Low Sugar Options

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Reducing your sugar intake is key to weight reduction.
Some options are:
Plain Greek yogurt- you control the sugar by adding fresh or frozen fruit
Sugar free jello
None sugary cereal
Fresh fruit
Home made fruit smoothies

When shopping I tend to stick to the items with less than 9 grams of sugar. The food labels may say ‘low calorie’ or ‘low fat’ but how much sugar does it have?

Clean eating does require time and can be a challenge until you get hang of it. You have low carb, low fat, low calorie, none gluten… The list goes on and on. You just have to start and find out what works for you. When shopping, I look for low sugar content, low sodium, high fiber and high protein (the last two are the once that will keep you more satisfied longer). I do a comparison and choose the items that meet what I’m looking for.

As I said, before, it’s all about starting; you can tweak your plan as time goes on. So, go ahead and start today.

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Persistence Not Perfection

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Making a lifestyle change does not have to be drastic. Not many can just dive right in and start living a completely clean lifestyle. Some times it may take slow gradual changes in order to stick with the life style change.

One of the biggest reason for excessive weigh is consuming too much sugar. Eating too much sugar is linked to weight gain and various diseases like obesity, type II diabetes and heart disease. Sugar provides calories with no added nutrients and can damage your metabolism in the long run.

It is important to make the distinction between added sugars and sugars that occur naturally in foods like fruits and vegetables. These are healthy foods that contain water, fiber and various micronutrients. The naturally occurring sugars are absolutely fine.

The first step toward your weight loss effort is to decrease your sugar intake. Another step is cutting out the late night eating. I believe that if you start by following these steps, you will see results. If you want to lose weight and optimize your health, then you should do your best to avoid foods that contain added sugar.

Step 1-Reduce your sugar intake:
1. When choosing your food items or beverages, choose items with less than 9 grams of sugar.
2. Natural sugar in fruits and vegetables are fine.

Step 2– Stop the Late Night Eating:
My normal meal time is 7pm. I do not eat within 2 hours of my bed time,
What I recently started doing is cutting back on my carbs as it gets later in the day. I have not eliminated carbs from my diet, I just eat them earlier in the day and chose the right ones.
The rule of thumb is not to go to directly to bed after consuming your meal.

Start with these two simple steps and see what happens. Let’s give it 30 days.

When it comes to taking care of yourself, eating healthy and exercising… there should be no “I’ll start tomorrow, or I’ll start next week.” Don’t wait. Nobody is perfect, you just have to do more good than you do bad and find your balance.

It’s not perfection that will get you to your goal; it’s persistence.

You only get one body so take care of it…. No excuses.