Whenever people start cutting out sugar, they always ask the same question: "What's left to eat?"
To answer your question in advance, here's my Special Report just for you newcomers to the Stop Sugar Shock & Smart Habits Community.
Interestingly, most sugar addicts tend to think that giving up sweets means that very few things are left for them to eat. This is simply NOT true.
Eating healthily offers you many tasty options -- ones that ultimately become more tantalizing to you than those culprit carbs you've been consuming.
Whether or not you kick sweets this minute or start tapering off gradually, here are some quick tips on how to start making better foods choices.
Make sure to have 3 well-balanced meals and 3 snacks per day. Skipping meals is a no-no! If you're hypoglycemic, you may need to eat every 2 to 3 hours so that your blood sugar doesn't drop too low.
Many experts agree that a healthy meal includes moderate protein (fish, chicken, eggs), healthy fats (olive oil, flax oil or ground flaxseed) and a complex carbohydrate (vegetables, beans, legumes and whole grains).
Stay away from simple carbs -- you know, the ones that (unfortunately) tend to entice you. This includes such deceptively good-looking products as cookies, cakes, candy, doughnuts, ice cream, French bread, popcorn, potato chips and soda.
Follow your mom's or grandmother's advice and always start your day with a healthy breakfast. Make sure to include protein, such as an egg omelette or scrambled tofu, as well as complex carbs and healthy fats.
Go for plenty of vegetables. The more colorful, the better.
Skip the fruit juice and eat whole fruits instead. But, do beware of high-glycemic fruits such as bananas and dried fruits.
Try healthy, non-sugary snacks such as nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.), edamame (soy beans), lentil or bean soup, whole-grain crackers and some low-fat or tofu cheese, celery sticks and tuna, and apple and sugarfree almond butter. (See the other post with snack ideas.)
Watch your portion sizes... especially of carbs. For example: 1 slice of whole wheat bread = 1 serving, ½ cup cooked brown rice = 1 serving, and 1 small apple = 1 serving.
Cut back or cut out or at least reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol. I know that may be tough, but it may help if you know that these two substances trigger sugar cravings. (If anything, can you cut back a little?
Drink plenty of water. A minimum 8 glasses per day.
Granted, giving up sweets can be challenging -- at least initially -- the results are so incredibly rewarding. Please be gentle with yourself, and take each day as it comes. Tomorrow is always a new day!
Hope this will help you in your new adventure to kick or at least reduce sugar.
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