If you’ve been Paleo for quite some time now, we’re pretty sure you know how it feels to indulge in a sugar-free diet. But what about the rest of us?
Actually, there is nothing wrong with cutting sugar out of our diet. The problem is how we are going to do it, especially that sugar comes in various forms. Don’t worry. We have a few suggestions for you.
Here are some ways to help you enjoy a sugar-free diet.
1. Stop getting processed foods.
Many of us are guilty about this. We tend to buy processed foods because they are easier and faster to prepare. Then again, whether you know it or not, almost everything that you purchase that comes in a plastic, bag, or can, has added sugars. As a matter of fact, one food item already has 4-5 different sugar types.
2. Make your own pasta sauce!
We know it is not easy to avoid processed foods. Hence, we suggest you start at least with not buying tomato sauce for your pasta. Tomato sauces in the grocery store aisles contain high amounts of sugar that our body don’t need. Instead of getting these unhealthy ingredients, make your own healthy tomato sauce. Start by simmering some fresh tomatoes in the pot and add some fresh herbs. If you need sugar, then you can add a bit. Just remember, a little already goes a long way.
3. Choose fresh!
Of course, fruit juices in boxes and cans taste great. But as much as we hate to admit it, they’re almost made of pure sugar without the fiber. So, instead of quenching your thirst with these processed fruit drinks, make your own at home. To add a bit of sweetness, you can use natural sweeteners like organic coconut sugar.
4. Set limitations.
If you ever plan to back off of sugar, the easiest way to start it is to set limitations. For instance, you can begin by using it only on desserts. Say, if you can’t last a day without a dessert after dinner, then avoid any other forms of sweet treats, except that one. In the coming weeks, reduce your intake of desserts. It should be easy.
5. Set rules.
Okay. Since you have already set limitations, the next thing you have to do is to set rules. If you intend to eat desserts, then, at least, tell yourself to eat only fresh fruits. Perhaps you can only have them if there is a special occasion or it is your cheat day!
6. Just don’t keep any kind of sweet treat at home.
Obviously, this one needs not to be explained further. If you have a whole cake in the fridge, chances are, you would be tempted to eat it. So, don’t buy anything sweet, even chocolates and candies. If you want one so bad, go out and buy from the store.
7. Use natural sweeteners.
Not everybody knows this. But there are natural sweeteners out there that you can use in place for commercial sugars. We mentioned one above – organic coconut sugar. Another one is the coconut nectar syrup.
8. Avoid soda.
It’s hard to resist a can of cold soda, especially when it’s hot outside. But if it’s for you sugar-free diet, you need to do it. If you want, you can help yourself with a glass of cold water with lemon or lime. And if you need something bubbly, soda water can satisfy your thirst.
9. Say ‘NO’ to mixed alcohol beverages.
Have you seen those videos on social media, wherein coke and rye are tested for sugar content? You’d be surprised to see the results. There’s a lot in one mix. If you feel the need to drink, choose a mix with soda water or maybe just settle for wine.
As you can see, there is no reason to remove all the sugar because there are healthier alternatives in store for you. Now, cut commercial sugar of your daily consumption and live a guilt-free life.