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Lifestyle | Sweet dreams of giving up the addictive white stuff

2018 looks like an exciting year ahead, and with so many interesting health topics to cover, I am excited to get started.
With all sorts of resolutions being made, I know sugar is on the list of high priorities for people to kick.
It’s hard to avoid news and magazine articles everywhere on just how bad it is, and how many life threatening diseases are being associated with this common ingredient.
Eating lower sugar is an easy, obvious health commitment that many of us make in the new year. But this is quite a challenge.
With sugar lurking behind every corner, it can be hard to discern when you’re actually eating sugar. Beyond that, even if you have the willpower of an ox, you will, at some point in your low-sugar journey, find yourself unable to think about anything but sugar.
Sugar is a real addiction. According to studies, its 20 times more addictive than cocaine, so step one is to allow that it’s a real struggle and forgive yourself for not easily letting go of the white stuff.
The easiest way to break your sugar addiction is to know when you’re actually consuming the stuff. Even food that looks healthy and organic can pack a massive amount of sugar.
The shorter the ingredient list, the easier it is to find hidden sugars and know exactly what you’re getting.
A huge part of cutting back on sugar is resetting your taste buds, and cutting down on any artificial sweeteners. Their powerfully sweet flavour makes it hard to acclimate your palate.
While it’s tempting to go high-sweet, no sugar, try to just cut back on the amount of sweetener generally.
Hopefully, in recent years, any fear of fat you’ve had has subsided, but beyond being a reborn health food, fat is a powerful ally in your fight to cut back on sugar.
Fat fills you up and turns off your hunger hormones. Go for full-fat food when given the option, add healthy fats like avocado, hemp, chia seeds to your smoothie for extra power and satisfaction.
Instead of telling yourself ‘no dessert’, fill yourself to the brim with fibre-packed vegetables and good fats, so you’re too satiated to reach for dessert.
Think of new ways to add fats, fibres, and protein to every meal, so you’re too stuffed for a piece of chocolate. Try adding cauliflower or zucchini to your green smoothies, filling your plate with a huge pile of leafy greens drizzled with olive oil at lunch, or blending up delicious chunky nutritious soups to sip on throughout the day.
Often, eating sugar can be more of a sign of boredom than anything else. Having something else to fill the eating gap with is often helpful, such as sparkling water with a dash of lemon or lime.
This is a great way to entertain your mouth and aid digestion, and teas come in a ton of different flavours sure to keep you from getting bored. If you always have a cup at hand, you’ll always be too occupied to reach for a snack.
Often, our sugar habit is just that—a habit. If you switch up your regular routine, you’ll often switch up what you eat and when you eat it.
Try intermittent fasting for a week, change where you sit at work, and if you normally go out, cook and vice versa. By switching it up, you’ll reframe sugar’s place in your life, making it effortless to eat less of it.
For help on kicking habits, or wanting guidance with your new healthy regime, don’t hesitate to contact me on: 07730 671436 or info@denisekelly.co.uk
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