By Sarah Weaver, Cheltenham Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist
With its harmful effects on metabolism and its contribution to a number of diseases, too much sugar is a major health concern. Limiting your sugar intake is a definite MUST DO for anyone looking to take better care of their health. Here are a few ideas to help you on your way to a healthier body and slimmer waistline…
Wise up to hidden sugars
Many foods are deceptively hiding a scary amount of sugar in them, despite good health promises on the packaging. Good examples of these are some ‘low fat’ yoghurts and many breakfast cereals. Did you know some ‘low fat’ yoghurts have up to 5 teaspoons of sugar per pot and some breakfast cereals have been found to have up to 37% sugar in! Make an effort to check your food labels; types of sugar to look out for include glucose, sucrose, maltose and hydrolysed starch
Keep healthy snacks at hand
Whether you are prone to opting for sugary snacks at work or are reaching for them as a quick ‘pick me up’ when rushing around in your home life, keep a stash of healthy snack options available to you at all times. Healthy alternatives could be unsalted nuts with raisins, pitta and a healthy dip, unsalted rice cakes with cream cheese, salad sticks and so on…get creative!
Choose your drinks carefully
100% fruit juice has just as much sugar as Coke or Pepsi! Be cautious when selecting your alcoholic drinks also; did you know that a pint of cider can have as much sugar in as is recommended to be in an average person’s daily limit. Opt for ‘light’ beers and dry wines, which are much lower in sugar, as are spirits and soda water. Swap fruit juice for water or fruit tea, juice is actually not the healthiest way to get one of your 5 a day!
Go Home Made!
For biscuits and cakes HALF the sugar on the recipe and bring in flavour with spices such as cinnamon. You probably won’t even miss that extra sugar! Shop-bought sauces and soups also conceal considerable amounts of sugar, so make a batch of your own pasta sauces, soups and anything else you can concoct. This can also work out much cheaper than sugar-laden shop versions
Make a proper commitment and tell others about your plans to eat healthier
Make your intentions clear to yourself and others, this way you are far more likely to stick to them. Clear out your cupboards and write out a diet plan of healthier options.
If you are interested in finding out how Sarah Weaver Therapies can help you change your eating habits FAST and with CONFIDENCE, contact the Sarah at Hypnotherapy Clinic Cheltenham today for your FREE consultation. Gastric Band Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnosis for weight loss.