As a healthy eater myself, I often think a lot about what I consume. Is it carb loaded? Is it packed with artificial flavors and refined sugar? Or has it been heavily processed?
While it’s tough to restrict every element of what you eat, it is always a good idea to start with something, for example, SUGAR. Did you know that most Americans consume way more sugar than they should on daily basis? It is because lots of foods out there are often packed with sugar that adds no nutritional value to our body. Therefore, it is very important that we can take the time to distinct between Natural Sugar (fructose & lactose) and Added Sugar in the food we eat.
I’ve learned a lot of nutritional knowledge from my trainer over the past month of training, here I’ll share with you a few of the small lifestyle changes we can make to help cut out unnecessary sugar intake from your diet and to welcome a brighter, healthier lifestyle that you’ll love when results kick in.
Isn’t the first rule pretty obvious? AVOID CANDY! Just in case you needed a reminder, candies are loaded with empty calories and has absolutely no nutritional value, cut it out!
Make sure you read the nutrition labels on cereal boxes before you buy them, cereal may sound like a healthy food but little did you know that many cereals contain way more sugar than you expect it to have.
Rule of thumb: Always go for the cereal that has sugar content lower than its fiber content.
Cut out granola and granola bars as these two “health foods” are typically loaded with sugar. Especially ones that are coated with chocolate or yoghurt, they’re no different than candy bars…
EAT STRUCTURED MEALS DURING THE DAY. This has become the golden rule to having a healthy diet, eating regular meals throughout the day does not only help stabilize blood sugar levels but it also minimizes cravings which may likely lead to eating sugary snacks.
Also make sure you’re getting a balanced diet, proteins, fruits, and veges are three things you should be consuming the most. All three contains fiber that helps keep you full and can help with weight loss, while fruits have all the natural sugars you need.
Drink regular coffee instead of flavored coffee. If you’re used to adding milk and sugar into your coffee, try adding regular milk instead of flavored creamer or flavored soy milk. You can also try adding a teaspoon of Manuka Honey, it provides a natural source of sweetener that is great for health and boosts immune system. Shop Kiwi Manuka Honey Collection.
As you may already know, fruits juices are often packed with added sugar, therefore I highly suggest that you eat the real fruit instead. Fruits have the fiber that is essential to help you stay full and keep you away from snacking which possibly leads to more sugar intake.
Swap out your soda for a glass of carbonated water instead. Much like candy, sodas are also packed with empty calories. If you’re thirsting for a bubbly drink, even a flavored seltzer won’t hurt.
Smoothies might seem light, but most really aren’t. Always home-blitz your own smoothies with real fruits and vegetables because smoothie chains often add extra sugary ingredients to make it taste better but end up having a crazy calorie count of 550+. Maybe you’re better off eating a McDonald’s BigMac (540 cals) instead.
Stay hydrated, drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. If you’re drinking this much water, the chances are you’re less likely to have space for other sugary drinks like soda or smoothies.
Healthy Eating, Healthy Living – Tiffson Co.