Maguire adds that in cases of extreme cravings, your best strategy is to allow your body to indulge—the healthy way. "The body is looking to satisfy the reward center in the brain," she explains. "If you find that any craving hits, then reaching for good low-sugar snacks such as dark chocolate (above 70% cocoa), nut butter, nuts and seeds, or berries with Greek yogurt can kill the cravings."
How to Go Sugar-Free for a Week Straight Without Hating Your Life.
"Because there are over 50 different names give to sugars, it can make it even harder when reading food labels to determine what foods actually contain added sugar," explains Emily Maguire.
1. Plan and prepare.
And maybe it shouldn't have been surprising, given that many scientists and experts denote sugar as one of the most addictive ingredients in the average modern diet. American adults consume an average of 60 pounds of added sugar a year —and that's because it's everywhere .
Once you hit the grocery store, the trickiest part is practicing a healthy amount of skepticism when it comes to prepackaged or prepared foods. "The hardest part of a sugar cleanse is avoiding all of the sneaky sugar hiding in even those most unsuspecting items, such as pasta sauce, dried fruit, juices, and yogurt," says Seti. "Be sure to check the ingredient list on everything you buy."
On the flip side, you want to make whole, clean foods (the third category) your main focus—which, speaking from experience, is easiest when you take the time to prepare delicious, thoughtful meals. Does this all sound easier said than done? Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to negotiating the challenge without hating your life.