Simple ways to cut out excess sugar

In case you haven’t heard it, here’s the message loud and clear –

SUGAR AIN’T GOOD FOR YOU

So ditch the excess sugar in these simple ways, starting today:

Decrease the amount in your hot drinks

If you have sugar in your tea or coffee, and you just can’t see yourself going cold turkey, do it in steps. This way you’ll gradually get used to the less sweet taste and work your way down to zero. So if you’re having 3 teaspoons, cut the amount by 1 teaspoon each week. You built your sweet taste threshold up; and only you can bring it back down again.

Read labels

Read the labels of the sauces you buy – so many are jam-packed with sugars and syrups of all sorts. It really won’t take that much more effort to make vinaigrettes or sauces yourself and that way you can control what goes into your food. And that sugar you add to your tomato-based sauce to stop it from going bitter? You really only need a pinch, not a whole tablespoon!

Avoid fizzy drinks

Fizzy drinks are a big temptation this time of year as an energy boost, but it’s just not worth it. If you drink a whole lot of these, you’re basically eating teaspoon after teaspoon of sugar; empty calories that do you no good and only cause a huge spike and consequent drop in your energy levels. The best solution is to swop to water, but if that is just too much of a stretch, gradually work your way there by moving to sparkling flavoured water, then sparkling water, then good ol’ tap water. And remember to eat something healthy and filling when you’re hungry instead of relying on high-sugar, caffeine-filled drinks to get you going.

If you’re eating really well most of the time, it’s alright to cut yourself some slack every now and then and indulge a little. Chances are though, you’ll be happy with just a little taste and the desire to plough through a tub of ice cream or a packet of sweets will no longer be there all the time. For real.

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