Sugar, sugar, sugar! I love to hate you and I hate to love you. Since the start of the pandemic, a lot of people have turned to sugar regularly to help curb their anxiety. This has led to anything from a greater onset of preventable health problems, right through to unexpected energy level crashes. Managing your sugar consumption levels every single day means getting a grip on those regular cravings. In this guide, I’ll share how you can start the process, in order to begin to loosen the grip it might have on your day-to-day wellbeing.
Know Your Daily Sugar Intake
The biggest sugar-related problem leading to health issues is that we don’t know exactly how much sugar we consume in a given day. The recommended daily amount is no more than 6 (24g) teaspoons a day for women, and 9 (36g) for men. Going above this is surprisingly easy. A can of Coke contains the full 9 already! Artificial sweeteners may seem like a better substitute, but most of them aren’t good for prolonged use. Some types can cause a spike in blood sugar, putting you right back on the craving train a couple of hours later.
Curbing Those Cravings
Luckily, there are a couple of ways to help curb sugar cravings during the course of the day. A sweet herbal tea is likely to hit the, um… sweet spot immediately. Alternatively, a tablespoon of coconut oil should have the same effect. Kombucha, anybody? By just drinking 100ml, you will feel better while also feeling better about replacing what might have been a fizzy drink otherwise with something far healthier. A sprinkle of cinnamon on any healthy snack you have in the cupboard can help too. If all else fails, get moving and watch as you potentially forget about your sugar craving altogether.
Reading Ingredients Labels Correctly
Ever since I saw the staggering amount of sugar in tomato and barbeque sauce, reading ingredients labels has become a way of life for me. The first thing I learned was that most labels list the ingredients from the highest volume to lowest. If the first thing is sugar, you’re probably not in the healthiest region of food. The quality of the product matters too. Shopping mindfully might mean paying a little more, but your health will thank you down the line. Calculate the teaspoons of sugar per serving and measure out your portions if you want to manage your sugar consumption as effectively as possible.
If you’re serious about making healthy changes to your diet, holistic health coaching is a good way to get you on the right path. The tips I’ve mentioned here will allow you to get the process of managing your sugar intake better started. A few coaching sessions will help to solidify the changes with active support along the way. Sugar doesn’t have to get the better of you and it will eventually get easier to turn down the offer for a repeated dip in the cookie jar. Remember to take things a day at a time, do what you can to stay disciplined, and reach out to me if you need additional advice along the way.