For years now, those of us watching our weight, managing our cholesterol levels or eating for a healthy heart have opted for low-sugar options. We spend hours at the grocery looking at product labels and choosing ‘100-calorie snack packs’,’ ‘light,’ ‘sugar free,’ ‘non-fat’ as our healthier options.
But why exactly do we do that? Does it really make a difference? The short answer to this would be ‘yes, it does’. Living a sugar free life not only makes your heart do the happy dance but also shows a significant decrease in your cholesterol and triglycerides. It will keep you more awake and alert during the day and better sleep at night and of course help you shed those extra pounds.
We all know that sugar is a hot topic of discussion, so what are you waiting for? START HERE! START NOW! Here are a few thoughts on how to break free from the bonds of sugar completely to live a sweet life for the years to come:
The biggest dilemma for anyone quitting sugar is what to eat for breakfast, because most typical breakfast foods include a lot of hidden sugar. Eating a good breakfast is essential to prevent sugar craving. You could start your day with a Jowar Meal as the name suggests is made from puffed Jowar flour. Being high in fiber, it is easy to digest. However, if you’re one of those that like to begin their mornings with a sweet note you could opt for a spoon of Diabetics Dezire Apple Jam on your brown bread or Dibeck biscuits, being 100% natural this Jam is sure to bring sweetness and joy into every bite!
No doubt that breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, but anyone looking to be healthier shouldn’t discount the importance of lunch. Many people make poor choices while picking up high-fat fast food or carb-heavy foods like pasta or sandwiches. This might give a quick boost of energy, but you’ll soon hit the mid-afternoon slump and start craving the junk food in the nearest pani puri or vada pao stall. The trick here is to include healthy fats, fiber and protein in each meal. You could try a mini meal of multigrain khichdi consisting of rice, wheat, jowar, bajra and moong daal along with seasoning. It contains about 14% protein and 5 % fats which makes it easy to digest and also makes you feel full and satisfies your junk craving.
The best way to avoid sugary snacks is to keep it out of your house and office. It isn’t difficult to snack on things that aren’t available to you. The danger of snacking is that sometimes people go abroad. However, this does not mean that you cannot consume any sort of snacks. If you’re trying to live a sugar free life, a smart and satisfying snack can be one tool to help maintain your blood glucose. Your snacks can include sugar free biscuits from high fiber kharis, dry fruits, peanut almond or walnut bites, roasted cashews as they contain the healthy monounsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Your last meal of the day should be kept small and eaten three hours prior to bed-time. This will avoid digestive distress, insomnia and weight gain from excess calories being stored as fat. Healthy dinner options include sugar free foods like Nutri Value Nachani dahlia idli or Rawa. Both rich source of calcium and dietary fibre keeps you full longer thus preventing excess caloric consumption.
Amazingly, reducing your sugar intake does not have to mean no desserts. You still can have great-tasting sweet treats without the high levels of added sugar. You could try sugar free sweets such as Kaju Katli, Jangiri, Gulab Jamun, Fruit Halwas etc as they have minimal impact on blood sugar and can make food taste better.
The biggest takeaway here is to get a detailed look into your prior eating habits and use this permanent detox opportunity to constantly keep your energy levels high. Following this will also keep your mood regulated by balancing blood sugar with the right combination of foods at each meal and naturally sweet foods that let you indulge in a healthy way.