Quick Fix - How to Reduce Your Sugar Intake
So the summer holidays have set in and it makes me kind of want to do everything super quick so I can still get as much done even though the kids are around!
Which got me thinking about what we all need to do and how we can find some quick wins to get what we want as easily as possible.
So this is the first in the series of Quick Fix blogs….
There is always a story in the papers about how we should cut the sugar from our diets it’s a good story to bring out again and grab the headlines when other news is slow.
It kind of plays on our guilt, we all know we shouldn’t be eating so much chocolate and our daily latte would be better without the shot of syrup so it can get a bit annoying when the papers are full of another piece of research that has shown we are eating too much.
There are actually some really simple things you can do to reduce your sugar intake so if you are feeling the pressure of yet another news report, put these into practice and then you can look that news story right in the face and say “‘ha’ that doesn’t apply to me!!”
1. Eat Natural
Processed food is probably the biggest thing that stands in the way of our sugar reducing efforts. Whether you are aware of it or not most foods that come from a factory have added sugar of one sort or another.
So the easiest fix here is to simple eat fresh unprocessed food as much as possible, food that has either walked on the earth or grown from it.
“Oh but I don’t have time” I hear you all cry!
I hear this all the time, we are so used to living off convenience food that we often either don’t realise how easy it is to eat more naturally or we have forgotten.
Sugar is added to foods that don't even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. And it adds up so choosing unprocessed alternatives will help.
I believe it is more of a mind-set thing, if we are going to eat more natural food then we need to get our head around the idea of changing our behaviour.
Start with picking one meal that you feel able to change and focus on. Nail it for a week before you begin to make any more changes.
It can be daunting to make a big changes to what you eat so start small if you think that will help you get started.
Look out over the next few weeks for my Quick Fix for breakfast, lunch and dinner for some simple recipes.
2. Eat Full Fat
This is a hard one to get your head around if you are a die-hard dieter. We have been brainwashed over the years to believe we should be eating low fat food.
The food industry has made a pretty good profit from all the low fat products on the market. They want you to believe it is much healthier to eat low fat products than the full fat alternative.
The truth is that you have to be careful about how they have made the product taste as good without the fat. Mainly food manufactures will need to replace lost flavour and often they do this with sugar, turning good healthy foods like yoghurt into processed sugar filled products.
And actually if you reduce fat enough in your diet you can face many other problems. Your body needs a certain amount of fat to function at its most effective.
A body that is fed a balanced diet with a good amount of fat that comes from healthy unprocessed food will function at its most effective.
3. Eat More Protein
Along with eating more fat it is a great idea to make sure you eat plenty of protein with every meal and snack. Eating protein helps to regulate your blood sugar levels meaning you are less likely to reach for a sugary snack later on.
4. Get Plenty of Sleep
It’s a vicious cycle, when we are tired we tend to opt for more sugary options. Getting plenty of sleep can help your energy levels be more constant which helps you make better choices.
So there you have it, pick your favourite tip and give it a go, let me know if you manage to make a simple change as they are the ones that start you on the journey to the big changes you know you want.
I’m off to eat a nice bowl of full fat yoghurt with some nuts and seeds, that should keep me going for a bit!
p.s. Look out for my next Quix Fix blog – how to look good in your summer clothes in just a few easy steps…
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