So, you don’t drink soft drinks and avoid chocolate when possible? Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’re not still accidentally taking in too much sugar. Not only is sugar in obvious places, like cakes and slices, but it’s also more discreetly in products like bread, salad dressing, orange juice, smoothies and yogurt.
1. Consciously make your decision - and ease yourself into it
A good way to make sure you don’t bail on your sugar diet during week two is to take it slowly—switch the sugar in your coffee for honey at first—and make sure you’re educated. Find out how bad sugar really is for your health, and believe us, you won’t want that caramel slice, after all.
2. Look for sneaky aliases
To trick you into eating sugar, companies use aliases such as: Barley malt, buttered syrup, corn syrup, maltose, fructose, dextrose, molasses, agave, brown rice syrup, cane sugar, cane syrup, and evaporated cane juice. Do not let yourself be fooled.
3. Drink water, and lots of it
Soft drinks are one of the biggest sources of sugar. Just one can of Coke has seven teaspoons in it! Can you imagine ordering your morning coffee and then adding seven teaspoons of sugar? We really hope not. Stick to water as much as possible; your body and skin will thank you for it.
4. Get creative
Ingredients such as cinnamon or vanilla extract added to coffee, cereal and baking will give you a sweet taste, minus the sugar.
5. There’s nothing a cup of tea can’t fix
Next time you’re close to relapsing, make yourself a cup of herbal tea. Cinnamon, chai, peppermint and blackcurrant are all good flavours to curb your craving.
6. Buy unsweetened
Always remember to look for the ‘unsweetened’ and ‘no added sugar’ version of almond milk, nut butter or canned fruit. You’re saving calories and won’t even notice the difference.
7. Watch out for dried fruit
To help increase shelf life and improve flavour, companies often add sugar to their dried fruit. Stay on the safe side — get the raw stuff.
8. Change habits you associate with eating sugar
Yes, we’re talking about your Friday movie night, which is code for: binge eating chocolate, chips, biscuits and popcorn until you pass out. No, we’re not telling you to give up watching movies altogether, just replace your bad snacks with veggies and hummus or nuts.
9. Pile protein and healthy fats onto your plate
Ditching sugar is the perfect excuse to indulge in more healthy fats, such as nuts, avocado and dairy, and lean protein such as eggs and legumes. Both keep you feeling full and energised and actually help you to not crave sugar.
10. Spring clean your cupboard
There’s no way you’re going to be able to curb those cravings if there’s a chocolate bar screaming your name from the pantry. Get rid of all of your sweet treats so the temptation isn’t there. Trust us, you’re a lot less likely to get in your car and drive to the supermarket for an ice-cream than eat the one that’s in your freezer.
This story was first published on ELLE.com.au.
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