Diseases that are associated with excess sugar consumption include obesity, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, mental health issues and behavioural problems.
Sugar can come in many forms and some of us are very clever in disguising our sugar habit. It is not only the white powdery stuff that can be classified as sugar but also things like dried fruits, fruit juice and flavoured yoghurts.
Some signs that you may have a problem with sugar include;
- The need for a sweet treat after each meal
- Carrying extra weight around your middle section
- Stomach bloating
- Foggy brain
- Energy slumps
- Sweet cravings
- Inability to stop at one tim tam!!
- The first step is to cut out completely the refined carbohydrates (white bread, cakes, biscuits, lollies). Try this for one week – go on give yourself a challenge, one whole week and see how you feel.
- Step two is to cut out those hidden sugars (dried fruit, fruit juice, muesli bars, sugary sauces, flavoured yoghurts). Keep on going for another week and your sugar habit should start to improve.
- Step three is to continue this for 21 days to break the habit, remember that a little bit of sugar will trigger the habit so be strong.
Have a look at any snack foods that you used to consume. As a rule you should not consume more than 10g sugar per 100g of food and that is being generous. If you have a sugar addiction you may need to keep sugar to 3-6g per 100g of food. I challenge anyone to find a “snack” food that fits this criteria…..
HAPPY SUGAR FREE DAYS….