Reducing Sugar: The Benefits & Action Plan
Unless you’ve been living in a cave the last 12 months, the latest ‘diet’ craze is all about cutting out sugar. But unlike actual dieting fads, this one has major health benefits. And in today’s sugar-fuelled world, cutting out the white stuff isn’t such a bad idea.
Sugar is everywhere. In cereals, breads, processed food, sauces, drinks, chocolate, deserts and of course sweets. So it’s hard for us to get away from it.
But what’s this sugar curbing all about – what’s so bad about having too much?
Most of us think of rotten teeth as a bad side-effect of over-doing it on sugar. But in fact that’s the least of our concerns.
Diabetes has more than doubled in the last 30 years, and that pace is accelerating all the time.
Not only that but heart disease, obesity, depression, high blood pressure and more are on the rise. Again, all caused by our increasing levels of sugar in the everyday food and drink we consume.
So cutting it out, or at least being more conscious of how much sugar is in the food and drinks we enjoy and reducing it, can lead to …
- Feeling happier
- Reduced mood swings
- Losing weight
- Higher energy levels
Not to mention the internal health benefits.
What’s not to like about that!
Of course removing sugar from your diet is a process, and it’s not one that needs to be done ‘cold-turkey’ if that fills you with dread. Making little steps on a daily basis to stop sugar taking over your life, really are pretty simple to do.
- Get rid of all biscuits, sweets, chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks and fruit juice
- Stop buying processed or ready-made food, and throw any you already have out of your fridge or freezer
- No white rice, bread flour or pasta for dinner. Instead opt for brown rice, spelt or wholewheat bread
- Stop buying low-fat versions of yogurt or butter – buy the full fat. Yes! Low fat options are just riddled with sugar to make them taste better when the fat is removed
- Cook from scratch – this doesn’t have to be complicated recipes, simple vegetables and fish are healthy and satisfying
Then take it step by step, day by day.
Stop and think about what you’re buying. Read the labels of products to see what sugars they contain.
Common sweeteners that aren’t good for you are: fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, malt syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, cane juice, corn syrup solids, malt syrup, amongst others.
If you must add some sweetener to your food, say if you’re making a cake as a treat, try using raw honey instead.
So what are you waiting for?
Cut sugar from your life today to feel energised and glow!