How To Cut Down On Sugar

September 21, 2019

Hey guys! In a world where we are so conscious about what we eat and what’s in our food, its becoming more important to follow a healthy lifestyle. As someone who is on the cusp of diabetes (genetic), I have to watch the amount of sugar I consume each day. Here’s what I do to watch my diet.

  • Use the dietary guidelines on food packaging, they are a direct comparison with what you should be eating.
  • Remember that everyone is different, and for that reason dietary guidelines change. As I am small and weigh less, I don’t feel obliged to eat the same amounts as those around me.
  • Make your own snacks in advance so you don’t head towards the treat cupboard!
  • Just because something is “Zero Sugar” or a super healthy alternative, it is usually higher in fat content, making it just as bad as before.
  • When making meals, up the portion of vegetables, they will fill you up just as much and they have very little natural sugar.
  • Sugar syrups are your best friend. These have a zero sugar content, and is an easy way to substitute in your diet. I tend to put this in my tea and coffee instead of sugar.
  • Do not remove all sugar from your diet, withdrawal can cause several side effects, headaches and tiredness to name a few.
  • Brown bread and white bread have the same amount of sugar – which is against popular belief. Brown bread however breaks down sugar slower in your system, so ultimately is better for you.
  • Carbohydrates have more sugar in than once thought – watch out for refined sugar when looking at the guidelines on pasta and rice.
  • Refined sugar is a carbohydrate that your body can digest quickly for energy. This can be found in fizzy drinks, desserts and processed food. This is the bad type of sugar, one that it usually hidden in foods you would not imagine, so watch out.
  • Fruit has a lot of natural sugar – although you should eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, having more than 2 portions of fruit could be more detrimental than good.
  • As well as syrups, honey can be a great alternative. A natural product, it also has great antibacterial benefits.
  • Breakfast cereal is very high in sugar so watch out for blowing your daily intake in one sitting.

Hope this helped! Have you got any tips to staying healthy?

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    Baby Boomer Super Saver
    September 21, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    I’m avoiding sugar & it’s helping me lose weight. Doesn’t hurt that I’ve got a weight loss bet going on Healthy Wage, too. Check out the book “Sugar Blues” by William Dufty (first released in 1975) if you haven’t read it before. It’s a classic!

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    Sophie Naylor
    September 21, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    This is so helpful! I also find that upping the amount of vegetables helps as it’s so filling and nutritious x

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    sophienaylor1
    September 21, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    This is so helpful! I also find upping the amount of vegetables helps me cut down on sugar as veg is so filling and nutritious x

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      Sophia Patel
      September 28, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks so much! Definitely, the more I eat the happier I feel!x

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    Amie.🌼 (@acurvyvegan)
    September 21, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve cut down on my sugar intake a lot lately, I eat a lot of veggies and I try to avoid fizzy drinks as much as possible and have sparkling water instead. It makes a difference for me!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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      Sophia Patel
      September 28, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      I’m so glad, same here, its funny how many benefits just cutting out the smallest amount of sugar has!

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    ellieslondon
    September 22, 2019 at 7:54 am

    It’s such a truck when you pick up zero sugar stuff and then see there’s a kilo of fat inside 😣 About two years ago I cut refined sugars out of my diet for health reasons and i honestly wouldn’t go back to. It’s crazy because now the smallest thing tastes way sweeter than it did before! X

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      Sophia Patel
      September 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      I completely get you! I have to get zero everything now,and even just looking at pre-made desserts in supermarkets has me chocked – how on earth can they justify having so much sugar in them!x

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        ellieslondon
        September 28, 2019 at 10:26 pm

        Right? It’s crazy. Its shocking too the amount of sugar in other things that usually people think are healthy… 😆

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    Hilary Tan
    November 11, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Once in a while, I will eat a sugary treat but I don’t even enjoy it. It’s way too sweet. I still crave these things and often forget how sweet they actually are, until I eat them and they don’t even taste that good.

    Where do you buy sugarless syrups from? I use maple syrup and honey but would still like to cut down on the sugar I’m consuming.

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      Sophia Patel
      November 14, 2019 at 1:22 am

      I completely get what you mean, as soon as I eat sugar after a break it feels so underwhelming! I get them from TK Maxx but they are also available on Amazon, hope that helps!

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