How to Cut Sugar from Your Diet

Newsflash! If you didn’t know already, sugar is bad for your health.

 

Check out the 141 reasons sugar ruins your health. Reading it just gives me the jitters but the sad thing is, I like sugar. I ahve a sweet tooth. I don’t crave chips and can go days without any salty food but I simply must have something sweet everyday. It’s worse than crack! Super addictive, it’s terribly hard to wean off it.

After watching the video at the end of the post, I decided to make a list of how to cut sugar from your diet:

1) Cut out your intake of sugary drinks.
Sodas and flavored drinks contain more sugar than you think! Even flavored water. Your best bet? Stick to good old plain water.  For further convincing , read this : 5 great reasons to kick your soda habit
what it will do to you
what it will do to you… Kidding!
2) Beware of sugar lurking in foods that seem unlikely to contain sugar. See the 6 surprising foods that contain sugar. Yes you might be cutting out on the obvious stuff like chocolates, candy, biscuits but sugar gives a lot of flavor to sauces, breads and even fat free foods to make up for the lack of fat used.
The WHO’s 10 per cent free sugar recommendation adds up to approximately 12 teaspoons of a sugar a day based on an average 2000-calorie diet
3) As mentioned above, beware of so called healthy foods.  Like low fat or fat free muesli bars. Eliminate these, you are better of making your own. Eat fruits if you are craving something sweet or choose ones with ingredients that you understand. 
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4) Eliminate everything sweet in your kitchen larders. If you are like me, I lose self control more often at home while outside. I would so very often raid the cupboards to find something sweet to eat. 
So the saying out of sight, out of mind is very true in this instance. Be good and follow. 
Yes trash it, even if its half open. I know what you are thinking, such a waste.. it would be a further waste to see all that going to your waist. Pun intended.
healthy fridge
5) Lastly, it’s really about self control. If you don’t have one, best not to open that packet and think you are going to have just a bite. You WILL eat everything. Why go down that road when its best to avoid it altogether which will bring you back to No.4. 
eat slowly
Eat slowly
So, I hope my list helps me as much as it does you. No. 5 is especially hard for me as I love to bake as well.

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4 thoughts on “How to Cut Sugar from Your Diet”

  1. I quit drinking soda years ago exactly for that reason – a disgusting amount of sugar! High Fructose Corn Syrup is the enemy. The thing is, I used to drink Mountain dew pretty much every day in high school and college…didn’t think anything of it. I tried a sip of it about a year ago after giving it up for years, and it tasted awful.

    We enjoy sugars, fatty, greasy foods because we have acquired a taste for those items. It works the same way with fruits and veggies. We can learn how to enjoy them as well! I love that pic of the sugar examples – may have to borrow that!

    1. offshewent says:

      Yes, I am weaning off sugary stuff slowly, Hard work as I love to bake so I am looking for healthier options. Feel free to share if you have any recipes I can try out!

  2. I highly suggest my favorite healthy dessert blog on the internet. It is full of all sorts of dessert recipes that are healthy! http://www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com Let me know what you think! 🙂

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