightening for some people. It does involve separating yourself from friends, work associates and even from family on a regular basis, say half and hour daily at the very least, so you can look at your life carefully and lovingly and discover why you eat what you do, and why you behave in ways that may not serve you to the fullest extent.
4) Let go of all habits that feed the sugar habit.
You may want sugar when angry, for instance. Others may want sugar when they have skipped a good meal, or when tired and really need to lay down for even 15 minutes.
Try to identify when you want sugar, and what you have done to upset your body chemistry that makes the craving all the more intense. This is a task for a lifetime, but you can make fast progress easily if you will pay attention to it. By meditating every day and taking a relaxed walk each day.
We will give examples of how to overcome these habits later. For now we just introduce the subject for your consideration.