This is week 2 of New You New Years!
This week we are going to focus on Cutting out the Sugar!
This is not a new idea. Lots of popular diets have come to the conclusion that our sugar is out of balance in our Modern diet and this is the cause of our expanding waistbands.
Management of your Sugar and Carbohydrates is crucial for weight loss and your general health.
Trim Healthy Mama knows that sugar is so important to get under control. They value a low glycemic diet in general. Serene and Pearl explain that when our system gets overloaded with too many sugar and carbs, our cells start storing extra carbs as fat in our cells. Our cells love to store carbs, so they are very eager and ready when we over eat our carbs. If we eat a moderate or low carb diet, then we can burn those carbs before they get the chance to be stored as extra fat.
Our body uses carbs and fat for primary energy sources. So you can either burn carbs or fats at one time (not at the same time). Since carbs are quick energy, those always get burned first. If there is more carbs than can be burned at one time or more fat that is waiting in line to get burned… then we have weight gain. This is why Trim Healthy Mama encourages fat and carbs to be eat separately for weight loss.
How do we cut the sugar?
Focus on eating protein and low carb foods first. These are non starchy vegetables, low carb fruits like berries, milk products like unsweetened yogurt and cheese. Good protein sources like fish, eggs, turkey, chicken and beef. Nuts and seeds are also good for getting in your nutrients. Quinoa is a lower carb “grain like” source and Chana Dal beans are low glycemic beans. Isolated Whey protein is great in a smoothie when you are on the go or need a snack in the afternoon.
Read nutrition labels and see how much sugar is in the food you are currently eating. Try to eat whole foods to limit added sugar and sweeten yogurt and smoothies yourself.
Look at my recipes to find recipes low in sugar:
Let’s talk about carbs
So you may not be adding a lot of sugar to your diet… But you eat a bowl of cereal every morning and two pieces of bread at lunch with a banana and have mashed potatoes and rolls with dinner. This diet is over-loaded with carbs… When carbs are out of balance we have weight gain.
I love Trim Healthy Mama, because it doesn’t completely cut out carbs. You just have to limit the very high carb sources like white and wheat flour, corn, bananas and potatoes for example. But you can have quinoa, brown rice and oatmeal (in a low-fat meal to keep carbs and fat separate). Eating some carbs are good and helpful for us… it is only when we get out of balance that we start having blood sugar issues and weight gain.
Why is controlling blood sugar so important?
High blood sugar shortens your life. The Mayo clinic tell us that uncontrolled blood sugar can also damage the vessels that supply blood to important organs, like the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Also eating too much sugar also feeds the bad bacteria in your system which could cause to more sickness and yeast infections.
But I have a sweet tooth!
Changing the way you eat will change your taste buds the longer you eat differently. When you cut the sugar, you will start realizing how sweet some foods really are naturally (like strawberries and other fruit). Also your cravings will reduce as you start eating more protein and less carbs. But there are sugar substitutes that are natural and won’t cause any health issues like stevia, xylitol, and erythritol.
A natural detox should help with your sugar cravings as well – usually your body will have reduced cravings when it is getting the nutrition it needs. I know the drinking Greens has really helped me reduce my cravings as well.
Tomorrow I’m going to share my thoughts about Stevia and why we use that as our primary sugar substitute. This will help reduce your sugar intake and let you satisfy your sweet tooth without affecting your blood sugar or compromising your health.
Have you tried to cut down on sugar? What are you tips?
This post has been shared at Thank Goodness It’s Monday at Nourishing Joy.