I don’t know how many of you have seen That Sugar Movie – a wonderful movie, that shows how sugar seems to be in EVERYTHING (even toothpaste) and how we get highly addicted to it due to the fact that so many (mainly processed) foods contain it. And the truth is, we all eat too many processed foods.
What the movie also explains, is how weight gain can be directly associated to all added sugars in our foods. For a long time, fat was the bad macronutrient but now sugar seems to have taken over.
Before getting into some tips on how to get off sugar – that is by the way scientifically proven to be more addictive than cocaine (yep, you little addict, you!) – I want to really explain what ‘sugar’ is. Ok no, I won’t got into the details on a molecular level but it’s essential to understand the huge difference between refined, white, processed, sugar and fructose and high fructose corn syrup and carbohydrates in their unprocessed form as they can be found in starches, fruit and grains. Carbs are a real SUPERSTAR – I love, love, love carbs and they are literally the fuel for my life and day. I couldn’t work out as much as I do (recently ran my first half!) nor could I use my brain every day to work, think, write and execute tasks. Also, I didn’t make this up. This is a fact. A scientific one. Carbs equal energy. We need energy for everything we do, every day, even if we don’t move. Now, refined sugars are a different story. They come in a processed and isolated form (not like in company of fiber, vitamins and minerals as they can be found in fruit and starches) which means the body doesn’t have any more work to do – xcept for taking those refined sugars and converting them into fat storage if we eat too much of it. Too much of it, can be even very small amounts. The solution is to really be aware of it and stay away from it. So how do you do that? Well, check out these 4 tips below:
- Read.your.labels: yep, sugar is hidden everywhere. Even in some toothpaste brands. The food companies love hiding sugar in their products as it leads you to buy more and more and more of them (because, as we learned, sugar is highly addictive). So just look out for ‘added sugars’ on your products and don’t even buy the products that contain added sugars (sugar can also be called: dextrose, glucose, invert sugar, maltose, high fructose corn syrup and others).
- Find unprocessed sweet treats: I’m obsessed with dates because they are phenomenal for your sweet tooth. They are also high in vitamins and minerals so they will not only satisfy your sugar craving but also actually also nourish your body. Other great sweet treats include ripe bananas and berries (all kinds of ripe fruit for that matter) as well as a piece of chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar (because: lower glycemic index = won’t ride the sugar roller coaster).
- Don’t eat artificial sweeteners. Ever.: they honestly just keep you addicted to the sweet flavor and your body will get super confused because it’s not actually getting real sugar. Plus, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame have been linked to headaches, stomach issues and other bad side effects.
- Eat your starches: you won’t have sugar cravings if you eat your carbs. Try to include a sweet potato, oatmeal, grains and/or fruit in every meal so your body can stock up on fuel and balance your sugar cravings.
Make sure to work on this every day. Take it as daily mantra to avoid processed, white sugar and use these tips to get off it. Soon, your taste buds will change and you won’t even like things anymore if they contain refined sugar. The feeling of things being ‘too sweet’ is amazing and it just takes a couple weeks for you to get there. After that, you will be cured forever – under the condition you follow these tips forever 😉