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How to give up processed sugar

Giving up sugar is tough! It’s very addictive and our bodies are used to getting it from so many different sources, it’s a constant battle to keep our sugar intake low. Sugar is linked to so many health issues that it really is worth the effort though, and you’ll look trimmer and have more balanced energy as a result too.

Personally, I think the key thing to focus on is eliminating refined sugars such as processed white bread & pasta, biscuits, cakes and baked goods, chocolate and fizzy drinks. If you can clear those out of your diet you’re on to a winner.

A word of encouragement, I know from personal experience that once you’ve cut it out of your diet for a week or so, the cravings disappear. It really is a case of the more you feed it the more you want it. That also works in reverse though, so the less you have the less you want/need. The initial stages are hard, but there are things you can do to help.

5 practical suggestions for cutting down

1 – clear the cupboards and chuck it out. You are much less likely to be tempted if there’s nothing in the house. If you see it, you’ll want it, so don’t give yourself the battle in the first place.
2 – identify when and where your personal triggers are. Is it chocolate on the sofa in front of the TV at night? Or biscuits with a cup of tea before school pick up. Identify your trigger and have a strategy to combat it. I’m not allowing myself to go to the supermarket pre school run as I know that’s when my weakness is!
3 – stock up on good stuff such as nuts (small handful), full fat plain yoghurt, bananas, oatcakes. Then when you want a snack you can turn to a good alternative.
4 – Eat more protein. A palm sized piece of protein (beans, lentils, chicken, fish,eggs, nuts) should be eaten at every meal as it keeps you fuller for longer, therefore less likely to snack.
5 – tell your friends and family you’re giving up, why and how important it is to you. We are much more likely to succeed with support, and definitely don’t need sabotage from those closest to us.

Finally, I believe in improvement not perfection. Food is a pleasure and should be enjoyed.  I’d much rather enjoy a nice slice of home made cake once a week (in a cafe I’m a terrible baker!) than snacking on biscuits throughout the week.  So choose where you indulge!

Good luck!

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