Preparation is KEY! I cannot emphasize that enough! Writing down meal planning and snack ideas are a must, finding appealing recipes and making a grocery list is a MUST, sticking to it best you can is a MUST!!! Ok so it’s not that strict! You can add variety thoughout your planning but you need to retrain your brain so you are not grabbing your “go-to” sugary snacks.
So what is sugar and all of it’s secret hidden names and forms?
- Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include: glucose or dextrose, fructose and galactose.
- Table sugar or sucrose is a disaccharide as is lactose and maltose.
- icing sugar, brown sugar, syrups, “aspartame”, agave, sweetners, stevia, sucralose, saccharin, polyols (sugar alcohols).
- Evaporated cane juice, alcohol, fruit juice
- Cane sugar, corn syrup, honey, maple syrup and molasses.
- Other foods to avoid: Soy, vinegar, breads, dairy
Look at your food labels to uncover all the sneaky ways sugar enters processed foods. Besides the sugars, how many other names are hard or impossible to pronounce. A good way to think about these foods is that is what your body is being made up of. Let’s shift our body makeup from Dimethicone and methylparaben to carrots and coconut oil!!
Studies have shown the average person consumes approximately 55lbs of sugar a year. Now whether this study is bang on or not is not important, but the fact that our society consumes WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR is Very Important! A large portion comes from drinks (pop and juices). Something to think about this long weekend 😉
High sugar diets are linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alzehimer’s disease, tooth decay. So do you really need more convincing?! NO… Ok then let’s get planning! So I listed the sugars in all forms to avoid so what to include??
- Foods low on the glycemic list to avoid high spike in blood sugar.
- Lots of Vegetables including all the green ones (No potatoes, for now, but yes to sweet potatoes and other root veggies)!
- Lean meats (turkey, chicken, beef, lamb), Eggs, and fish (grass fed and free range if possible)
- Grape seed, olive, and coconut oil, avocado, almonds, macadamian nuts, other nuts, seeds
- Quinoa, brown rice
- Unsweetened chocolate
Please feel free to add any great recipe sites you come across in the comment box, there are many!