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25 Mar 2015

10 WAYS TO SLAY THE SUGAR MONSTER

Almost everyone can agree that sugar tastes pretty good. However, along with the fact that it makes foods taste tasty, you have to contend with the fact that it comes with large deposits of calories and is not good for your health. In fact, sugar is addictive, so that the more you eat, the more the body would like. This is why people can literally go through sugar withdrawal when they try to give it up.

Too much sugar and you may begin to notice that you’re feeling tired and perhaps even gain a few pounds. Therefore, it’s a great idea to cut down on sugar or completely eliminate it from your diet.  The following are the top 10 ways to slay the sugar monster.

1. Cut all beverages that have sugar

Soft drinks contain a lot of processed sugar. Avoiding them is a great way to cut sugar out of your diet. Avoid other beverages such as sweetened water, energy drinks, sweat tea, and fruit drinks.

2. Cut out junk food and foods that have hidden sugar

Most junk food contains some type of sugar and sugar can hide even in foods that aren’t sweet. Such junk foods fuel your sugar craving and can become a source of addiction. You can eliminate the sugar monster by avoiding foods such as chips, cake, candy bars, cookies, pastries, ice cream, and other processed foods that include sugar like ketchup, baked beans, and lunch meats. Make sure that these types of food find no space in your diet because if they do, they tend to fuel the vicious cycle.

3. Include omega diets

Vegan foods contain a lot of omega 3 and taking omega rich foods such as acai and walnuts is a major way of optimising the blood sugar and can prevent or reduce sugar cravings. It can also heal some inflammation caused by refined sugars. These foods tend to keep you full for long and therefore, you will not have the urge to reach for sugary foods.

4. Eat whole foods

Naturally, whole foods when compared to processed foods contain no sugar. Foods such as beans, whole grain, leafy greens, spices, and herbs come naturally as low glycemic. This will lessen the craving for sugary foods.

5. Replace refined sugar with natural sweeteners

Avoid using white sugar and high fructose corn syrups at home. After eliminating them, replace the white sugar with natural forms of sugar such as honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Stevia, and other natural sweeteners.

6. Be on the lookout for other names of sugar

When you’re purchasing foods, be sure to be on the lookout for sugar under other names, like corn syrup, fructose, glucose, dextrin, brown sugar, maple syrup, sucrose, and xylitol.

7. Watch out for sugar in breakfast cereals

There are many breakfast cereals that contain a lot of sugar, so choose wisely.  Even some of the so-called healthy cereals contain a good amount of sugar.  Look for cereals that have 8 grams of less of sugar per serving, or go with sugar free breakfast foods like good old-fashioned oatmeal and add some fresh fruit to it.

8. Fresh fruits

Many people will go for sweet things when they have the cravings. However, if you start having the cravings, make sure you eat fresh fruits. This means getting sugar from fresh sources, which is ideal. Sugars from fresh fruits contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water which are wonderful for your body. You can eat pears, oranges, berries, melons apples and bananas for starters.

9. Eat salads

Be sure to start eating plenty of fresh salads made up of greens, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and more. As you reduce sugar in your diet, add salads as often as you can to furnish your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs for optimal health.  

10. Educate yourself

You will be less likely to eat sugar when you learn how harmful it is to the body. Just as you are reading this article, educate yourself on the harmful effects of sugar and how you can really begin to optimise your health by eating healthy foods. 

Slaying the sugar monster may not be easy, but it is completely worth it. Give your body the treat it’s really after and make a promise to do The Sugar-Free ChallengeYou’ll feel so much better and your body will thank you for your efforts.