I realize that a sugar addiction is not on the same level as an alcohol or drug addiction, but the sad truth is we still have a big problem. If you bought it in a package, chances are it contains added sugar. Food that we have long assumed was healthy for us is now being altered for palatability by adding sweetener. If you want to decrease the amount of sugar you eat, it is no longer as simple as just cutting out candy. Today I want to go over some steps you can take to decrease your sugar intake and hopefully set you on the path to food freedom.
Increase Your Intake of Healthy Fat
When you are full and satisfied you are less likely to have cravings. Often, we cave in to a sugary treat because we have not eaten enough earlier in the day. Our bodies need calories for energy, if we do not eat enough calories we are going to crave fast sugar. Increasing your intake of fat to 20-30% or more of your daily intake has many health benefits, one of them being a better balance in blood sugar. This is easy to do by adding in foods such as nut butter, avocados and coconut oil.
Check Nutrition Labels
Chances are you are eating a lot more sugar than you are aware of. Always check the nutrition label for the amount of sugar per grams. One rule of thumb I follow is to not buy anything that has added sugar in it unless I’m having it as a treat. Not eating added sugar leaves you with only the naturally occurring sugar in your food. Many of our cereals, granola bars, snack packs, bread, crackers and yogurt cups contain added sugar. Even peanut butter can have added high-fructose corn syrup!
Make Water Your Liquid of Choice
Not only does water make up most of the human body, it also contains no calories and no sugar. You cannot go wrong when drinking water. If you find yourself digging through the fridge for a glass of juice or a can of pop, you should ask yourself a few questions. First, ask yourself if you had enough water for that day. Next, ask yourself if you’ve eaten enough for the day. Lacking in these areas may cause unnecessary sugar cravings. I also suggest giving up the diet soda, artificial sweeteners do nothing good for the body, they may be worse than sugar.
One Day at a Time
This isn’t going to happen over night but if you focus on one change at a time you will start to create habits. Look at food as delicious fuel for your body, some fuel is superior to others. Whenever possible, choose food that you know gives your body good fuel.
Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, says it well: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.” Follow these instructions most of the time and you will be building a good base.
Eat Your Veggies!
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