?The best foods to help you quit sugar... all starting with C

Apr 1, 2014 at 3:00 a.m. ET

High-protein or high-fat foods help fight sugar cravings, and the best ones start with the letter C.

When I first quit sugar I found that there were certain foods that helped me get though the first eight weeks. These were high-protein or high-fat foods, or foods that picked me up in some way. Funnily enough, they all happened to start with "C."

raw cocoa

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You can buy raw cacao nibs at health food shops. They’re pure, raw cocoa, an amazing antioxidant that gives you an intense chocolate hit.


Oh yes, Chai tea. The ritual of heating the milk and adding cardamom, cinnamon bark, ginger and licorice, then pouring cup after cup into a nice glass makes for very happy times.


Add these little protein-rich seeds to a smoothie or your yogurt in the morning. Mix them through your cereal (try my coco-nutty granola) or sprinkle them over a salad. They fill you up and do wonders for your digestion.


Put a few slices of halloumi in a sandwich press, under the grill or in a pan and eat as an afternoon snack. Or wrap a slice of cheese around a slice of red capsicum.


I keep a bag of shaved chicken or turkey (from the deli at the supermarket) in the fridge and grab a small handful when my energy slumps a few hours before dinner.


I sprinkle the powder on a variety of foods, like yogurt. I’m also adding cinnamon nibs to my tea. It’s great for reducing inflammation, too (for anyone else with autoimmune issues).

Coconut oil

Very sweet. Add coconut oil to smoothies or cook with it (fry some pumpkin in it; it’s sublime!). Or just scoop a tablespoon of it straight from the jar. I do.

Coconut water

This stuff is sweet but contains low-to-negligible fructose. It halts sugar cravings in their tracks. The whole baby coconut is best (eat the flesh from it too!) but the packaged varieties are also good.


After I quit sugar I was able to drink coffee again. I’d gone off it for three years because it got my heartbeat too racy. Now I metabolize it just fine. On days I’m missing sweetness in my life I have it with milk. The lactose is lusciously satisfying. (A little tip: if you drink your coffee with sugar, try it with stevia. A lot of cafes now provide stevia sachets instead of the nastier fake sugars.)

This article was adapted from Sarah Wilson's Australian best-seller, I Quit Sugar now available for pre-order in the USA. Order before April 8th to get a bonus sugar-free cocktail cookbook!