Our western style diets are tough on our bodies as we consume a good bit of sugar as we munch and crunch on our favorite foods each day. From beverages to toast we add sugar to our daily lifestyle without even thinking about what we are doing.
Naturally, we are not sugaring things on purpose, it is how we were brought up, the culture within which we live. Jelly is a topping for toast so we slather up our warm pieces of toast and enjoy the delicious taste of raspberries or peaches. As our mouths get dry we reach for a glass of a juice, a soda, a coffee with both flavored creamer and sugar and before you know it your waist is bigger, your and your teeth are decaying.
Lavishly live life out loud and use these 7 tips to slash sugar from your diet, while still reaching for some of your favorites, I’ll show you how!
7 Tips To Slash Sugar From Your Diet
First things first, the next time you decide to brew a cup of tea, change up from natural sugar to stevia. The tea will sweeten and the sugar amount will lessen. Second, if you go for a soda, and you do this a few times a day, try to cut down to one a day, and then drop it altogether after a few weeks. Gradual change is better, but you are doing your body good. grab a sugar-free soda or a diet soda, chances are there are fewer calories and less sugar in these sourced beverages. My personal suggestion would be to kick the soda habit altogether and reach for a carbonated, unsweetened water.
Of course, my personal suggestion would be to kick the soda habit altogether and reach for a carbonated, unsweetened water. Don’t even think about those flavored waters offered in the store because they have sugar in them in different forms. You just have to rid sugar completely from your drinks.
If you are truly stuck on soda, the weaning off may be a tad more difficult, so try infusing water instead. Need an easy-to-make recipe for infused water? Try my Strawberry-Lemon Infused water as it takes seconds to make and it tastes good all day long.
I am big on natural zests and I grate, grate, grate. Oranges, lemons, limes all are perfect for zests on top of anything you would normally put sugar on. It’s not normal at first but the flavor is amazing when it kicks in. Use a hand grater to zest the skin of each of these and you will love your food, from topping cereals to topping meat marinades, zest is where it is at.
When a recipe calls for sugar, use an extract. Almond extract, Vanilla extract, Lemon extract, etc. These will give you more flavor and cut the unneeded sugars. My trick for amazing cakes is adding in applesauce rather than adding in sugar, so there is your other option and it is easy!
CONDIMENT CHIT CHAT
Next on the slashing list are condiments. Sugar is in BBQ, Tomato Sauce, Ketchup, well you get the idea. When you reach for ketchup for fries, try vinegar instead, or mustard. Perhaps top the fries with a light drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil and a dash of salt. Each of these options is far better for you than that dollop of ketchup you keep trying up with every bite you take.
FRESH IS BEST
When you opt for fruits, don’t go for those syrup packed goodies. These are sugar-laden, rather go for packed in natural juices or buy fresh fruit. Fresh is best. If you buy fresh fruits you can decorate your morning oatmeal with fresh bananas, and fresh berries, rather than sugar and syrup.
Food labels are a biggie. When I head down the cereal aisle, I pick up the boxes and read what is in each cereal. If SUGAR appears as one of the first 5 ingredients, I immediately kerplunk the box back down. It’s important to read all labels from condiments (that may not have sugar in them) to condiments that do. In addition, cereals, snack foods, baking products. Remember too, there are other ingredients that you may not even recognize as sugar bearers. Items such as white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, and honey are all sugar.
It is critical that you have a bit of fidget room in your dietary lifestyle or you will fail at helping yourself curb the cravings. It’s fine to indulge here and there. I suggest setting one day a week, where you can splurge or if you are just starting to cut back, pick the meal each day that you get a ‘goodie’ with. Rather than drinking the sodas pick your time to have a no sugar added ice cream, it’s cool, delicious and satisfying. Portions are something you control, so only dish up what a proper serving would be. Taste each bite, savor, and suddenly you are doing your body good.
While it seems like cheating might be bad, if you are just starting to cut back, you need to have something to lean on. The no sugar added ice cream is perfect to just indulge in mouthful by mouthful. Gradual change is where the most success comes into play, not cutting everything out. Life, of course, is not an all or nothing, so your dietary lifestyle should not be that way either.