Five easy ways to eat less sugar

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As time goes on, people are becoming more aware of the negative effects of consuming too much sugar. Sure, it makes you feel good in the short term (in fact, it’s scarily addictive) – but did you know heroin and morphine both stimulate the same receptors in your brain as the sweet stuff? Fortunately, you can kick your sugar cravings. Here’s how….

1) Sprinkle on cinnamon

One of the best superfoods for optimal health, cinnamon is known to improve insulin resistance and stabilise blood sugar. This means even as little as ¼ teaspoon daily can help to reduce insulin levels, preventing sugar cravings. I recommend sprinkling it on porridge along with a bit of natural yoghurt and fresh berries – minus the honey, of course!

2) Add some chromium

A mineral that plays a significant role in regulating blood sugar, chromium prevents the insulin spikes and dips that lead directly to sweet cravings. It’s also important for your body’s energy production, so load up on broccoli, potatoes, green beans, wholegrains, beef, poultry, apples, bananas and dairy products.

3) Prep with protein

Having protein with your morning meal will help to balance your glucose levels and slash sugar cravings. Eggs are an easy option, or alternatively, just add nuts and seeds (we love Chia seeds) to your porridge or muesli. In a bit of a rush? A quick protein shake such as 4.3.2.1 Iced Coffee Diet Protein Shake will do wonders to reduce cravings, boost energy and make you feel fuller for longer.

4) Fend off inflammation

Studies have shown that inflammation in the body triggers blood glucose imbalances, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes – all of which can lead to having too much sugar. Thankfully, antioxidants are great for reducing inflammation. You can find them in oily fish like salmon and tuna (which have the added health benefits of omega-3s), wholegrains, dark leafy greens, nuts, berries, tomatoes, ginger and garlic.

5) Get more shut-eye

A third of Australian women feel their quality of sleep is low. Aside from this leading to chronic tiredness, research shows that when you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases extra ghrelin, an appetite-increasing hormone which causes cravings for sugar and refined carbs.

Do you want to cut down on sugar? How are you planning to do it?

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