Lately, we sure have been noticing the recent trend towards low sugar diets! There are so many different reasons to try out a low sugar diet; maybe you’re trying to lose weight, or need to cut out sugar due to health reasons like hyperglycemia, or maybe you just don’t have a sweet tooth. It can be pretty hard to avoid sugar in everyday life, especially when it’s hidden in some of your favourite foods and treats! So we’ve decided to help you out by checking out some of the foods you should be eating and the ones you should be avoiding!
Foods You Need
- Non-Starchy Vegetables- Rich in nutrients and full of vitamins, non-starchy vegetables are your best option for keeping you fuller for longer. Some of these vegetables include leafy greens, kale, mushrooms, onions, cauliflower, capsicums, peas, corn and eggplant. It’s also important to incorporate some mildly starchy vegetables such as potatoes for a more balanced diet.
- Low Sugar Fruits- Depending if you’re looking to cut out just refined sugars or all sugars too, fruit is a relatively safe option for you. Low sugar fruits such as apples, berries, limes and lemons are full of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. So remember these fruits for next time you’re reaching for that pack of biscuits!
- Dairy Products- Cheese, milk and natural yoghurt are great snacks options as they’re full of calcium and healthy carbohydrates.
- Proteins- Proteins keep you feeling full, and help reduce your cravings for those bad sugary snacks! Focus on foods like fish, poultry, eggs, meat and some nuts to keep both you and your stomach happy!
Foods To Avoid
- Sugar- We’ll just start off with the obvious! Anything from lollies, cakes and other sugary snacks which don’t contain any necessary nutrients should be avoided. Also make sure to look out on the ingredients lists on your favourite cereals, sauces and marinades which may contain some hidden sugars for you to avoid.
- Flours- Avoiding foods containing flour like donuts, fried food, pasta, pizza, cereals and white bread to make your sugar free diet much more effective!
Cutting out some of the sugar in your diet can bring some amazing benefits such as weight loss, clearer, skin, increased energy and motivation, health teeth and improved digestion and mental health. Ultimately you need to decide on the diet that fits best for you and remember not to be too hard on yourself if you have a few lollies one night. But just remember that you don’t need to eat sugar all the time, after all you’re sweet enough already!