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Tips for Reducing Sugar, Part 1

Why do you need to cut down on sugar? There are many reasons: reduce your cravings, have better skin, reduce your frequency and severity of headaches, have more energy and feel better overall. So how do you do it?

Today’s tip is all about eating whole foods! Focus on lots of veggies, lean meats, nuts and seeds, whole grains and some fruit.

Veggies: Lots of leafy greens! You should have some every day and rotate them so you get a variety. They naturally fill you up and give you energy, helping to reduce cravings for sugar and caffeine. Include as many veggies every day as you can – and some at every meal.

Lean meats: If you’re a meat eater, stick with organic, pasture raised chicken and fresh, wild, line-caught fish for most of your meat options. Keep red meats like beef, pork and wild game to once per week. Also, don’t eat meat at every meal.

Nuts and Seeds: Include these often, as they are a great source of protein and healthy fats. Make your own trail mix using whatever types you like! Purchase them in bulk to save money and always buy them unsweetened.

Whole grains: So what is a whole grain? Brown rice, quinoa, barley, oats, etc. Eat just a couple servings per day – a serving is 1 cup. Whole grains do not include pasta, whole wheat bread, cereal, bagels or other processed goods.

Fruit: Fruit is good for you, but it still contains sugar. Keep it to 2-3 servings per day. A serving is one small piece of fruit or one cup of berries or grapes. Try to eat your fruit earlier in the day, rather than in the afternoon or evening.

What is your biggest challenge with your daily diet?

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