We all know sugar is bad right? We all know we need to eat less of it, but it has been engineered into food to make us want more of it. It’s incredibly addictive and very hard to quit. Here are our top tips for quitting sugar for good! (Plus our awesome recipe for sugar free banana bread)
- Learn to read labels – most processed foods contain a huge amount of sugars, often under different names you don’t identify as sugar. Become savvy on how to read food labels. Some common sugars with different names include: corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, malt syrup, sucrose, evaporated cane juice, barley malt, treacle, molasses, diatase, caramel
- Don’t keep treats in the house – if they’re not there you can’t be tempted to eat them.
- Stop drinking sugar – fruit juice, cordial, soft drinks all contain an immense amount of sugar. What makes them worst is they are consumed quickly and lack any substance in the form of fibre or fat to help your body better process them. Increase your water intake which will help you feel fuller and quench any thirst that may be disguised as cravings.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep – lack of sleep leads to overeating and junk food cravings. Those who are well rested make better food choices throughout the day.
- Eat real food – then you don’t need to negotiate confusing labels. Eating food as nature intended will ensure you steer clear of excess sugar. Start by introducing new wholefoods every day and work on crowding out the bad with the good rather than focusing on what you can’t have.
- Use herbs and nutrients – there are some key herbs and nutrients that can help keep those sweet cravings at bay. Gymnema AKA ‘sugar destroyer’ is a traditional herb for reducing cravings and works well with fenugreek and cinnamon. Nutrients involved in managing sugar in our body include chromium, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium and B complex vitamins.
Sugar free Banana Bread
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups over ripe banana, mashed (approx. 3 bananas)
2 cups almond meal
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons baking powder (or alt. ¼ tspn baking soda)
1 teaspoon vanilla powder or essence
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180C.
In a mixing bowl whisk eggs, add mashed banana and continue to whisk until combined.
Add in almond meal, baking powder, cinnamon, coconut oil and vanilla, mix until combined well.
Pour batter into a lined loaf tin.
Bake in oven for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through.
Tips – if you like your banana bread nutty, add in ½ cup chopped walnuts or hazelnuts.
For an added antioxidant boost stir through ½ cup of blueberries before pouring into the loaf tin.