If you’re looking to cut sugar from your diet, here’s 7 simple tips to help!
There’s been more and more research recently showing that the fat in your diet might not be making you fat, but sugar could be!
Shocking! But, we already knew sugar wasn’t the best for us and can cause plenty of health related issues like diabetes and heart disease.
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Stop eating processed foods.
I know, I know. They’re super convenient. That’s why we eat them.
But did you know that processed foods have some the highest amounts of sugar in them?!
The first thing that comes to mind is ready made spaghetti sauce. Just a half cup of Prego’s Traditional sauce has a whopping 9 grams of sugar in it. That’s a TON, especially since the recommended daily value for women is only 25 grams.
And I mean, who only eats a half cup of sauce on their spaghetti?
Instead, try my recipe here for home made spaghetti sauce! It’s super easy and has no added sugar (other than what’s naturally in tomatoes).
Don’t eat flavored yogurts.
While we’re on the topic of processed foods I wanted to touch base on yogurts.
Yogurt is amazing for you and full of probiotics, but the flavored ones are also PACKED FULL of sugar.
Read your labels, and opt for a full fat version of greek yogurt to get the maximum yogurt benefits with the least amount of sugar.
If you don’t like the taste of greek yogurt, read my next tip!
Cut sugar and choose better sweeteners.
While the body will always recognize sugar as sugar, no matter where it comes from, some are still better than others.
Pure white sugar has next to no nutrients in it.
When you need something sweet, opt for a whole sugar like coconut sugar, which has small amounts of vitamins and minerals. Stevia is also a great all natural (and low calorie option).
Referring to doctoring up greek yogurt that I mentioned earlier, fruits make excellent sweeteners too. Top your plain greek yogurt with some fresh chopped apples and cinnamon, or a cup full of berries and a drizzle of honey for a lightly sweetened and nutrient packed snack.
Read all of your food labels.
Not all processed foods are created equal. Some are better than others and some are worse, but the only way to know is to read!
Definitely read the sugar content on the nutrition panel, but also make sure to read through the ingredients too. And make sure you’re checking for all of those sneaky names they use to disguise sugar!
Try to opt for brands that have the lowest amount of sugar, and make sure to pay attention to serving sizes!
Cut out soda from your diet or switch to a healthier one.
Soda is probably the biggest source of sugar in most people diets. A regular can of soda typically has over 30g of sugar in the one can!
That’s way over the recommended daily sugar consumption in one drink! Not worth it.
Try switching to a naturally sweetened soda like Zevia which uses stevia to sweeten. Or, just cut the sweeteners all together and switch to water full time.
If you need something bubbly, I actually started to enjoy the taste of LaCroix after I cut sugar from my diet. There isn’t a ton of flavor there, but enough to curb my soda cravings!
Don’t keep snacks in the house.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Keeping your pantry or freezer full of sweet snacks means you’re eventually going to cave and eat them.
My simple solution was to stop buying them! Of course, I still have a treat now and again, but I make sure I buy a reasonable amount and don’t keep stock piles around.
I took a while to get my husband on board, but even he keeps them out of the house now and we’ve both cut waaaaaayyyy back on our sugar consumption because of this.
If you just have to have something sweet around and need a snack daily, you can grab one of these timed lock boxes and set it to only open once per day to help limit snacking out of boredom.
Eat more whole foods.
What does whole foods mean anyway?
It means, the whole food. Things you can buy in one piece.
Whole fruits, whole vegetables, whole cuts of meat. You get the idea.
Buying pre-cut, pre-packaged foods and ground meats means that you’re getting something that typically is full of preservatives (and sugar)!
The only way to know what’s truly going into your food is to buy the whole product and do the chopping/cooking/processing yourself. Whole food is more work, but it’s so worth it when you realize how much better you feel after ditching the other stuff.
If you’re trying to cut back on your sugar intake, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices. I hope this list of 7 ways to help reduce your sugar intake is helpful!
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