1. All sugars are not created equal…
2. Go cold turkey!
3. Make sure you include plenty of protein to reduce the cravings.
Protein helps you to feel fuller for longer, so if you’re going sugar free, keep your cravings at bay with lean protein with every meal and snack. That’s some chicken, turkey, cottage cheese, eggs, fish, prawns, plain yoghurt, a handful nuts or seeds or some hummus, beans or pulses.
4. Replace refined sugar with Xylitol
Unlike sugar, Xylitol, which has very little effect on your blood sugar. It’s low in fructose and actually helps to prevent teeth cavities (by helping to create an alkaline environment in your mouth,) which helps to prevent the overgrowth of the bacteria which damage your teeth. Xylitol has the same consistency as sugar, and the great news is you can substitute it like for like as sugar in any recipe. (I do still advise cutting the sweetness content down a little bit in any recipe, because natural sweeteners can stimulate a sweet tooth – the more you have, the more you want).
5. Consider how much sugar are you drinking!
It may sound obvious, but some people don’t realize that throughout the day they might be drinking teaspoons and teaspoons of sugar without even realizing it. Did you know that some juices have more sugar than a can of coke? Or that every time you add a sugar to your tea you’re adding to your daily intake, by the time you’ve had 5 cups of tea you’ve actually had 5 teaspoons of sugar! Red wine is definitely the way forwards, as it’s the wine that’s lowest in sugar. Plus do it the Spanish summer way, and add in some very cold soda water and some ice cubes… Think of a less sweet sangria… Put your feet up, and imagine the sun’s shining!
Are you ready to go sugar-free? Sign up for the next 30 Day Sugar Detox (we start on Saturday 24th September) and you’ll be supported by two- guided workshops, cooking demonstrations, recipes, meal plans, shopping lists and support via a private Facebook Group.