Having launched my new facebook group 'Low sugar life' last month, i thought a not-so-sweet blog was in order...
Eating too much sugar is a terrible thing for your body, even if you're not medically advised to watch the levels you consume. We all know, really, that it has been shown to contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and tooth decay. It can have so many negative effects on your health, so I'm going to who you ten simple ways you can eat less sugar.
While sugar is naturally found in foods like fruits and vegetables, this type has a small effect on your blood sugar and is considered healthier than refined sugar. The danger is from added sugars in processed foods.
Here are my top tips that work for me!
1. Cut back on fizzy drinks. Try water (free and zero calories!), tea infusions, coffee, tea, water with lemon, lime or cucumber, tonic water, sparkling water...
Doesn't this tonic and lemon look inviting???
2. Avoid sugar-loaded desserts. Fresh fruit, natural yoghurt, baked fruit with cream, dark chocolate and dried fruit all give you a little healthier sugary boost.
3. Eat full-fat foods. We've kind of been conditioned to choose low fat options, and it's so easy to reach for these on the shelf when you're trying to lose weight, in particular. However, be warned, is they usually contain more sugar and often more calories than the full fat versions.
4. Eat whole foods - not processed or containing any additives. Cooking from scratch is a good way to avoid processed foods.
5. Be wary of 'healthy' snacks - those packed with dried fruit are often high in sugar, more than some chocolate bars even. For example, a strawberry Nutrigrain bar contains 12g of sugar in a 37g bar. That's 1/3 sugar, and six times the 5% I aim for myself when choosing low sugar snacks!
6. Don't default to cereal in the mornings - they are often packed with sugar. Stick to fruit, yoghurt, pancakes (with no sugary toppings!), eggs, ham and cheese... I also love mashing a banana, mixing it with two beaten eggs and frying it like a pancake.
7. Eat more protein (e.g. eggs, meat, nuts). This will satisfy cravings and help you feel more full.
8. Don't keep sugary things in the house! Simple, but effective - out of sight, out of mind.
9. Try making your own bread. You'll need to be around to knead, prove, bake when needed, but as a lot of us are working from home more now, it's possible, and a better option of some of the sugar packed loaves in the stores.
10. Enjoy cake as a treat - everything in moderation! - but consider eating bakes with 'healthier' sugars in the ingredients. Fresh fruit, sweeteners, dried fruit and coconut sugar are great ways to boost the taste.
Read more about how to manage your sugar and avoid unnecessary health problems here, on the trusty NHS website. I am not a medic or a dietician, so please seek professional advice - this is just my experience.
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