Brown sugar, white sugar, raw sugar, icing sugar, castor sugar and even coconut sugar are just a few of the varieties you will find on the supermarket shelves today. Along with that we have rice syrup, golden syrup, molasses, malt, glucose and maple syrup. Don't be fooled by their description they are essentially the same thing and have the same impact. We all know that we are consuming way too much sugar and how that can have detrimental effects on our bodies. Sugar is hidden throughout all processed food and we can't always be sure that even sugar free foods are at all sugar free. Low fat foods are loaded with sugar to replace the flavour or make more palatable. My clients often ask what they can do to get rid of sugar cravings.
Our top tips include:
- Swap sugary sweet foods for foods high in good fats. Often low fat products are high in sugar and when eaten continue to wreak havoc on your cravings
- Eat something sour - an old wives' tale that may actually work, pickles, sauerkraut and olives come to mind
- Use herbal teas, there is so much variety in the marketplace you can find a tea that will satisfy the sweetness you are after with 0 calories
- Make your own protein balls that use natural sugars - you can monitor exactly how much goes in - I tend to halve what is recommended and taste it - you can always add more
- Use nuts, vegetable and savoury foods to satisfy. Broccoli, cucumbers, beans and celery will give you some crunch and keep you busy digesting your meal without added sugar
- Plan your food so there is food to satisfy you and you may not go looking for the sugar fix
- Don't put sugar loaded processed food into your trolley. It's not ok to buy this rubbish for your children either - I've used that excuse myself and then demolished it on the way home
- Sit and watch a documentary about sugar and its effects on our system and you will soon be convinced that many sugars are not good for us
- Write your top tip for avoiding sugar in the comment section and share it with other clients. The more we help each other, the stronger we will be.
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