Inspired by the beauty and sheer volume of clever little hints and tips in Buzzfeed’s 24 Diagrams to Help You Eat Healthier last week (make sure you check it out), I decided to put together a similar resource to help you kick the sugar habit. These diagrams will help you kick the sugar cravings motivate you eat less sweet food and give you ideas to deal with emotional habits.
I’ve scoured the interweb for the best resources and added a few little points on each. I’ve tried to avoid too many that are country specific (e.g. with loads of American products) and I’ve selected carefully to make sure they don’t repeat the same messages too much.
The chosen 15 cover a range of topic areas including motivation, awareness, inspiration, habits, emotional eating and sugar substitutes.
Uses for these visually appeasing and informative things:
- Print out and stick on your fridge
- Use as a screen saver
- Save as a PDF on your Smartphone for quick ‘OMG I’m craving’ access
- Print and stick in your journal/diary
- Share on your Facebook and say you’re going to do it!
- Create your own Pinterest sugar detox inspiration board or, just save time and follow mine HERE!
Enjoy and let me know which is your favourite and what you’re going to do with it!
1. Your Body On Sugar
Let”s start off with some basics. This shortish infographic from www.prevention.com covers some pretty motivating points if you don’t fancy heart attacks, diabetes, arthritis, wrinkles, depression or bad sex!
2. 46 Sneaky Names for Sugar
You’re likely to get caught out at some point but having an idea for the different names for sugar helps. Thanks to Julie Upton at www.appforhealth.com for this great infographic. If you revise before a food shop, you won’t be fooled. As a general rule of thumb, things ending in ‘ose’ or with ‘juice’, ‘syrup’ and obviously ‘sugar’ are a good way to remember most of these.
3. The Sugar in Your Drinks
I have to say this is one of my favourites for pictures thanks to Dr Ed. Never again is a Burger King large milkshake going to be nothing more than a family sized strawberry tart (rocking up a mere 102g of sugar!). Ok, so four donuts are overall more unhealthy than a carton of apple juice, but it helps put things into perspective and I think it’s a good one to show to teenagers/kids.
4. Sugar vs. Cocaine
Moving on, this is perhaps not one for the kids! It will help you understand however why you do some seriously strange things when it comes to sugar and act out of character. Thanks www.healtheo60.com for reminding us that the binge, dependance and withdrawal type behaviour isn’t just for the drug addicts!
5. Emotional Eating
Whilst we’re on the topic of behaviour, I think this is an excellent infographic from Health Central to sum up some helpful points on emotional eating. I’d emphasis the pleasure deficiency in there. Beat emotional eating with some FUN!
6. Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Guide to Sugar
This is pretty awesome – Kris Carr certainly has her sugar wits about her. Most of it I align with however the only two small points I would make are:
1) I’m not keen on dates being in the A (best) category because I still think they can be addictive in their own right due to being such a concentrated source of fructose (& so mighty delicious)
2) I’m not in agreement that Brown Rice Syrup is Low GI – according the the University of Sydney, it’s got a Glycemic Index of 98 which is high relatively speaking.
Apart from those two points though I think this guide is pretty sweet!
7. Put Down Your Mexican Coke
Not as aesthetically appealing as others but it gets the fructose message across better than any other I found. Based on Dr. Robert Lustig’s The Bitter Truth lecture which is a must watch.
8. How to Battle a Sugar Craving and WIN!
I LOVE a good process flowchart. Great printable guide you can work through from Tosca Reno. Even better, if you can fix a craving up with a fructose free snack like nuts or coconut flakes for the first few times, that will help reduce the number of craving attacks you get in the future.
9. The Sweet Benefits of Crushing your Sugar Cravings
Need a good reminder to stick on the fridge and cupboard doors? Look no further than this colourful little gem from www.beyondyouthful.net. I like the fact it covers off pretty much all of the key benefits in a short and sweet way. YES tighter skin is there for the taking…
10. How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health
Clever infographic taken from Info Matters to make you think twice upon that cold refreshing soft drink. Eek!
11. Where’s the Fructose?
Sugar substitutes can be a confusing matter to say the least but I Quit Sugar have done a nifty little job here of highlighting the fact that dates, coconut sugar, maple syrup and honey DO still count towards your daily total fructose tally.
12. Kids Sugar Barometer
This chart by media.apnarm.net.au on the list because it’s helpful if you’ve got kids. That dotted line shows where various things soon overstep the World Health Organisation recommendations.
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Let me know which is your favourite and what you’re going to do with it below in a comment!