The dangers of sugar are very real. Despite how little we hear about its consequences, it is one of the unhealthiest things we consume on a daily basis. Reducing sugar is essential to promoting health and wellness. If you really want to see a major improvement in your overall health and wellbeing, reducing sugar intake is one of the best steps to take.
Here are 5 simple ways to drastically reduce your sugar intake:
This is really important when you want to make a healthy change. Starting small will make it more manageable and keeps you from feeling overwhelmed to quit altogether. Start concentrating and tackle one area that’s contributing to extra sugar intake. If it’s soda, decrease your portion each week, coffee, try drinking it black with no added sugar or creamer. Small changes lead to big and lasting results.
Use Less Ingredient
One simple way to consume less sugar is, to use less! Instead of adding sugar to cereal or oatmeal, top it with fruit. Instead of drinking juice, swap for water. Reaching out for the store-bought cookies for snacks or dessert, try one of the dessert recipes in the Healthy Desserts Made Easy cookbook.
I do not believe in giving up everything or feel deprived and neither should you when trying to eat less sugar. There are so many options in the Healthy Desserts Made Easy cookbooks such as Chocolate Mousse, Low-Carb Lava Cake, Caramel Muffins, Banana Bread, Cherry Sorbet, and more. This is one of the reasons why I put together this recipe book. They’re low in sugar and taste amazing.
Retain Your Tastebuds
The good news, your food preference can actually change. As you start to eat healthier food, your tastebuds will begin to become more sensitive to subtle flavors from fruits and vegetables and not need so much sweetness to satisfy. Give it time and be patient with yourself. Slowly, your preference will change and you’ll crave sugarless!
Reduce Stress Level
Stress and lack of sleep only increase sugar cravings. When you’re well-rested and managing your stress levels will decrease your sugar cravings. So the next time you’re craving sugar, take a step back to see if you’re really craving sugar or if you’re tired or stressed out. Be attuned to your body and listen to the clues and signal to rest.
Now you have all the tools, but you have to implement them to actually make changes. So let’s take action today to live a healthier lifestyle.