Sugar. It’s a monster!!
Every day, I chat with women who suffer as I did with sugar addiction. It’s a real thing, girl!
Part of the problem is that some form of sugar is in nearly every food we eat
Part of the problem is that some form of sugar is in nearly every food we eat – especially processed food. I’ve even found it in garlic salt seasoning!!! Other common hiding places are: salad dressing, pasta sauce, ketchup, peanut butter, bread, and even in foods labeled “gluten free” and “organic”. In addition, most of the foods we see as labeled “fat free” have added sugar to improve taste. Sometimes it feels like you can’t win for losing. It’s no wonder so many of us struggle with the sugar monster!
Don’t despair!! We don’t have to be a victim to sugar.
One way to help win the sugar addiction battle is to be informed. Understand the different forms and labels for sugar. New requirements for food labeling reveals to us more of the true nutritional value of foods and can help us make better choices at the grocery store. Hopefully, it will also influence food companies to reduce added sugars in their products. When reading labels, keep in mind that the ingredients are listed in order of greatest amount to least.
Here are some key words to look for which are all sneaky disguises for SUGAR:
- fruit juice concentrate
- fruit juice
- cane juice
- beet sugar
- corn syrup solids
- anything that ends in -ose like fructose, glucose, maltose, dextrose
Other ways to cut back on sugar:
- Eat fresh foods that are close to the natural state. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins without sauces and marinades, and unsweetened dairy. Be careful when buying bags of frozen veggies – many come with some sort of added flavoring or sauce.
- When buying packaged foods, aim for 3-5 ingredients maximum. Make sure you can pronounce each one. For example, select almond butter or peanut butter that only has almonds or peanuts in it- nothing else.
- Skip store-bought salad dressings and make your own. There are tons of easy 3 ingredient recipes you can whip up -and they’re probably taste even better!
- If you really love the taste of sweet, try weaning yourself off with stevia flavored treats. Lilly’s brand chocolate is sugar free and super delicious. Keep it in the freezer and break off a square when you want some. Caution: If you know you can’t stop with just one square, don’t even bring it into the house.
- Include a daily dose of superfood nutrition like Shakeology. Truly, this is the ONLY thing that curved my sugar cravings. Feeding my body amazing nutrition and fresh foods was enough to break that sugar ball and chain on me.
- Don’t overthink it. Cutting back on sugar is just one part of a healthy diet. Not ALL sugar is bad and in moderation, will have no serious affect. Sometimes, you just need to allow yourself that slice of birthday cake!
As always, moderation is key. An “all or nothing” approach is only going to lead to stress and failure. Continue to educate yourself and be informed. If you’d like more information about how I beat my sugar addiction, please reach out or comment below!