January is a busy time for a dietitian! Millions of people chose January 1st as the new start to their new health goals and while that’s awesome in some ways, research shows that 46% of New Year’s resolutions fail.

Why do so many resolutions fail? There’s a bunch of reasons, but what I’ve seen primarily is that the goals are not realistic. Some are too strict, with people saying they’re not going to touch a single unhealthy food for the entire year. Others are too big, like losing 30 pounds in 30 days or taking in only juice for the entire month of January. The takeaway here is that any eating plan, regarding the time of year, needs to be sustainable and realistic if you’re going to stick to it. Otherwise, you are just setting yourself up to fail!

So the big question is, how do you make your resolution successful? Not only does it need to be realistic, but even more importantly, it also needs to target the true issues that cause us to overeat and be unhealthy. That’s why I’m recommending that you ditch the fad diets in 2019 (and for good) and instead, go low sugar in 2019!

It’s not a secret that sugar is in everything and the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you want. Too much sugar can affect your waistline, increase your risk of diseases, cause premature aging, and more. And if you’ve had sugar hangovers, you know it’s not something you want to experience again!  

Going low sugar can be overwhelming, and it’s extra-difficult when you add in the pressure of unrealistic New Year’s resolutions to it. So here are my simple and realistic tips to making 2019 the start of your low-sugar lifestyle:

  1. Chose unsweetened or plain. Whenever possible, opt for unsweetened or plain flavored choices. Think unsweetened tea, plain yogurt, and unflavored coffee beverages.
  2. Read the ingredients. Make sure sugar isn’t hidden in things that don’t need to be sweetened! Sugar often sneaks into salad dressings, tomato sauces, whole-grain breads and more.
  3. Watch out for tricks. Just because something says it’s low sugar or sugar free doesn’t mean it actually is. Read the nutrition label and watch out for artificial sugars, which are just as bad as the real thing.
  4. Indulge intentionally. Going low-sugar doesn’t mean there’s no dessert in your future! It’s ok to make a conscious choice to indulge when you want to—life is too short to skip dessert all the time. Just watch the portion size for sweets and make sure to that most of your food choices are low in sugar.
  5. Be prepared. Sugar cravings can occur anytime, so having Sweet Defeat with you as your secret weapon is a great way to stay in charge of your sugar intake in 2019! Use a Sweet Defeat after meals and when sugar cravings tend to hit for you—being proactive is the best way to reach your low-sugar goals!

Think you’re up for a healthier and sweeter but low-sugar 2019? Join me in the 30-Day Sugar Reset, which includes a private Facebook group, where you’ll have the support of the Sweet Defeat team plus all our low-sugar friends in the community to help you reach your goals!