It may be that you’ve decided you’d like to give sugar free living a go but you’re unsure where to start, or perhaps you don’t know whether to do it and if cutting out sugar is for you.
It’s worth remembering that in the beginning the best (or worst) types of sugar to eliminate from your diet are the most obvious. Any sugar in drinks, for example added sugar to tea and coffee, any fizzy drinks, sports drinks and flavoured waters. Even juices have a high concentration of sugars and should be avoided.
The other form of sugar to avoid is that in snacks – sweets, chocolates, biscuits and cakes. To begin with, I admit, it’s hard to do without these ‘staple’ snacks! You may be thinking what will I have with my morning coffee/afternoon tea?!
To begin with I found that corn cakes with peanut butter were the closest substitute to an afternoon biscuit that satisfied my craving. But as time has gone on my list of sugar free snacks has become extensive and the combinations have become increasingly adventurous.
Here is a list of foods that I use to snack on. I create different combinations with the below snacks and ingredients, my current favourite being Philadelphia on carrot sticks, which is something I would never have thought of but now I crave.
Nuts – mixture of your favourite nuts (I use unsalted nuts)
Cheeses – my favourites include:
Somerset Brie (I try to keep produce organic/British where I can)
Full fat cottage cheese
Organic mild cheddar
Full fat Philadelphia
Crackers and crispbreads:
Mrs Crimbles gluten free cheese crackers
Kallo corn cakes
Variety box of crackers
Clementines – although any fruit and veg can be used to snack on.
Fage Total Greek yogurt (full fat)
Any combination can be used but here are some of my favourites:
Almond butter on apple, Philadelphia on carrot, any cheese and cracker combination, celery with cottage cheese topped with a walnut half
To be fair, at the very beginning of a sugar free trial, I can’t see a problem with snacking on anything, provided it’s not sweet. Those initial days are the hardest and should be used to break the sweet-craving-eat-sugar cycle. As time goes on, your cravings and appetite should regulate meaning you can snack on the healthier alternatives if you prefer.
A colleague of mine was upset this week because she snacked on a packet of crisps on her second sugar free day. I think that’s ok!! It’s not a diet, it’s a change in an addiction so indulging in something, provided it doesn’t contain sugar, is OK in my book. I certainly did.
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Read all about the start of my sugar free lifestyle and why I decided to try it out here.
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