Molly McNamee | 5 Smart Ways to Cut Sugar From Diet
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5 Smart Ways to Cut Sugar From Diet

If you have made your way to my health and fitness blog, I am going to assume you know that eating a lot of sugar is not good for you. Even as a children, we all knew that if we ate all of our Halloween candy in one sitting we would get in trouble and feel sick. Too much sugar is not healthy for the body.

Recently sugar cleanses and extreme sugar-free diets have become a big thing in the dieting world. I do not recommend going to extremes to cut sugar from your diet, instead start with my tips below and gradually start eliminating added sugars from your diet.

Tip 1: Opt for natural sweeteners

If you are trying to sweeten your breakfast, don’t put in a big spoonful of sugar in there. Instead, try enhancing your meal by using natural sweeteners like fruits and cinnamon. These things can make your oatmeal or yogurt taste sweeter, but they are much better for your health.

Tip 2: Read the food labels

If you are buying a packaged food item, read the dang label! And don’t just look at calories, look at everything. Check the ingredients list for added sugars and make note of how high up the list those added sugars are. If some form of sugar is one of the first few ingredients listed, stay away! That means there is a lot in there. Comparing labels will also help you make better choices. Peanut butter is a prime example of this. Some peanut butter brands have one ingredient: peanuts. Some have three: peanuts, salt, and sugar. Some have even more! Choose the brand with the one ingredient. And if it tastes different than your normal brand, give it a chance – your taste buds will adjust.

Tip 3: Switch to cold brew

I actually don’t drink coffee, but most people do, so when I read this tip on My Fitness Pal I knew I had to share it with you all. Cold brew has a less-biting flavor than traditional coffees, so it is easier to drink without the extra milk, cream and sugars.

Tip 4: Make your own cocktails

If you are craving a sweet cocktail, make it yourself. This way you can control how much sugar you are putting into your body. This actually goes for all sweet things, if you are craving some cookies, your recipe will probably have less that a standard bakery. If you take charge of how much sugar is in your treats, you will feel less guilty for eating them.

Tip 5: No more soda

Okay, I no I said it is best to gradually get rid of things from your diet. However, soda is the exception to that rule. Just don’t drink it. Drink water instead. You can buy some flavored or bubbly water if you want a comparable fizz.