It is no secret that theses days, processed sugars are to blame for many modern diseases and of course today’s obesity epidemic. It’s it everywhere and in everything! So how do you get rid of it from your diet? We will get to that in just a minute. First, I want to explain to you why it is so crucial that you start cutting sugar out of your diet NOW!
Why Should You Lead A Sugar-Free Life?
Sugar is highly addictive! The more you eat, the more you want to eat. Leaving you feeling hungry, tired and moody just a couple of hours later. So, what do you do? Eat more sugar… and the cycle continues. Over and over and over… Slowly making you fatter and fatter as the years go by.
Sugar spikes your blood sugar levels. Sure, when you have just finished your meal you feel full, energized and happy. This is because your blood sugar level has sky rocketed, but then, when your body has depleted that excess amount of sugar in the blood, your body crashes and begs you for more “energy”. But all your body is really saying is: “Give me more sugar!” … So, once again the vicious cycle continues
Sugar causes an excess of storage fat. By consuming your sugary meals, you are triggering your body to produce too much insulin. The insulin then tells your fat cells to make room so that they can store more fat! So, sugar really does have a huge impact on your body’s ability to gain and/or lose weight. Don’t get me wrong, your body does require a certain amount of sugar however, today’s average consumer consumes 100% more than our past generations.
Sugar can affect your emotional and mental health as well. Messing up your hormones big time! Yikes!
Sugar is one of the root causes of so many diseases such as the metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and so many more! You do have a choice! Did you know that just a couple of years ago, doctors would see on average 1 child with diabetes a month and that these days a doctor sees on average 10 children a week?!?! Now, how sad is it that our children are suffering for our ignorance?
Last but not least: PROCESSED SUGARS ADD ABSOLUTELY NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE TO OUR BODIES!!! Fill yourself up with something that your body can actually use.
As you can now see, there is absolutely no need for processed sugars to be in your diet! So many people have cut sugar out of their lives and so can you! With a little commitment, you will be leading a sugar free diet in no time! Relieving you of future health problems and dietary mistakes.
How To Cut Sugar Out Of Your Diet
Begin by slowly by ditching the obvious killers like store bought baked goods, candy, pastries, chips, sodas, pre-made frozen meals etc. Then, go ahead and get rid of all the sneaky sugary sources such as condiments, fruit beverages, boxed snacks, bread, cereals, pasta, refined carbs etc. Basically, if it was made in factory and sold in a box, beware! Remember to read your nutritional facts labels in order to guide you. Keep in mind that you are aiming for sugar free however, if a product has less than a 5% daily value in sugar it is low. The easiest way to lead a sugar free life is by only shopping in the perimeters of the grocery store (fresh produce, grains, meats and dairy). This way, you are avoiding all temptations and possible diet deviations. Did you know that 80% of grocery store items contain added processed sugars? Making 100% of your meals from scratch will help you avoid the middle aisles as well. Health food stores and whole foods stores are good options as well. I love to make my own snack foods like chips and energy bars. Sure, it is time consuming but SOOO DELICIOUS! You won’t even want that store bought crap after you try the homemade versions! Trust me!
After the first day or so, your body is going to immediately go into detox. You’re going to feel awful! This is absolutely normal! As bad as this sounds, it is for the best and in the long run your body will thank you. As your body begins to flush out all the toxins, you may experience side effects such as nausea, headaches, cravings and mood swings. Basically your body is experiencing withdrawal symptoms but by giving your body the right kind of nutrients that it needs and by ignoring the temptations, you will be able to be have a happy sugar free body within only a couple of days if you follow the following tips:
- Eat lots of foods that are high in protein and fiber
- Feast on greens. Think of complex carbs! These will make you feel full longer since complex carbs take longer to digest.
- Eat sour foods to help kick the cravings
- Drink lots and lots of water!
- Get lots of sleep! If you do not sleep enough, your body is going to ask for energy in the fastest possible way it knows how: sugary foods.
If you are not ready to give it all up just yet, take baby steps. Nothing is wrong with that! Cut out one item per week and slowly integrate the sugar-free lifestyle as you go along.