When it comes to cutting added sugar from you diet, you need all the advice you can get. Here’s 9 tips that will start you down the road to success.
- Quit cold turkey. Completely rid added sugars and artificial sweeteners from your diet. You’ll love how you feel.
- Don't drink your calories. This is the easiest way to sneak in calories and sugar, so be careful. Here is a list of beverages to avoid.
- Protein is your friend. Think protein, protein, protein at every meal — especially breakfast. It's the key to balancing blood sugar and insulin, as well as curbing your cravings. Here is a list of healthy protein options.
- Eat the right carbs. Focus on whole grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy products as source of carbohydrates. Ditch sources of refined carbohydrates such as pastries, muffins, croissants, biscuits, white bread, refined pasta and white rice. Instead, choose whole grains such as old-fashioned oats, whole grain bread, brown rice, whole grain pasta, quinoa and popcorn.
- Vegetables are your best friend. Nonstarchy vegetables such as green beans, asparagus and broccoli, among many others, are the way to go. You get unlimited refills! For a list of suggestions of nonstarchy vegetables, click here.
- Fight sugar with fat. Fat satiates you and is vital for cell function. Have good fats (extra virgin olive oil, avocados and omega 3 fats) as well as protein at every meal. Other heart-healthy fats to incorporate into meals and snacks are nuts and seeds. Here are some good fat suggestions.
- Prepare for snack emergencies. Avoid gorging on unhealthy foods when you find yourself in desperate need of a snack. Have “survivor packs” with you that include small healthy snack items like nuts, popcorn and fruit.
- Read food labels. Click here for detailed information on reading a label. Always check the ingredient list and make sure the word "sugar" or any other terms that mean sugar are not included.
- Remember to de-stress, not distress. When stressed, we tend to gravitate toward sweet, savory foods and not reach for healthy choices. Take some time in your day to reduce your stress by taking a walk, doing deep breathing exercises or playing with your dog.