Are you still recovering from the Summer parties, BBQs and holidays full of sweet treats and sugar laden foods (that you may not even realize had sugar) and trying to get back on track with a healthier approach to eating in Fall 2017?
Over the past few decades, we’ve seen an onslaught of sugary products on the grocery store shelves with fiber frequently falling into the background. This is a deadly combination, especially if you’re trying to adopt habits to improve your health and boost longevity.
But not to despair – there’s good news after all! It is never too late to take control of your health by eliminating or greatly reducing the amount of added sugar in your daily diet. However, it is a tough habit to break, no matter how determined you might be to get sugar under control.
Here are some helpful hints to use in your battle against excessive sugar in your diet:
Make it a habit to drink plain water versus sugary sodas, sports drinks, or energy drinks. There are many benefits of drinking lots of water during the day, and water is calorie and sugar free.
Load up on healthy snacks that quench your sweet tooth, like strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or apples. Sugar that is naturally occurring in fruit is not bad for us.
Learn how to spot all the various names for sweeteners on food packaging and limit your intake to no more than 25 grams of sugar per day. Any ingredients that end in “ose” are code for chemical sweeteners, such as dextrose, glucose, maltose, and fructose.
Limit all simple carbohydrates in your diet, including baked goods. Select cereals with no added sugar, and top it with fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. Eat whole grain breads and brown rice instead of white rice and potatoes that immediately convert to sugar in the bloodstream.
Beware of foods labeled non-fat or fat-free. Fat is often replaced with sugars, resulting in a high calorie count.
If drinking fruit juice, be sure it is 100% fruit juice with no added sugars. Better yet, just eat the fruit itself and gain the benefit of fiber. It’s best to buy fresh, but if you do buy canned fruit, make sure it’s packed in its own juice (not syrup) and buy only unsweetened applesauce.
To help slow down the release of glucose in your system, as well as keep you feeling full, eat more lean protein, such as turkey and fish, and healthy fats, like avocado, nuts, and seeds. This will help reduce sugar cravings.
With so much evidence of the dangers sugar poses to our health and wellbeing, isn’t it time to rein in your sugar consumption? Boost your overall health, lose some pounds, and just feel better by making this one simple change in your eating habits.
Easier said than done? I hear ya! Coming soon my company, Whole Body Health Coaching, LLC is launching our new Sugar Repair, an Online Sugar Detox Group Program!
And don’t forget to GET OUT THERE GORGEOUS!