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Natural Ways to Remove Sugar from your Diet

At MBX we believe changing bad eating habits is just a matter of mindful eating. But stopping a bad eating habit is not as easy as just wanting to stop. It’s important to make conscious decisions when choosing what to eat throughout the day. I think we all already know sugar is not good for you and it is my personal belief you should remvove sugar from from your diet completely . Eating sugar is like flipping on a switch that tells your body to store fat. Here’s what happens: Every time you eat sugar, your blood-glucose level rises quickly, this stimulates the release of insulin, a powerful hormone that signals your body to STORE FAT!!! But removing sugar from your diet is easier said than done. So start with baby steps.

1 | Look for NATURAL low-glycemic sweetner alternatives

I emphasized “natural,” because at MBX we DO NOT believe in ingesting chemicals such as artificial sweetners. Read my “Zero Calorie Myth” blog post for more details. For now let’s focus on understanding the Glycemic Index (GI) in natural alternatives.
The GI ranks specific carbohydrates from zero to 100, based on how they affect your blood sugar levels after eating them. Eating foods that have a high GI (such as white bread and soda) causes a spike in blood sugar levels. Using a natural low-glycemic sweetner is a great way to remove sugar from your diet as it will help maintain your blood-glucose (blood sugar) leveled throughout the day, which will eliminate the rollercoaster ride of the sugar high and sugar low. When you consume higher GI sugars such asre white refined table sugar the rollercoaster takes you to the peak. Then when you crash from your sugar high, you crave more sugar. Therefore, by going with a sweetner that doesn’t spike up your blood sugar level to begin with, ultimately you will not crave more sweets thereby reducing the chances of storing fat.

MBX Helpful Tip

Try Raw Honey— raw honey is given a GI of 30, which puts it in the low range. This is much lower than table sugar, which is somewhere around 60. However, honey has a very strong distinctive flavor, so if it doesn’t work in your morning latte, because it over powers the taste, try Coconut Sugar. Coconut Sugar is given a GI of 35, which again is much lower than table sugar and should help significantly reduce the chances of an energy crash.

2 | Replace Sugary Packaged Products with Fruit

A great way to remove sugar from your diet is to eat fruit! When you feel that energy crash around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, instead of reaching for the office sugary treats, have an apple. Apples have fiber which will help satiate the hunger craving, and the natural sugar will give you that energy boost needed to get through the afternoon. If you still feel a little hungry, try also having a handful of plain raw almonds. Almonds contain healthy fats and fiber, which will help curb the hunger. Almonds also have protein, magnesium and vitamin E, which are great in providing you with glowing skin. More importantly, another added health benefit of almonds includes lower blood sugar levels. The lower your blood sugar levels, the less chances of craving more food unnecessarily, which leads to overeating!

MBX Helpful Tip

Eat Fruit—Fruit should always be your go to when craving something sweet. The sugar in fruit is NOT the one to avoid. However, fruit is not as easy to find when you’re out and about. So try packing an apple or a banana with you everywhere you go so you always have a healthy option readily available.

3 | AVOID WHITE BREAD!

White bread clocks in with a glycemic index of 71, which you would be surprised to know is the same as the average “wheat bread.” Avoiding white bread is another great way to remove sugar from your diet! Make sure you read your ingredient labels! A lot of seemingly “healthful” foods, such as Whole Wheat Bread are a mixture of poor quality ingredients, such as enriched flour, which gives you a sugar spike and crash without any nutritional value. Basically, enriched flour means nutrients are stripped from the bread therefore reducing the fiber content and increasing sugar in the bloodstream. In addition, they usually contain several types of added sugars, like high-fructose corn syrup. A HUGE NO NO if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight, my MBX followers!!!

MBX Helpful Tip

White bread clocks in with a glycemic index of 71, which you would be surprised to know is the same as the average “wheat bread.” Read your ingredient labels! A lot of seemingly “healthful” foods, such as Whole Wheat Bread are a mixture of poor quality ingredients, such as enriched flour, which gives you a sugar spike and crash without any nutritional value. Basically, enriched flour means nutrients are stripped from the bread therefore reducing the fiber content and increasing sugar in the bloodstream. In addition, they usually contain several types of added sugars, like high-fructose corn syrup. A HUGE NO NO if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight, my MBX followers!!!

 
Sugar is in everything these days, because it is a cheap and easy preservative in foods that provides a longer shelf life. But if you follow my suggestions and make sure you avoid the high glycemic sugars, you will definitely see and feels the results!

Disclaimer

Although my blog topics can be very beneficial to your overall health, they are not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. All content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of published information on or through my website, blog, e-mails, programs and services. However, the information may inadvertently contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. Every effort has been made to present you with the most accurate, up-to-date information, but because the nature of diet, fitness and health research is constantly evolving, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of our content.

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