My name is Heather and I’m a recovering sugar junkie. Baked goods and chocolate have always been my weakness and as a teenager and into my early 20’s these things were a regular part of my diet. As I became more aware of the negative health effects sugar can have I realized I needed to cut back.
Oh and after the age of 25 I could no longer eat a box of Timbits without gaining an ounce – so there’s that too… Over the past few years I’ve really been able to reign in my cravings and consume way less sugar. Below are just a few things to try that can really help you reduce your sugar intake on a day to day basis.
1. Don’t buy processed foods
There are plenty of reasons to cut processed foods out of your diet but their typically high sugar content is one of them. Anything that comes pre-packaged or in a box will most likely come with multiple types of added sugar – check those labels, you may be surprised!
2. Make your own dressings, dips & sauces
Store bought versions are almost always loaded with added sugars and sodium to boot. Take the time and learn to read your labels or skip the hassle and make your own! For some easy recipe ideas check out my Ebook HERE
3. Avoid flavored yogurt
All yogurts – dairy, soy, greek – are loaded with plenty of health benefits. The flavored versions, however, include way more sugar and unnatural ingredients. So sticking to plain yogurt is key.
4. Keep it out of your home
Out of reach out of mind. I no longer buy any sugary treats to have in the home. If I do, they are only for special occasions and only contain a single serving so that once it’s gone, it’s gone – no leftovers for me to crawl out of bed and snack on in the middle of the night lol
5. Cut out sodas
Did you know that one can of cola contains 35g of sugar!!!? If that alone isn’t enough to get you to stop drinking it, think about some of it’s nasty side effects such as higher blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Fresh pressed veggie juices and naturally flavored water are always a safe bet when it comes to low sugar beverages.
6. Fight cravings with organic fruits
When the cravings persist and you just need a sweet fix reaching for naturally sweet, whole foods is your best option. Small amounts of fruits with lower sugar content can do the trick. Raspberries, cranberries, kiwi, blackberries and strawberries all have less than 7g of sugar per cup.
Completely cutting sugar out of your diet can be tough and can take some time and commitment. Start with these small steps and begin to reduce your daily intake. You will begin to notice that the cravings become less frequent and the desire for sweet foods will begin to fade. If I can do it, I know you can too 😉