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My 15 tips to cut down on sugar

  1. 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.
  2. Drink plenty of water – if you can’t drink plain water, add piece of fruit like lemon or strawberry.
  3. Don’t buy sweets, candies or chocolate bars (yes… even Peanut Butter KitKat).
  4. If you are carving something sweet, eat dark chocolate, fruits or nuts.
  5. Avoid ready-made food – always try to make your meal from scratch – at least you know what you eat.
  6. Always read nutrition labels to help you pick the foods with less added sugar, or go for the low-sugar version.
  7. 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)
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. Swap ice-creams for frozen fruit sorbets.
  11. Use sugar alternatives like honey, agave syrup, Stevia or Xylitol (more details in the next post).
  12. Choose natural yogurt and add fresh fruits and homemade granola.
  13. Reduce stress – with excessive stress, our brain produces cortisol, which increases the body’s need for sugar.
  14. Remember to get enough sleep, so you supply your body with a sufficient dose of energy.
  15. And finally… start moving – already 15 minutes walk gets rid of the temptation to reach for sweets.

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What are you doing to reduce sugar in your diet?

 

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