5 easy ways to cut sugar from your diet
"A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down," sang Mary Poppins, in a jingle that made so much sense to us in our childhood. We can only recount the numerous times a Snickers bar made a horrible day at the office better, or when a tub of ice-cream managed to soothe our broken hearts. But contrary to what the world's favourite fictional nanny had to say, you don't have to be a nutritionist to know that sugar is bad for you. Eating too much sugar increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and ultimately, leads to an expanding waistline. However, it's one thing to know the facts, and another to completely ignore it, especially when that afternoon chocolate craving hits. If cold turkey sounds like an impossible option to you, fret not — we've compiled a few simple ways to trick yourself into eating less sugar.
Have a well-rounded diet
When we don't eat enough, or more importantly, aren't eating the right foods, sugar cravings are more likely to creep in. With a plate full of fibre-rich carbs, protein and healthy fats, you'll constantly be kept sated, without the urge for something sweet.
Spike your water with lemon
The sharp-tasting citric acid found in this fruit cleanses the palate and curbs any sugar craving you might have after a meal. It also prevents fluctuation in your blood sugar levels by slowing down the conversion of carbs to sugar. Bonus: Your water will taste so much better.
Snack on fruits instead
They might still have sugar loaded in them but as compared to a slice of chocolate fudge cake, fruits are the much healthier option. Berries, apples, and dragonfruit can make great substitutes if you give them a fair chance.
Schedule your treats
When you allocate a specific time to indulge in a sweet treat every week, the overall damage is minimised. Absence also makes the heart grow fonder — you'll feel that extra surge of joy whenever you reunite with your ice cream cone once every two weeks. We suggest making it a Friday night special to treat yo'self.