10 Day No Sugar Challenge - Distract Yourself To Survive

When the cravings arrive, which they inevitably will, it's good to distract yourself with an alternative sweetness. Often sugar is simply a treat or a reward, so plan out activities that can take the place of the comfort you draw from sugar. If you're at work and feel like a snack, get up, make a cup of green tea, stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh air.

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10 Day No Sugar Challenge - Eat More Fat

You what? Did I hear you right? Are you kidding me? Not at all! Once you stop eating sugar, the best thing you can do is replace it with fat and some protein. Unprocessed fats and quality protein of course such as, eggs, cheese, nuts and coconuts.

There are two reasons for this...

1) Fat takes care of the craving for a 'treat' - which is part of the sugar addiction. If you replace your afternoon sweet treat for a fatty, protein-rich food you won't feel like you are denying yourself.

2) Fat and protein fill you up. They curb the cravings. Fat, proteins and carbs have corresponding appetite hormones that act as messengers to the brain to control your appetite. YOU DON'T GET FAT FROM EATING FAT AND PROTEIN, our bodies ensure this. We get full.

Some examples of good fats - coconut oil, organic butter, olive oil, walnut oil, animal fat and full fat dairy.

Fat activates your metabolism by synthesising several important vitamins, including Vitamin D. Eating (good) fat can help you lose weight...FACT!

10 Day No Sugar Challenge - Your Guide To Sugar

Some of the worst examples of sugar are;

  • White refined sugar - that comes in packets and you stir into your tea or cake mixtures
  • Fruit juices - these are basically just sugared water with very little vitamin or mineral content
  • Bad carbs - white bread and pasta, cereals and cereal bars
  • Alcohol - basically all sugar
  • Cakes, sweets, biscuits, ice cream - need I say more?
  • Low fat foods - products such as diet yoghurts, breakfast cereals, muffins and energy drinks are all packed with sugar. Low fat does not mean healthy.
  • Any ingredient ending in 'ose - sugar is often hidden in words such as these. Always read the labels.

Sugar comes in many different forms so when reading food labels look out for the following types. Each one is just sugar by a different name and many packaged products can contain more than one type.

high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, sucrose, dextrose, fructose, sucanet, turbinado sugar, beet sugar, maltose, sorbitol, mannitol, erythitol, aspartame, saccharin, Nutrisweet, Splenda, cyclamate, sucralose, Acelsulfame-K.

As a general rule. avoid anything that lists sugar, in any of its guises, in its first three ingredients!