No Sugar?! Now What Do I Eat?
If you came across my previous blog post, you would've read up on one of the best places to start when shunning the sugar out of your life is recognizing all the sneaky names and ways in which sugar can creep into our diet. When you pick up a packet of most foods, more often than not, sugar is an added ingredient, and it may be in different forms and 'hide' under different names.
So, what do we eat instead? And what about those sweet cravings?
Let’s get to the root of your cravings for the sweet stuff.
Many people list cravings, stress, and hormones as reasons they crave sugar. What if you’re just hungry for more real food? Your body is designed to recognize and receive nourishment from things that grow in nature. In time you’ll find that by incorporating more real, whole foods into your diet, you’ll automatically crowd out the need for sugar and other disease culprits – no deprivation here.
Try a one-day exercise to eat only whole foods. Set aside a Sunday in the next week or so where you can educate yourself around packaged and processed foods in your diet, finding an alternative and then commit to change them.
When you pick up a packet of anything in the supermarket, check the ingredient listing. If it has several ingredients and is encased in cardboard or plastic - think about what had to be added and how it had to be processed to get to your pantry. Then after a little investigation, opt for a healthier, whole version instead. This could mean eating:
- Whole grains instead of white, refined grains (staying away from pasta, white bread and white flour)
- Fresh fruits and vegetables (instead of juices, candy, dried fruits, vegetable chips)
- Good fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, salmon) instead of cookies, cakes, pizza and bready treats
- Beans! They are a great source of plant protein, fiber and nutrients.
- Less junk! I promise you, they’re loaded with lots of sugar, additives, preservatives and chemicals.
- Make a habit of checking ingredients when you’re at the grocery store or grabbing a quick snack during your afternoon slump. Are there ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce? Put it down!
- Opt for products with 5 or less ingredients - the more ingredients, the more they have to hide!
- Fill your cart with fresh, whole ingredients that don’t need nutrition labels.
- Snack on nuts, seeds, fresh fruit or veggies with guacamole or hummus.
- Set aside some time on Sunday to meal prep and plan your meals and snacks for the week.
You’re well on your way to cleansing the sugar out of your system and even one step closer to a better version of you.
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