5 Tips to Break up with SugarFebruary 2019
Sugar will be the death of us, well if you’ve gone down the google rabbit-hole you probably believe this. But sugar comes in different forms:
// processed and highly refined
There is a HUGE difference in these two types. One is found naturally in the food we eat; such as fruit, vegetables, honey and maple syrup. The other comes from refining sugar cane or corn (such as high fructose corn syrup).
Fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates, so through digestion they break down to a few of forms of sugar (mostly glucose and fructose). Does this mean you avoid them? Oh hell no girlfriend! You should be eating fruit and vegetables. That is non-negotiable in my books.
The sugar you receive from eating fruits and vegetables is minimal, but it brings with it fibre, vitamins, antioxidants, water and more.
Why break up with sugar?
Let’s compare an apple and a chocolate bar. The apple in its whole form, has a skin, requires you to chew before swallowing, fills you up and keeps you full, supports blood sugar, hydrates the body. A chocolate is highly refined sugar, so after 10mins you feel hungry again, you’ll crash and feel tired, contains no fibre.
But I get it, chocolate also tastes really good.
5 tips to beat sugar cravings
- You need to stop buying it. Yep. Start simple. Don’t buy chocolate, cake, icecream, muffins, soft drink, pastries, tarts etc. If you don’t buy them, you can’t eat them. This is literally the easiest step.
- Eat a vegetable instead. Part of kicking your habit is changing your taste buds. A vegetable such as celery or snow peas, are crunchy, filling and not overly sweet. This will help your taste buds re-adjust.
- Have a fresh vegetable juice. It needs to be a vegetable juice, with maybe half an apple to make it slightly more palatable. The nutrients that sugar depletes will slowly be restored.
- Enjoy healthy fats. I’m talking avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, salmon, walnuts. They are incredibly filling, and the fat content helps to curb cravings.
- Make a herbal tea, such as dandelion tea. This will occupy your mind until the desire surpasses. Plus if enjoying dandelion tea, the added bonus of support for your liver, gall bladder and pancreas.
If all else fails, go for a walk. A change of scenery and some fresh air refreshes you enough for the feeling to pass. There are also supplements that can help, but these are best discussed personally with a natural health practitioner. Or, you know, me!
Until next time… x
Written by Jessica Worth, Nutritionist, Sydney, Mona Vale.
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