How to cut back on sugar

Posted on February 1st, 2015

After my previous post featuring an article discussing the adverse effects of sugar, I realised that I haven’t ever written a post that gives hands on advice on how to cut back on or cut out sugar. I hope my previous post  stirred something inside of you to stop eating the poison that is sugar. If so, here is some practical advice on how to go about it.

The unfortunate reality is that we are all addicted to sugar. This is because manufacturers put sugar in just about every product you would buy off the shelves of your local supermarket. The fact that sugar is in just about everything we eat makes it a very difficult thing to cut out but it’s definitely not impossible.

The first step is to cut out the obvious things. Stop eating the cakes, sweets, chocolates and don’t get me started on cool drinks! These foods are easily identifiable as foods containing sugar. I used to have such a sweet tooth and couldn’t resist a little (or not so little) treat. My best tip for when it comes to dessert? As everyone begins tucking into that delicious slice of chocolate cake or ice cream, make sure you’re consuming something at the same time. Whether it be drinking a cup of tea sweetened with honey or munching a juicy fruit, if you’re eating something just as delicious it makes it a lot easier to say no to the pudding.

Whenever you’re hit with a craving for a piece of chocolate or a scoop of ice cream rather look to other desserts that are quick and easy but perfectly healthy. Click on these links for some of my personal favourites: Berry ice cream, peanut butter ice cream, chocolate cake, honey and cinnamon frozen yogurt, banana and oat biscuits, lemon polenta cake, banana muffins, panna cotta or peanut butter bars. Why not make one of these desserts next time you’re hosting? They may be free from sugar but that doesn’t mean they aren’t absolutely divine! They will be a sure hit with your guests.

The next step is to start cutting out the hidden sugars. This is the sugar found in products such as cereals, sweetened yogurt, tomato sauce, mayonnaise, fruit juice and jam. Something to remember when it comes to sugar: the more processed the product is, the more sugar it is likely to contain. Try to eat foods that are as natural as possible.

The truth is that the less sugar you eat, the less addicted you become and the less you crave sugar. 015

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