Sugar is almost everywhere. It’s not only in our pastries and desserts, but it’s also in our coffee, in our soup, even in salad dressings! Many people are addicted to sugar and don’t realize it. They don’t think they eat a lot of sugar because they don’t eat a lot of candy, cakes, and pies, but the problem is that sugar is hidden in many foods, including breads, muffins, and even dried fruit.
Sugar robs the body of nutrition, creates an acidic environment in the body making it acceptable to diseases like heart disease, cancer. Sugar not only rots your teeth but it can cause fatty deposits to build up in your liver. When the liver is overloaded with sugar, it begins to expand, and the glycogen is released in the form of fatty acids. This fatty acid known as excess fat is then deposited into areas such as the belly, hips, thighs and your butt. It is the main cause of cellulite, body fat, and other metabolic issues.
Getting off of sugar will help you to ditch the afternoon energy crash, stabilize your blood sugar, look younger, and create a more alkaline environment that your body will thrive in.
So you can see why it would be important to kick sugar to the curb and swap it out for healthier alternatives.
Now, I’m not about deprivation. Not in the least. I like a sweet treat as much as the next person. But I make sure that what I’m eating isn’t going to negatively impact my health, so I make sure that any treats I’m eating are sweetened with a healthy sweetener, like honey or maple syrup, or natural sugar substitute, like stevia or xylitol.
Once you start switching to healthy sweeteners and low-sugar substitutes, you’ll notice that you have fewer and fewer cravings for sugar. You’ll also find that you’re tasting the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables without needing to put anything on top of them.
Try these tips to help reduce your sugar intake:
- Get rid of the obvious culprits like, sugary foods – candy, cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, and sodas and other refined, starchy carbohydrates
- Read Labels. Although you want to eat as many foods that don’t need labels, when you do be mindful the longer the list of ingredients, the more likely sugar is going to be included. Be sure to check the grams of sugar, choosing products with the least sugar per serving (a teaspoon of sugar is roughly equal to nearly 4 grams). Learn the hidden sugar terms like all natural sweeteners, agave, corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, honey, cane sugar, cane crystals, fruit juice concentrates, molasses, turbinado sugar and brown sugar.
- Enjoy low glycemic fruit as a snack when you feel the need for sweets
- Drink Plenty of water. Adding fruit to water can curb cravings and false sense of hunger.
- Incorporate more spices like cinnamon, Coriander, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom to sweeten your foods naturally and reduce cravings.
- Try Chromium / L-glutamine. Both are known to relieve sugar cravings as the brain uses it for fuel. Research has shown that chromium supplementation has the ability to even out blood sugar levels while enhancing the body’s fat-burning metabolism. as well as helpful in suppressing appetite and sugar cravings.
- Do a 3 Day Reset to cleanse your system.
- Eat more bitter foods. Bitter foods decrease your cravings.
By eliminating sweets and carbs, you will give your body a break from sugar. Your liver will have a greater ability to remove toxins, and releasing toxins, releases weight.
What tips will you swap out these week for a healthier, low-sugar or sugar-free alternative?
Until Next Time,