The holidays are coming up soon. It can be tempting to gobble up as many sugary treats as you can. Even if you usually stay away from sodas and desserts whenever you sit down to have a meal, you might still be consuming more sugar than you realize. Here are some ways to help you cut back, especially before you sit down to your Thanksgiving feast.
Minimize Sugar Options
One way to cut back on sugar intake is to put it away. If it is out of sight, then the chances are good that it is also out of mind. This advice goes for both white and brown sugar. Eliminate honey, syrup, and molasses too, since all of these contain sugar. Think about your breakfast routine – cereals, pancakes, and muffins could all be loaded with useless calories, and adding sweetness and creaminess to your coffee or tea doesn’t mean it has to be overfilled, either.
Drink Water, Not Soda
Staying hydrated is important. When you are dehydrated, you will know it. That’s because you will start to feel ill and more concerning, you’ll suffer headaches and feel too sleepy to get anything done. Don’t fall for the lure of diet drinks either – they aren’t much better for your health.
Eat More Fruit
A better diet will help you feel better. What this means is that you need to start eating more fruit and adding more vegetables to your meals. Balance out all of the salty and starchy foods that you tend to fall back on. These fruits can be fresh, dried, frozen, or canned. Just make sure they’re not suspended in a heavy syrup, which won’t help cut back on what you’re trying to avoid! You can also use fruit as a natural sweetener instead of sugar or any of its variants.
Look Out for Added Sugars
Many items will have sugar added to them. Added sugars are a hidden danger that you might not know you are consuming. Another simple way to decrease sugar intake is to read the labels when you are at the grocery store. Besides, it can help you learn more about potential allergens in your food that you might not have noticed before.
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