- First of all, small steps – there is no point to suddenly cut down all sugar from your diet. Your body is addicted to it. It is essential to slowly reduce intake of sugar.
- Drink plenty of water – if you can’t drink plain water, add piece of fruit like lemon or strawberry.
- Don’t buy sweets, candies or chocolate bars (yes… even Peanut Butter KitKat).
- If you are carving something sweet, eat dark chocolate, fruits or nuts.
- Avoid ready-made food – always try to make your meal from scratch – at least you know what you eat.
- Always read nutrition labels to help you pick the foods with less added sugar, or go for the low-sugar version.
- Eat regularly every 3-4 hours – longer break cause drop of blood sugar level and your body has cravings for something sweet or fat (simply your body looking for a quick source of energy)
- Do not buy sugary fruit juices – make your own juice from fresh fruits and vegetables at home – delicious (homemade juices and smoothies recipes in the near future).
- Do not add sugar to your tea or coffee – try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to your cappuccino – cinnamon helps stabilise blood sugar levels and adds flavour without the sweetness.
- Swap ice-creams for frozen fruit sorbets.
- Use sugar alternatives like honey, agave syrup, Stevia or Xylitol (more details in the next post).
- Choose natural yogurt and add fresh fruits and homemade granola.
- Reduce stress – with excessive stress, our brain produces cortisol, which increases the body’s need for sugar.
- Remember to get enough sleep, so you supply your body with a sufficient dose of energy.
- And finally… start moving – already 15 minutes walk gets rid of the temptation to reach for sweets.
What are you doing to reduce sugar in your diet?