Amanda over at Run to the Finish requested I write a post on ways to prepare to be Sugar-Free. It was such a great idea that I had to oblige. Also, I am going to be starting a sugar-free challenge on my blog. Click HERE to do the challenge!
Kick Sugar’s Butt!
- Clear your mind. De-stress yourself. Think of all the great things you can do for your body when you eliminate sugar. You will feel refreshed and alive. Put your whole mind and body into being sugar-free, and do it because you love yourself!
- Get rid of the sugar in your house. Throw away (or donate?) your cane sugar, honey, artificial sweeteners, candy, cake, soda, and any other sugar that might be hiding in your pantry. You don’t need them anymore. Also, check your breads, condiments, cereals, protein/breakfast bars, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, and pasta sauces to see if sugar is lurking in there.
- Stock your kitchen with good food. Buy lots of fresh produce: fruits and veggies. If you can eat nuts, stock up on nuts (best bought in bulk because they are less expensive) and nut butters. When buying nut butters, make sure the only ingredients are nuts and salt (or no salt). Most peanut butter add extra sugar and hydrogenated oils. Buy whole grains like oats, brown rice, and quinoa. Buy protein like meat, fish, eggs, or beans (if buying canned, check to make sure there is no added sugar). Buy healthy fats like extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil.
- Check the ingredients. I’ve mentioned some places where sugar hides above. Sugar hides in the most unexpected places, so check the ingredients before you buy (or place it in your mouth!).