Refined sugar is bad for your health. Added sugar can be found in even the most unexpected products. Almost all the food you buy contains more sugar than our body needs.
We should be having no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day, about 100 calories depending on our size. If you are trying to lose weight or improve your health it is best to avoid sugar.
Eating too much sugar can put you at a major risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver disease, and insulin resistance. Get started cutting down on sugar with these tips.
1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Fruit and veggies are nutritious and delicious. We get natural sugar in our fruits and some vegetables and grains. Whole foods are rich in fiber. Fiber is important for proper bowel function and makes you less hungry. It does not raise blood glucose levels and is important to include in the daily diet for people with diabetes, as well as those who don’t have diabetes. Consumption of dietary fiber can prevent obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
2. Use Spices and Herbs
You can add flavor to meals without salt or sugar. Try adding allspice, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon, to the baked goods, cereals, and coffee you consume.
Drink ginger tea with a little honey in it, and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Don’t go to the grocery for herbs. You can grow herbs indoors year round and enjoy their fresh flavor. Best herbs to grow indoors are basil, rosemary, chives, oregano, parsley,sage,thyme.
3. Drink Water
Drink plenty of water. Over 2/3 of our bodies are made up of water, and it plays a huge part in how we function. A glass of water is the perfect way to start your day.
Drinking water on an empty stomach helps promote the elimination of toxins. Also drinking a glass of water before each meal helps you eat less. When choosing what to drink, not all liquids are the same. Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
That is the best way to hydrate your body.
4. All Natural Sugar Substitutes
Enjoy indulging your sweet tooth healthfully with natural sugar substitutes like raw honey, stevia, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, dates, and molasses. Each of these healthier sweetener options – with the exception of stevia – is still high in natural sugar. So it is important to consume them in moderation.
All sugar and sugar substitutes can contribute to weight gain or prevent your weight loss. Refined white sugar is empty calories.
Unlike white table sugar, honey is a complex food. Honey contains vitamins, proteins, amino acids, trace minerals… Honey and cinnamon are some of the most powerful natural antibiotics.
Prepare your own healthy meals at home and avoid buying foods and drinks that are high in added sugar. Sugar is addictive. If you think you may be addicted to sugar, this plan is for you. Cut down sugar. You’ll be surprised how much your mood, cravings, and health improves.