The next couple of months are birthday months in our household, this makes it hard to avoid sugar and other unwanted foods. You want to be able to enjoy yourself and not feel guilty about it. It sounds easy enough but when put into play can be quite hard to achieve. Here are 5 tips on avoiding the sugar but still having a good time:
When making sweet recipes there are a variety of “healthy” alternatives on the market as alternatives to sugar. I’m here now to talk about the most common sweeteners and “debunk” the healthy claims behind them.
I don’t often indulge in sweet treats, but when I do I use rice malt syrup as a sweetener. Rice malt syrup is made from cooked fermented rice and is a combination of glucose and maltose (rather than fructose). Glucose is much easier for the cells of the body to break down, as opposed to fructose which goes straight to the liver and promotes fat storage. When you don’t eat sugar and sweet foods for a while, you don’t feel like having them and when you do have something sweet your body is able to tell you that you have had enough.
Many diets and lifestyle changes, as I like to call them, are hard to stick with due to them cutting out certain foods and learning and taking time to cook. For a lot of people this makes it hard to maintain a healthy diet. A lot of people start a diet and assume that they will be able to stick with it and if they slip up they tend to beat themselves up over it. For me, it is about baby steps.
Breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day, not only because it fuels me and sets me up for the day, but it tastes amazing. A lot of the people I know, and many people around the world don’t eat breakfast, and this needs to change.
Easter is probably the unhealthiest time of the year and while I don’t eat Easter eggs, my sisters certainly do. But throughout all the sugar and chocolate that surrounds me I am able to resist the temptations.
We all know that sugar isn’t good for us, but not many people are aware of the damages of sugar to our mood and mental health. People generally crave sugar when they’re tired, stressed and/or upset, but sugar might be the very cause of feeling that way in the first place.