If you want to quit sugar for good, then you need to read this post! I am sharing with you my 7 top tips for kicking your sugar habit.
Are you sick of getting uncontrollable cravings for the sweet stuff? Are you on a rollercoaster of energy, fuelling up on sugary treats and caffeine? Are you convincing yourself that your diet is healthy because you eat lots of fruit, drink fresh juices and only sweeten your food with honey and maple syrup? (it's all still sugar by the way!) Read on.
It's quite simple. In order to reduce the sheer volume of sugar you consume in a day, ditch the sugary drinks. I'm talking fizzy drinks, squashes, cordial, juice (yep, juice!), energy drinks. Anything with 'sugar' in its list of ingredients. Yes, water might be boring but you can jazz it up by infusing it with slices of lemon, lime or orange, and flavours such as ginger and mint leaves. Herbal teas are also fine.
If you're adding the white stuff by the spoonful to your tea, coffee, cereal, porridge, puddings, then stop! You might have to do this gradually with tea and coffee to become accustomed to the flavour - and whatever you do, do not be tempted to switch to artificial sweeteners as these still keep your taste buds accustomed to sweet flavours, and are frankly, toxic.
Use mashed banana or raspberries to sweeten your porridge. Frozen berries which have thawed add a lovely sweet flavour to breakfast. Bake with fruit such as apples, apricots and add cinnamon for spicy sweetness. Cinnamon is also great for managing your blood sugar, so is an excellent addition to your food.
NOT ALL FATS MAKE YOU FAT!!! I've been saying this for a long time, and it's just about creeping into the mainstream. Adding sources of healthyfats to your meals will keep you fuller for longer. Be sure to include avocados, eggs, coconut oil, butter, extra virgin olive oil, raw unsalted nuts and seeds, oily fish on a regular basis to ensure you're getting your fill of the good fats. Include a portion of healthy fats with every meal and snack to keep those blood sugar levels from skyrocketing and plummeting all day long.
So many meals and snacks are based around carbohydrates. These won't satiate you for very long. Including protein at every meal and snack will stabilise your blood sugar and help to avoid those cravings. In addition to the healthy fats mentioned above, make sure you include good quality (preferably organic, free range or grass-fed) chicken, beef, lamb, seafood, Greek/Natural yoghurt, lentils and beans.
This is something I have to tell my clients time and time again. If your cupboards are still loaded with chocolate, biscuits, sweeties, cakes, whatever, you are going to need an iron will not to eat what's in your cupboards, especially when you are tired and stressed. Get rid of them! Your body is not a bin, so chuck them all out!
If you're really struggling with a craving, do some exercise instead. Anything to take your mind off it. Star jumps, high legs, burpees, a run around the block. Do that, have a large glass of water, and wait for it to pass. And give yourself a big pat on the back for not succumbing.