7 Tips To Improve Health By Eating Less Sugar
Are you still recovering from Easter/Mother’s Day/B-Day… “Sugar Highs” and trying to get back on track with a healthier approach to eating?
Over the past few decades, we’ve seen an onslaught of sugary products on the grocery store shelves with fiber frequently falling into the background. This is a deadly combination, especially if you’re trying to adopt habits to improve your health and boost longevity.
But not to despair -there’s good news after all!
It is never too late to take control of your health by eliminating or greatly reducing the amount of added sugar in your daily diet.
However, it is a tough habit to break, no matter how determined you might be to get sugar under control. Here are some helpful hints to use in your battle against excessive sugar in your diet:
- Make it a habit to drink plain water versus sugary sodas, sports drinks, or energy drinks. There are many benefits of drinking lots of water during the day, and water is calorie and sugar free.
- Load up on healthy snacks that quench your sweet tooth, like strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or apples. Sugar that is naturally occurring in fruit is not bad for us.
- Learn how to spot all the various names for sweeteners on food packaging and limit your intake to no more than 25 grams of sugar per day. Any ingredients that end in “ose” are code for chemical sweeteners, such as dextrose, glucose, maltose, and fructose.
- Limit all simple carbohydrates in your diet, including baked goods. Eat whole grains, sprouted grain breads and brown rice instead of white rice and potatoes that immediately convert to sugar in the bloodstream.
- Beware of foods labeled non-fat or fat-free. Fat is often replaced with sugars, resulting in a high calorie count.
- Instead of drinking fruit juice, just eat the fruit itself and gain the benefit of fiber. It’s best to buy fresh, but if you do buy canned fruit, make sure it’s packed in its own juice (not syrup) and buy only unsweetened applesauce. You can also infuse filtered water with sliced citrus, cucumbers, herbs, berries or any fresh fruit to make your water more interesting.
- To help slow down the release of glucose in your system, as well as keep you feeling full, eat more lean protein, such as turkey and fish, and healthy fats, like avocado, nuts, and seeds. This will help reduce sugar cravings.
With so much evidence of the dangers sugar poses to our health and well-being, isn’t it time to rein in your sugar consumption?
Boost your overall health, lose some pounds, and just feel better by making some simple changes in your eating habits.
Are you interested in kicking sugar for good or developing your own personalized wellness plan? Get in touch with me! Comment on this post or email me: SolCoach@MarisolBallaro.com to set up your complimentary discover session.
Yours in health,