Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is extremely difficult, especially in today’s world. We live in a time where our schedules are packed with appointments, activities and other responsibilities that make us long for a lifestyle of convenience. For many people, that lifestyle of convenience rears it’s head in the food we eat. Let’s face it, it is much easier, and more convenient to grab something to eat on the run. Unfortunately, however, these foods that we grab on the run are typically fast food, processed or just downright unhealthy. Sure, they are definitely tasty if that’s what you eat regularly, but the long-term negative effects these foods have can be detrimental.
Although the longing for a lifestyle of convenience weighs heavy on many, more people are becoming aware of the need to get healthy and eliminate the bad and unhealthy foods. This of course, is never an easy road to follow; however, it is one that will bring many long-term benefits.
Many people will try to eliminate fatty foods, processed foods, fast foods and other toxic food products, but one that is often overlooked, that should be eliminated is sugar. Of course, like everything that comes with a diet, it is not always easy as our statistics confirm, Americans eat more sugar than any other nation! We like our sweets; however, we are suffering for that sweet tooth. There is no nutritional value in sugar because it has been processed down, and all the vitamins, minerals, proteins and nutrients that once existed in sugar are removed.
When sugar is being consumed, it forces the body to release more insulin and although this is supposed to equal out the blood sugar levels, it actually causes insulin into the blood stream, and this scientific explanation simply means it will cause hunger more often, and as a result we often overeat, and this is only one piece of the sugar puzzle. Sugar does not satisfy they body, and often makes us feel unfulfilled. Of course, it tastes amazing but already we can see that it causes over eating.
Eliminating sugar from the diet is going to take effort work and hard work, but, it can be done, and like any habit that is trying to be beat, you can either take baby steps, or go cold turnkey.
Avoid processed foods
The first step to eliminating refined sugar from your diet is to avoid processed foods because any food that comes in a can or box will have large amounts of sugar. The sugar is used, of course, to add flavor to the food but also as a preservative, however, the overwhelming amount of sugar, over time is harmful. Of course, not everything is doused with sugar, and that is why you should get in the habit of reading labels.
Make food from scratch
There are many reasons to make food from scratch. The food definitely tastes better, you are in control of the ingredients, you can make meals ahead, there can be leftovers, and it is cheaper. However, the main reason is to easily eliminate refined sugar from your diet.
If you are addicted to sugar, you have to commit to making a lifestyle change. Nobody can deny the cravings of ice cream, cookies, or chocolate cake because the cravings are powerful, and that is part of the sugary sweet addiction. However, at some point, you have to move away from those tasty delicacies and embrace healthier food. If you are a soda drinker, substitute with a glass of water. If you want a candy bar for a snack, substitute with cracker. Now, this doesn’t sound appealing, or even satisfying, and in the beginning, it may not be; however, this is the first step towards eliminating sugar.
There are also many sugar free treats that are satisfying and may quench the craving. Keep those around so when the urge comes, you can make sure you are not giving into to sugars. A real food such as an apple, banana, or grapes is ideal for a sweet treat without any added sugar.
Avoiding sugar is not easy, especially if you are surrounded by it on a daily basis. There are many sugar junkies in the work who surround their desk with candy dishes for everyone – stay away! Don’t walk by those tempting places, and do not bring sugary treats into your home.
Getting off of sugar is like breaking any other addiction, you have to keep working at it until you no longer have the cravings, or they are completely minimized. If you fail, don’t give up; just keep moving forward and eventually, you will succeed.
Have you ever tried quitting sugar or making healthy substitutions?