We know it's not easy to keep a food journal so we aren't going to ask you to. Instead take a look at some of the ways you can enjoy your food with less sugar by simply making healthier choices and being mindful of what you are eating.
Avoid Sweetened Beverages
More than 40% of the sugar that you are consuming is coming from packaged sweet beverages like fruit punch/juice, soda, sweet tea, and lemonade. Fact – 12 ounces of soda equals 140 calories and the American Heart Association recommends less than 100 calories for women and 150 calories for men. So work on changing your habits.
Natural vs. Added Sugar
It is really important that you understand the difference between added sugars and the one that occurs naturally in certain fruits and other food items. Your main point of concern is added sugar which is added to products as a separate ingredient. Dairy products and vegetables do not have enough amount of natural sugar for you to be concerned about it. Fruits are rich in fructose which can cause problems, especially if you are diabetic.
Buy Plain Food, Add Sugar Later
You can easily find plain foods without added sugar these days. Remember, you are not looking for calorie-free sweeteners because unlike what the packaging says, they do contain sugar. Instead, what you are looking to buy is Greek Yogurt, almond milk, and oatmeal. Look for unsweetened food items instead of calorie free sweeteners. If you still find it difficult to consume food without some sweetness added to it, you can try a small teaspoon of organic honey or even maple syrup. They are also rich in anti-oxidants.
So, this year, vow to live a fitter and healthier life by making the right choices when choosing and consuming food items.