Processed-foods

How To Eat Less Sugar

With authors such as Sarah Wilson discussing their struggles with sugar, the uprise of raw caf├ęs, and also #eatingclean becoming trendy topics over the last few years, it seems as though everyone is suddenly quick to cut out sugar. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle sans-processed sugar, read our tips on how to eat less of it each day.

Say goodbye to processed foods

One of the most effective ways to cut out sugar is by cleansing the body from overly processed foods – which could be the reason for those extra kilograms around your thighs and tummy. Instead, snack on organic foods such as raw almonds, fresh vegetables and wholemeal grains. Not only will these foods keep you fuller for longer, but they are fresh and full of necessary vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional facts

Read up on the nutritional facts which are usually located on the back of boxes or packets of processed food. This will usually be a good representation if a particular product has any added sugar, and the recommended daily intake for an adult.

Spring cleaning

If you want to adapt this eating habit for a prolonged period of time, it’s time to give the pantry a good clean. Remove products from your home which could potentially lead you off track, or even result in a major binge-eating marathon. The usual suspects include chocolate, sweets and dry chips. Don’t forget to give the freezer a once-over! Restock the fridge with fresh fruits and frozen vegetables which will come in handy while you’re making your meals.

Meal preparation

To avoid buying out, prepare your meals the night before. This could include salads, sandwiches, soups and almost anything else which can be popped into an air-tight container and stocked into the fridge for the next day. Prepare your snacks and store them in a zip-lock bag for your handbag, home and even at work.

Don’t skip breakfast

Whether you have 5 or 50 minutes to get ready in the morning, always make time for a nutritious breakfast. While sugary cereals are often attractive (and easy to prepare) first thing in the morning, substitute them for wholemeal alternatives such as porridge and oatmeal. You can then make them tasty with fresh fruits and other super foods.

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August 11, 2014

5 Ways To Cut Out Processed Food

Unfortunately for many of us, processed food is part of the daily intake of for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Going ‘green’ is a lifestyle choice that is no doubt trending at the moment, with many people switching to a plant-based diet for a healthier life. If this switch seems too far-fetched for you, read up on our top five ways to cut out processed food from your diet.

Buy fresh food

Fresh fruit and vegetables are great to constantly keep around the home or office, to avoid snacking on nasty refined sugars. Apples, oranges and bananas are all quite filling and should tide you over until the next main meal of the day.

Stop binge eating

Keeping to a strict diet can only work for so long, since your body will be craving sugar or processed food that it’s been accustomed to having. Such diets have expiry dates that will leave you binging instead of cutting out these nasty foods altogether. Rather, choose to take it step by step and listen to your body throughout the process.

No more soft drinks

Keep to drinking tea and water as your main drinks which can be naturally sweetened with lemon and honey. You’re probably sick of hearing that soft drinks are toxic to healthy oral hygiene, and make it harder to achieve a clean body from the inside out. Limit fruit juices to once a week, and if you’re craving something sweet, consider eating a seasonal fruit.

Bye-bye fast foods

Fast foods are tempting because they are easy to get your hands on, and take about no time at all to prepare. These types of foods hold a tremendous amount of trans fats which are toxic to a healthy body. Try to keep away from anything deep fried in oil.

Whole grains instead of whole wheat

Whole grains are healthier and much more filling than traditional whole wheat products. An easy transition for anyone who suffers from coeliac disease and requires a gluten-free lifestyle. Choosing whole grain products helps to lower the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 14, 2014