Getting rid of added sugars and process carbohydrates from your diet can be extremely beneficial to your blood sugar levels and waist line. ItS very difficult to simply cut everything out when you are always tempted with sweet drinks and snacks. When cutting back from your sweet tooth, take baby steps and wean yourself from the all the ADDED sugars in your diet. Here are a few simple tips to help you during your process.
1. TAKE FEWER LUMPS
If you are one to basically use tons of sugar in your coffee or tea set goals on just limiting yourself on how much sugar you put in your drinks. Also make sure that you opt for water instead of any type of sugary drink. ( YES that includes fruit juice) which is loaded with sugar. Drink more water !! Another great way to add flavor to your water is by infusing it. I like to insfuse icecubes with fruit and then add it to my water. Its fun and a cute way to make your water a little bit sweet and make it look nice too!
2. KNOW YOUR FOOD:
Do you read labels? If you don’t, try looking at the label next time you buy a drink. You will notice the grams of sugar each serving contains. Watch out for the serving size!. A lot of times a can of drink will have 2 or 3 servings in one container. So know how many servings you are actually consuming!
Also you will be surprised as to how much sugar is in the foods that you think don’t even have that much sugar! My mom said to me once “ well Mina, it doesn’t taste really sweet so it doesn’t contain a lot of sugar” This is where you really can’t depend on your taste buds. You have to look at that label and see how much sugar is in the product. Those sneaky sugars are everywhere even if it doesn’t taste sweet!
3. SWAP THE STORE BOUGHT TREAT FOR A HOMEMADE VERSION.
Love those brownies, cookies, and sweet treats in the sweet isle at the grocery store? Well those treats are not only full of chemicals, but are also loaded with sugar. Instead of buying it from the store, opt for a cleaner and less sugary recipy for the same thing. There are tons of different recepies online that offer versions on your favorite snack using splenda, stevia and coconut flour for those who prefer a gluten free and sugar free version, and also save you those extra calories!
4. OPT FOR LESS SUGARY FRUITS.
Just because it’s a fruit doesn’t mean that its not high in sugar. Yes it’s a natural sugar, but sugar is sugar. Bananna for example are super high in sugar at about 14g for a medium size and about 27g of carbohydrates! Another thing that is super high in sugar is dry fruit. When looking for a fruit snack, opt for berries. Blueberries, raspberries and even fruits like grapefruit are way less sugary and are potent in antioxidants! If you love dry fruit and cant live without it, look at the label. There are a lot of natural organic options that aren’t loaded with extra sugars.
5. MEAL PREP
A lot of times sugar is sneaked in our daily intake by snacking and mindless eating, make sure that your meals are prepared so that you are always full and keep you going through out your day.
6. WATCH OUT FOR THAT MORNING SMOOTHIE
Do you make smoothies in the morning? A lot of “ Green smoothies” call for a lot of fruits so that it doesn’t just taste like grass and to make the consistency thicker and smoothie like. Make sure you are smart about your fruits going into the smoothie and instead of using regular yogurt and bananas, use a healthy protein powder and dates or honey along with the veggies for a healthy high protein morning breakfast!
7. MIX AND MATCH
Cant live without a sugary snack? Mix and match your snack with fruit, nuts and baby chocolate chips for a great tasting and fulfilling snack without sacrificing the sugary cravings.