We have all been reading the headlines and we all know now that sugar needs to be removed from our diets but that’s not to say that it’s easy to do. Sugar is everywhere. It has hundreds of different names and it’s hidden in so much of the food that we eat. We need to understand why are brains are craving sugar. If you are not experiencing wicked sugar cravings and you spend less time pining over it, then eating low sugar suddenly becomes a whole lot easier. Removing sugar from our daily intake is hard and I am going to share some different ideas as to how you can do it and move forward.
Breakfast should include Protein.
In our supermarket, the cereal aisle is the one that stands out the most. It’s a super simple way to eat breakfast BUT those same cereals are LOADED with refined sugars and they will set you up for a roller coaster ride with your blood sugars. This will lead you to eat more sugar and then crave more sugar. Get off the roller coaster and have a high protein breakfast in the form of a smoothie with Bariatric Protein Powder or two eggs and a half avocado. You can boil the eggs and then add a bit of butter to them or scramble them with some mozzarella cheese and veggies.
Don’t forget your healthy fats.
Healthy fats are going to stabilize blood glucose levels and this means less sugar crashes and less hunger. Cut open an avocado or sprinkle some chia seeds in your smoothie. Add a dash of coconut oil to your scrambled eggs or a pat of grass-fed butter to your fried eggs. Eat healthy fat to feel more satisfied for a longer period of time.
Cinnamon balances blood sugar.
Why not add a bit of cinnamon to your smoothie or coffee ? Cinnamon is able to increase your cells sensitivity to insulin. Replace the sugar with sprinkle of cinnamon.
Be prepared for snacks.
Don’t let hunger derail your efforts to reduce your sugar consumption. Makes sure to have snacks ready to go. Nuts and seeds are easy to pack with some string cheese and some cut up veggies. Always have something on hand so that you are prepared.
Get sufficient sleep.
If you are tired, you are going to have sugar cravings. One bad night of sleep can increase gherlin which is your hunger hormone. Make sleep a priority.
Sugar is hidden everywhere. It is in your bread and pasta sauce and “healthy cereal”. Become a professional label reader. Make sure that the food you purchase does not have any sugar hidden in it.
It’s not easy try to go sugar free when sugar is in so much of the food we eat today. Take control of your nutrition and try to shop on the outside of the supermarket. That is where you will find the fresh food items like vegetables, fruits, meats, poultry and eggs.
Reach out if you have questions and congratulations for putting yourself first.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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