You might be wondering just why it makes sense to cut sugar out of your diet, so in this blog post I'm going to tell you exactly why you should, along with some easy and effective quick tips that will help you slash your sugar intake.
Too much sugar can have such a detrimental effect on your everyday life as well as your overall longterm health, so cutting down on can not only make you look and feel better, but it may help reduce the likelyhood of serious diseases further down the line.
With sugar lurking in just about everything we eat these days, it 's good to understand just how much you might be eating - often without even knowing it.
Sugar is added to nearly 75% of processed foods because food manufacturers know only too well sugar can make food taste better.
And the real shame is that it actually doesn’t need to be in there - foods can taste just as good without it, but unfortunately we have just become so accustomed to these sweet flavours.
Quitting sugar can have a really positive impact on your life including weight loss, increased energy and better skin.
There are literally so many benefits to kicking the sugar habit it’s one of the simplest yet most effective changes you can make to your diet.
You can read in detail about all of the health benefits of a sugar free diet in my blog 17 Amazing Things That Happen When You Stop eating Sugar.
The recommended daily amount of sugar is 25g (7 tsp) for a woman and 35g (9tsp) for a man, yet the average person is eating and drinking way more than this. Sugar hides everywhere, and you’d be surprised how quickly you can reach your daily limit without even knowing it - and that’s before we start tucking into the obvious things like chocolate bars!
Unfortunately, sugar is highly addictive and isn’t easy to give up. With tests proving that sugar can be addictive as cocaine, cutting down or quitting can be tricky if you are really hooked.
If you’d like to quit sugar completely you should sign up for my 21 Day Sugar Detox Program where I will give you all the tools you need to quit sugar for good, including guided meditation session, daily video tutorials, meal plans and a whole lot more.
And even if you aren’t ready to give up sugar for good, you can cut slash your sugar intake today by following these great tips.
1. CHANGE WHAT YOU DRINK
This is such an easy way to cut sugar from your life. You’d be amazed just how much sugar is consumed in liquid form, be it a can of coke, a cup of tea or a takeout coffee.
The average can of coke contains around 35g of sugar, which is the full daily recommended limit for an adult male, and 10g OVER the same limit for a woman. Fruit juices can be just as bad. An apple juice can contain the same amount of sugar as a can of coke.
So swap these sugary junk drinks for carbonated or still water, it may feel plain to begin with, but you'll soon get used to the ‘clean’ taste.
Cut down on your sugar in tea and coffee bit by bit, you may have a full sugar in your tea ‘out of habit’. Change that ‘habit’ to half a teaspoon. Just shake a little bit more off the spoon every day and make your new habit to be that little bit more healthy!
2. DON’T GET HUNGRY
This is the most dangerous time for a sugar addict! Make sure that you eat three healthy meals per day, plus healthy snacks mid morning and mid afternoon to make sure you don’t get hungry.
As soon as we get hungry, that’s the danger zone for making poor eating decisions, where we might just grab a quick fix that’s really not so good.
I have a list of handy, healthy snacks on my website. Try things like crunchy baked chickpeas, savoury popcorn, or even the overnight porridge. Having something like this to hand when ever you feel like a snack will keep you away from the sugar.
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