Refined sugar is everywhere and cutting it of your diet is not easy at all. You would have to say no to many juices, barbecue sauces, pastries and a whole lot of other sweet threats. However, there are few changes you can adopt and implement into your daily eating routine that will make your “sugar withdrawal symptoms” a lot easier to deal with. Read further to discover a few important ways and tips for cutting out refined sugar.
The first step to cutting out refined sugar is starting to read packaging labels very carefully. Always choose “sugar free” or “no sugar added” products.
Absolutely avoid products with labels carrying ingredient names that end with -ose. Sucrose, levulose, cellulose, dextrose and fructose are just different forms of sugar. They can be hidden in products where you least expect to find them, such as ketchup, salad dressings, different sauces, sodas and many other foods that are not necessarily sweet.
Stay away also from natural and organic sugars. They may be organically grown and processed without chemicals, but they are still sugars and they are not always unrefined.
Don’t go cold turkey. You could experience withdrawal symptoms and end up having serious “sweet relapses”. Reduce refined sugar intake gradually.
Replace refined sugar with natural sweeteners and raw unrefined sugars.
Fruits, vegetables and starches are rich in natural sugars, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They contain complex carbohydrates that will keep your sweet cravings at bay and your blood sugar levels stable.
Complex carbohydrates are made up of many sugar units, which are more difficult to break down, and are therefore absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream more gradually than simple sugars. This keeps blood sugar levels stable, preventing you from needing quick supplies of sugar to provide energy.
Anxiety, nervousness, frustration, depression and other negative emotional states often make us seek psychological comfort from foods, and from sweets, in particular. Try to determine the real causes of your sugar cravings and if they are of psychological nature, focus on controlling them, by helping yourself lead a healthier and more fulfilling emotional life.
Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.
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