Nowadays, I think we’re all a little more concious of what we’re putting into our bodies and how good it really is for us. Refined or added sugars have especially come under fire in recent months, due to the fact that they contain a whole lot of calories with no essential nutrients. So, with that in mind, here are five, easy, simple ways you can cut the sugar in your diet!
- Stop Drinking Squash. I am definitely the worst at this. I hate plain, unflavoured water. But even those ‘sugar-free’ squashes have hidden sugars in that will have the same unhealthy effect. Try adding a dash of lemon (or lime if you’re adventurous!) juice to your water. Or try a bottle infuser, which uses fresh fruits to flavour your water naturally.
- Cut Out The Breath Mints/Gum. Again, even the ‘sugar-free’ version of mints and chewing gum have sneaky sugars lurking in them, which go by different names; aspartame for example! Try nibbling on nuts and seeds, or chewing on dried mango or apple pieces for a healthier alternative.
- Switch To Wholewheat. White bread/pasta/rice are all refined carbs, which means they’ve undergone a process which strips them of fibre, vitamins and minerals, so they have little nutritional value. Brown or wholemeal bread, pasta and rice are all complex carbs, which means they contain all the natural goodness they should and they’ll keep you fuller for longer.
- Rethink The Sauce. Mayonnaise, ketchup and brown sauce all contain sugar or artificial sweetners. By cutting these out completely, you’ll be saving yourself from consuming a lot of sugar! If you can’t cut them out cold turkey, try these homemade versions of ketchup and mayonnaise instead – they taste just as great, but you know exactly what’s gone into them.
- Choose Dark Chocolate. This might take a bit of getting used to for some people. I know dark choc isn’t everyone’s taste! But hear me out. Start at 60% or 70% cocoa. A square of choc after dinner or after lunch, whenever it is you get those sugar cravings. Stick with it. Eat it slowly. Savour it. Then, when you’ve trained your brain to accept this, up the ante to 65% or 75% and keep going like this. Dark choc has many nutritional benefits, but can have more calories than white or milk chocolate, so be careful how much you eat. This Moser Roth chocolate from Aldi is packaged in indivdual bars, to encourage healthy portions.
What do you think? Are some of these helpful? These are all changes that I’ve been making in my lifestyle recently. What are some of your helpful, healthy tips?