Alright – that’s a teeny tiny bit of exaggeration right there – but it caught your attention right?
So whilst were not encouraging a life void of all sugar – we highly encourage you to join us in cleaning up your intake and cutting out the obvious and obnoxious sugars that add no nutritional value to your health what so ever.
If you’re on the slightly addicted side, where you need sugary snacks and drinks to keep you pepped and your energy levels high or you crave junk food daily you will notice a remarkable in all aspects of your health by taking on the challenge.
The first five days are rough – we’re not going to lie! It takes motivation & discipline to cut yourself out of the sugar cycle.
But the longer you stay out of it – the easier it gets.
So kicking off our series here’s our top 5 things to do to get you started …
1. Clear out your cupboards
If you’re ready to make a change to your health and you can see merit in what we say then the first place to start is in your Kitchen. Embarking on a processed sugar free plan, means steering clear of chocolate, biscuits, cakes, sweets, sugary drinks, white starchy breads & pastries, ice creams, desserts and more.
You’re also going to need to get clever at reading labels too, because processed sugar is hiding in places you would not think so obvious, like sauces, yoghurts and breakfast cereals. If this list constitutes a good portion of your kitchen, you’re going to need a clear out because this stuff is mostly off limits.
2. Stock up the fridge
Now we’ve hit you hard with what you can’t eat – the good news is you can now fill up your fridge with an abundance of what you can eat. Lots of really good quality Carbohydrates, Proteins & Fats. That’s right Fat – the good kind – added to your diet will help to stave off sugar cravings and keep you feeling full for longer so you won’t need to grab that sugar fix.
Fresh Vegetables, Nut Butters, Lean Ready To Eat Proteins such as Chicken or Tofu, Fresh Fruit, Greek Yoghurt, Eggs. Humous, Quinoa, Lentils, Spinach, Almond Milk.
Other clever kitchen essentials include nuts & seeds, olive oil, Himalayan rock salt, apple cider vinegar & herbs & seasonings so you can create your own really amazing sugar free dressings and sauces.
3. Set up a reward scheme for yourself
The first few days of cutting sugar can feel hellish for some. Your moods may be up & down, some people experience headaches, dizziness and lethargy. Others report feeling the shakes or having fuzzy head. That’s when motivation will fade and you will need to rely on discipline to push through these tricky couple of days.
So why not set up a little non food or alcohol related rewards program for yourself which could include a wellness treat for example – a treatment at your favourite spa or salon, a new pair of luxury activewear pants, even just some guilt free down time.
4. Drink Bucket loads of Water with freshly squeezed lemon
The inside of the Human Body is like an amphibious creature. Our whole system is made up of water from our skin to the trillions of cells under the skin.
Every single function of the body from the bones, muscles and organs require a liquid substance to function so ensuring we stay well hydrated is the key to health – however for the one simple purpose of trying to cut process sugars out of our life – making sure you drink lots of water will keep you feeling full and stop you feeling lethargic.
Adding a little lemon juice will also help to reduce acidity in your system which is common when we consume too much sugar. For more great reasons to fill up on H2O read our blog here.
5. Don’t go hungry
The first few days of cutting sugar out of your life might seem like a major restriction with the list of what you can’t eat feeling like it’s bigger than what you can eat. But thats not the case – In fact when you cut out processed sugar, you can eat an abundance of healthful foods that will mean you don’t go hungry – but preparation is the key.
It’s a really good idea to prepare snacks like raw chopped veg, bags of nuts & seeds or if you want to be very creative, check out some of Annie’s Sugar free recipes.