By now, you already know that sugar is bad for you and that it’s generally better to eat less sugar if you can. Eating too much of it ups your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. To help you figure out a game plan, we discuss several best tips to finally reduce your sugar intake.
Eat more often
Letting yourself get very hungry increases the chances you’ll reach for quick energy, low-quality foods instead of choosing your meals and snacks wisely. When you don’t eat regularly, you get these cravings, and it’s easy to fill yourself with empty calories.
Drink more water
Another way to curb hunger and reduce cravings for sugar is to stay hydrated. Sometimes thirst is mistaken for hunger, so sipping on H2O all day long will give your body a better understanding of when it actually needs fuel.
Eat fresh instead of processed foods
Processed foods are notorious for having added sugar. Avoid the processed foods as much as you can. Instead of eating a packaged snack, reach for something like cut up apple slices and yogurt. The more whole foods you can eat, and the more meal prepping you can do at home, the easier it will be to avoid processed stuff and still eat enough to feel satiated.
When you do buy packaged foods, read the labels. Check the ingredients list to see if sugar is listed as an ingredient—that means it’s added.
Add spices to your meal routine
Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and turmeric can give food a new and different flavour that can replace the sweetness you are used to. For example, when drinking coffee, you can use cinnamon instead of sugar.
Get enough sleep
Being tired puts your body in a vulnerable position. You’re tired and think you can beat that fatigue by eating simple carbs because you get the energy that’s immediate. But that’s short-lived and you then crash and feel more fatigued. Before you know it, you are binging on sugary foods.
Eat these healthy snacks instead
If you are really serious about reducing your sugar intake, stay away from unhealthy snacks. Fresh fruits and veggies are good and healthy alternatives. But when you’re feeling fatigued, eat things like hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and nuts instead.
By Damilola Faustino
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