It’s not easy.
Trying to make a change.
You’re realizing that your health is more important than anything. Yet, you find it hard to reach your goals..
Although you’ve been able to cut out the potato chips and the fast food, you still struggle with eating too much sugar.
You know that cutting added sugars from your diet will make all the difference.
But you are a creature of habit and bad habits are hard to break!
The truth is –
Confronting and overcoming your addiction to sugar is much like breaking down a stone wall with your bare hands. It won’t budge unless you have the proper tools.
If you’re serious about reducing the amount of added sugars in your diet, then these 5 foods can serve as the tools you need to get closer to your sugar consumption goals:
1. Sweet Potatoes
You can literally live off of sweet potatoes as they contain many of the nutrients you’d get from eating a variety of vegetables and fruits. This root vegetable is excellent for curbing your sugar cravings. Not only can one sweet potato fill you up, but it is also naturally sweet. Just bake a sweet potato in the oven for 45 minutes at 425 degrees. Eat it straight out the oven or store it until the next day so that it’s even sweeter.
One date contains only 4.5 grams of sugar – all that you need to sweeten things up! You can simply add a few to your oatmeal or even bake them into your cakes, homemade granola bars, and cookies. The natural sweetness of these fruits is almost identical to sugar with a texture that is tender and smooth.
Some spices like ginger give your taste buds a zing while also providing a small hint of sweetness. If ginger is too strong for you, then you can try cinnamon, which can be used in almost any dish as it pairs well with both sweet and savory foods. You may find cinnamon to be a bit too much of a spice and if that’s the case, then try nutmeg. It’s very similar to cinnamon, but more subtle in its flavor.
Berries are basically the candy of fruit. Aside from your average strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, there are other berries that can also satisfy your sweet tooth. Like goji berries, mulberries, blackberries, and acai berries. All of these berries can be used in dishes to add a natural sweetness without skyrocketing your blood pressure.
You can pretty much take all the foods we’ve discussed up until now, throw them into a blender, add some almond or cashew milk with a little water and WAHLAH! Smoothies are probably the closest you can get to replicating an ice cream sundae with healthy ingredients. They’re easy to make, contain a blast of nutrients, and taste yummy through a straw!
Whenever your sweet tooth starts kickin’, it’s important you understand one thing – the most difficult part of cutting down on sugar is breaking the emotional ties you have to your favorite junk foods.
If you tend to emotional-eat on a daily basis, then foods like ice cream, cookies, and cakes may be the only solution you’ve found to fill a hole you feel within.
Yet, the best way to close this hole is to nurture and love your body. Sugar only teaches your body that when it’s feeling sad or hurt, there’s an immediate fix. Eat a Snickers. Drink a coke. Heat up those cinnamon rolls. Yum!
But your body is all you got at the end of the day. And your ability to wake up at 6 AM or go for a run at night depends on how you choose to fuel your body.
So make choices that will help you STAY ready and keep you STRONG!
Try keeping a food diary to measure your progress. Ask yourself questions like, “What did I eat for breakfast?” and “How did I feel in that moment?”
The more in tune you become with your body, the less you’ll have to worry about in the long run.