- Resolve to make a food journal and keep track of what you are eating for one week. Make as many changes as you feel comfortable with at a time, but know that completely going off sugar for one week will bring about positive changes you might never have realized possible. Review your journal daily. You will be surprised at what you have kept track of and change will become easier each day.
- Start replacing snacks like chips, crackers, processed breads, cereals, pretzels, rice cakes, "food bars" and others with choices like raw nuts, raw cheeses, whole fruits and vegetables. When you find yourself going for the unhealthy variety, eat the healthy alternatives instead.
- At meal times, avoid a lot of starches and eliminate refined carbohydrates.
- Eat plenty of steamed and raw vegetables.
- Eat plenty of fruit between meals. Eating fruit with large meals can cause bloating and fermentation in the stomach, and can also lead to digestive difficulty for your digestive tract. Fruit between meals helps keep your blood sugar level and is a great snack choice that delivers nutrients and fiber.
- Eat natural grass-fed meats and pasture-raised poultry. Obese meats such as those raised on feedlots and fed corn, grain, and soy add to your overall carbohydrate and glycemic load because those meats contain less protein but more fat and calories. Healthy meats contain the correct amount of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, high protein, low fat and low calories.
- If you haven't already, begin a regimen of moderate exercise. Choose something you enjoy and can engage in for 30 to 40 minutes three to four times a week. Exercise lowers insulin levels and helps keep your blood sugar even and can aid in reducing sugar cravings.
- Make sure you are taking a good whole-foods, organically-produced vitamin supplement. Consult with a knowledgeable health care practitioner who understands nutrition for recommendations.
- Make sure you are taking probiotics that are at least 10 million strain, a good fiber product, and essential fatty acid supplementation. Consult with your health care practitioner for recommendations.
- Consider performing a candida cleanse. People who eat refined foods on a regular basis almost always have a yeast overgrowth problem. This leads to sugar cravings, fatigue, immune system deficiency, weight gain, and long-term degenerative disease. Consult with a knowledgeable complimentary health care practitioner about how to go about this important step in managing health issues.
- Obtain adequate rest and stress relief daily. Go to bed before 10:30 p.m. nightly and make sure to take time out for yourself during your busy day.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Find Ways to Reduce Sugar From Your Diet
Do you ever stop and think about how much sugar you consume each day? It may be more than you think. Sugar cravings are usually a sign of poor eating habits, in general. The more sugar and refined carbohydrates you consume, the more you'll want.If you find yourself constantly having sugar cravings and are unable to stay away from processed foods and refined carbohydrates, here are some suggestions: