It’s not breaking news — sugar is bad for you. It’s fattening, promotes tooth decay, and puts you at risk for a myriad of diseases.

What you may not know, however, is that sugar has been clinically proven to be addictive, producing symptoms typically associated with substance abuse, including cravings, tolerance and withdrawal. In fact, one study showed that given the choice, lab rats chose sugar over cocaine.

So, don’t beat yourself up if you’ve been trying to go cold turkey, but have been coming up short. Try one, all or none of these realistic sugar-cutting tactics at your own pace, and see if you get better results!

  • When it comes to empty calorie sugar bombs like soda and cake, make them special treats rather than every day snacks.
  • Before making a purchase, get in the habit of eyeing the nutrition label for sugar content — you’ll be amazed at what products unexpectedly contain sugar.
  • For a sweet fix at work, opt for fresh fruit and the occasional juice. As your taste buds adjust to your reduced sugar diet, these guys will taste all the more sweet!
  • Get in the habit of exercising, even if it’s just once a week to start. Physical activity stimulates the same pleasure receptors as sugar!
  • When sweetening your morning coffee or tea, opt for Pyure Organic Stevia for a zero-calorie, zero-sugar alternative that tastes great.

Look, when it comes to cutting out sugar, we know it’s easier said than done. But with realistic goals, manageable steps, and little sweetness from Pyure, you’re well on your way!