Most of us know the disastrous side effects of having too much sugar in our diet – risk of diabetes, weight gain, causes teeth to rot, high blood pressure, the list goes on…
BUT, while we know all of this, the fact remains, it can be tricky to give up the sweet white stuff.
So we’ve put together a guide on how to eradicate sugar from your lives FOR GOOD.
5 ways to start deleting sugar…
1. Take it slow
Start slowly and methodically to avoid the pain of ‘detoxing’ and cravings
Taking each step a week or two weeks at a time. The slower you do it the more likely the change will stick.
“Your perception of sweetness can be changed slowly over time and therefore you can reduce the amount of sugar or sweetness of a food and it will still taste as sweet,” says nutritionist Amanda de Santos.
2. Try low sugar options
Swap everyday foods such as drinks, cereal and bread for low sugar options.
“Juice and fizzy drinks are notoriously high in sugar. Water, milk and the occasional diluted juice will keep kids hydrated,” she says.
“Breakfast cereal is another meal with sugar overload – try adding cinnamon and or a little maple syrup to low-sugar (not roasted) muesli. Lastly, check the ingredients list on the bread you buy as that can catch you out.”
3. Get rid of the junk food
“Remove all food we see as ‘sometimes’ foods,” says Amanda. “The typical sweet foods first, like lollies, soft drinks etc.”
4. Make your own sauces
Instead of buying pre-made sauces, which is laced with sugar, make your own.
‘Remove the processed and packaged foods like sauces and bars from your cupboards. Make your own at home – look up recipes which can substitute some of these items using less sugar or even fruit as a replacement’.
So instead of buying a shop bought pasta sauce, why not make your own? Check our healthy tomato recipe here.
5. Be prepared
Prep prep prep and plan plan plan so that you don’t fall into any traps or tricky situations.
“Set yourself up to be successful,” says Amanda. “Opening the fridge door do pre-peeled carrot sticks, sliced red pepper and apple means you’re more likely to grab a healthy snack, and give this to your children, rather than reach for a sugar and carb loaded biscuit.
“Planning meals ahead, shopping ahead and only having healthy food in the house means you really can’t go wrong.”
If you’re looking to detox and shred after Christmas, then sign up to our January 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
This Challenge theme is all about blasting away the extra weight and detoxing over the Christmas period.