How To Completely Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet
In one of my previous posts about sugar, I said sugar is like Mr. India, invisible it is 😉 , yet present in most of the things that we think have no sugar.
Sugar makes you addicted to it and you crave for it more and more. Ways to beat sugar cravings here and more about sugar addiction in my coming posts.
Lets see How To Completely Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet
Step 1 – Trash refined sugar from your kitchen
This is not Mr. India, its very much visible. Replace your refined sugar in tea/coffee with Stevia. If you can’t do without sugar in some dish, use brown sugar.
Step 2 – Stop all sugary drinks
Now you may think that you read labels before buying anything from your favorite supermarket but the people out there who market these products think we are a fool and sure we are ! You cannot trust the labels on food items these days because most of them are flawed.Secondly, the way labels are written, you will calculate in your head how many calories does it amount to, you will be confused and will end up buying. So the best way first step is to eliminate sugary drinks completely. If at all you can’t do without one, have a glass of fresh juice or a diet coke;these are not sin free but better than rest of the devils out there.
Step 3 – Get rid of junk foods
Junk foods always have sugar whether they are sweet or not. Sweet junk food includes cookies, cakes, candies, chocolates, health bars(yeah they are as bad as junk) , ice creams etc. Popcorn, ready-made soups, chips, pasta, pizza – are all junk which have sugar , just that they don’t taste sweet. Sweet or not, junk foods are loaded with sugar and are the main culprit causing addiction. If you are not sure whether a food is junk or not, treat is as junk and walk away. When in doubt, its always better to stay away.
You might take 2-3 weeks or may be few weeks to reach this non junk state but its achievable. You may not be able to avoid junk 100% of the times but 80% achievement is too good to be true. Remember, its never about perfection but about doing a little better than the last time.
If you eat a lot of processed food, then make a list of foods that you tend to overdo and throw hem out of your kitchen . They should never make an entry in your grocery shopping list.
Step 4 – Switch from bad carbs to good carbs
When you reach here, job is half done. Pat your back ! At this stage , you body will thank you for ending the torture you have been doing by eating so much sugar and junk in the past. You might phase symptoms like headaches but hold on there, its just a matter of time. There is no going back from here.
In just few days, you would notice increased energy, glowing skin and no lethargy after having meals. You will feel less hungry and irritated.
Step 5 – Get rid of all taste adding foods
Sauces, ketchup, jams etc are some of the sides that we eat with our main meals. Tomato sauce with omelette nullifies the goodness of eggs with sugar that the sauce contains. Give it a thought !
All foods labelled healthy like low fat , low calorie, sugar free , no fat, no sugar – are all BAD. They may contain even dreadful elements like hydrogenated oil or aspartame.
Step 6 – Keep going and maintain this new way of eating
Enjoy natural/less processed food for life. After coming a long way, give your body the health it deserves. Indulge once in a while but stick to your healthy way of eating firmly. Who said healthy food can’t be tasty, check out our recipes here !
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