I want to end the challenge by talking about things we can eat. Two things I want you to consider adding into your diet to help with taking the sugar OUT of your diet.
1. Protein. Protein keeps you fuller longer because you digest it slowly. Also, protein doesn’t make your blood sugar spike the way sugar does. Pick proteins like lean chicken, low-fat yogurt, eggs, nuts, or beans.
2. FAT – Yep. You read that right. One way to beat sugar cravings is to be sure you are getting some good fat in your diet. The good fats in your diet trigger the same area of the brain as the “not so great” carbs like treats, lattes, muffins, cookies, and cakes. So be sure you have some avocado, coconut oil, peanuts, nut butters (in moderation) to help FIGHT THE CRAVINGS.
If you struggle with sugar cravings at night -try adding in a bit more protein and fat to your dinner! Tell me one protein and fat you are going to eat at dinner tonight!
Sugar is sugar is sugar. I want to go back to the beginning of this series….I wasn’t eating candy bars but my body couldn’t process the sugars I was consuming in even natural foods (potatoes, fruits etc) Also making my own treats at home still had sugars in them. Honey, brown sugar, and cane juice may sound healthy. But sugar is sugar. Whether it comes from bees or sugar cane, it can cause your blood sugar to rise. Honey and unrefined sugars are slightly higher in nutrients, but their calories still count.
Here are a few places sugar can surprise you: Watch out friends and read your labels!
1. Pasta sauce
2. Cereals and crackers – obviously this one surprised me with my 20 grams in my cheerios :/
3. Fat free salad dressings
6. BBQ Sauce
8. Dried fruit
9. Packaged fruit (canned)
10. Fruit flavored instant oatmeal
HEY FRIENDS – what kind of results did you see this week? I know some of you have seen the scale move a bit and some less bloating right? Share with us!