Sugar is often the biggest deterrent when it comes to maintaining sustained weight loss over the long-term. Because sugar is added to countless products, such as condiments, dressings, processed foods and juices, it’s all the more important to avoid it.
- Thoroughly survey your kitchen and get rid of all the unhealthy products lining your cabinets and fridge. You want to start clean, so that everything will run without a hitch.
- Research the sugar-free recipes you’d like to try out. There are countless websites, blogs, ebooks and print books that can give you some ideas. Sarah Wilson’s book “I Quit Sugar” and online forum are great places to start.
- A week of sugar-free eating will require proper grocery list planning. Figure out what you want to stock in your pantry and get the shopping done for the week.
- Integrate fermented foods into your diet plan. Sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and Kombucha not only nourish your intestinal flora and support immunity, but they also help to curve sugar cravings due to their sour taste.
- Eat more protein-rich foods. Stock up on eggs, fish, shellfish and grass-fed meat for instance.
- Eat healthy fats. Just like proteins, healthy fats help keep you fuller longer. Avocados, tahini, nuts, seeds and coconut oil are all wonderful options.
- Try out natural sweeteners such as stevia. Stevia is a plant-based non-caloric sweetener that will work to sweeten all your favorite desserts without the insulin spike and sugar crash.
- Eat fiber-rich foods. Fiber gives you a feeling of fullness and is best consumed in the form of green leafy vegetables. You can also add flax-meal to your cereal, yogurt and baked goods for an extra fiber boost.
- Drink 2-3 litres of water daily. Humans are made up of 70% water, so it’s important to stay well-hydrated throughout the day. If plain water doesn’t float your boat, you can try naturally caffeine-free herbal teas, freshly-squeezed vegetable juices or fruit and vegetable infused water.