Powerful ways to control your sugar-free diet
When I talk to my clients about their new diet changes and have a sugar-free diet be a part of it, it can let to much overwhelm. Most of them believe that this means spending hours over hours in the kitchen, cooking their foods day in and day out.
Honestly, that is how I spend most of my time when it comes to controlling my sugar intake, as to me this is the only and the truest way of being in control over the ingredients that go into my food.
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It does not have to be that way for everyone else. This depends on;
- your skills in the kitchen,
- do you enjoy cooking
- do you hate cooking
- the time frame that is available to you
- how many people are you feeding on a daily basis
- how many other dietary restrictions do you have
I happen to like being in the kitchen, I love to cook and bake and therefore I make it my priority and plan most of my time around it and that works for me.
The most common question I ask my clients is “How much time do you want to spend in the kitchen on a daily basis?” And we go from there, creating a plan that will help them inject as many of the dietary benefits as needed without becoming Betty Crocker.
5 powerful ways of a sugar-free diet
So, let me share a few things that you can start doing today while controlling your sugar-free diet
- Home cooking
- Meal prepping
- Bulk cooking
- Label reading
- Go with non-processed foods
As I mentioned earlier is one of the most controlled ways when it comes to your food. I know it can be time-consuming, but with this, each meal is being prepared in your kitchen. You can even go as far as preparing snacks, treats, and desserts. Of course, this is decided by your comfort level and time frame.
When I talk about home cooking I do refer to cooking from scratch, not boxed or premixed items. Everything needs to be made from true ingredients such as farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, organically grown ingredients, and humanly raised animal products. This can also get expensive but there are ways of making this process more financially affordable, find 7 ways that have helped me with staying within my budget.
If you are someone that enjoys the kitchen or would like to learn how to, I give virtual cooking lessons that fit your gluten-free lifestyle, and digestive health;
If this is something you are open to doing, this is definitely the way for you.
is a very officiant way to cook and prepare meals for the week ahead. This is usually done by spending 1-2 days a week in the kitchen cooking and preparing one meal at the time that will last you for a period of 3-5 days. This is a great way of cooking at home but not spending too much time in the kitchen. The only thing is, you have to be open to eating the same foods for a few days in a row.
is something I like to do a lot, it gives me the opportunity to double the amount I cook, which then I can either use for the next day or freeze for the days I don’t want to cook. If you are someone that doesn’t mind cooking large amounts and has the cookpots for it, this is definitely something that can be very convenient and also cost-effective. This has helped me in the past in saving time in the kitchen especially on the days that I am most busy.
I can just grab something from the freezer in the morning and by the time dinner comes around it is all defrosted and only needs heating up. Soups, stews, casseroles are great for this kind of cooking. I actually just bulk cooked ahead of time before we left our home in Connecticut, traveling across the country to find our new home out west while spending 6 weeks in a camper. Having these soups sit in the freezer has come extremely handy on our travel days. Grab my chili recipe;
is a great way of telling how much sugar has been added to the processed food you are buying. The one thing that is helpful with this is knowing your sugars and sugar substitutes, I created a free guide “the 411 on hidden sugars” because remember there is a difference between natural sugars and added sugars, sugars from fruits or vegetables or added cane, corn sugars.
Grab yours to help you recognize these hidden sugars. While reading the calorie and nutritional scales is important it is more important that you read the ingredients on the label. Most times added sugars that have been listed under the ingredients aren’t added into the nutritional values on the charts. Often it only states sugars in grams per serving, not how much from added sugars.
Free Guide The 411 on Hidden Sugars: https://www.healthyforfood.com/the-411-on-hidden-sugars/
Go with non-label foods,
these foods are non-processed foods, called wholefoods, grown by nature, they don’t need to have any kinds of labels as they have nothing added, so no sugars can be added to an apple, carrot, or anything else in that category. Second-guessing is never needed while choosing these foods. They are easy, as they can be eaten on the go, raw, stuck into a pocketbook for a healthy snack, or added to a wholesome meal. Read my blog on how wholefoods helped with my digestion.
How do these 5 powerful ways help you?
With these powerful ways, life will be a bit simpler when it comes to keeping a healthy sugar free diet. It will make it easier for you to be in control, decide on what to eat and what not to eat, without the temptations that sneak up on you every so often.
I have often found that if I don’t have certain foods in the house and easily accessible, I won’t eat them or crave them as much as when I am regularly confronted with them. In the end control over the ingredients in our food and making the decisions about what we consume are the most valuable to our health, and with that comes awareness and effort in doing so.
We all have busy lives so I am hoping that one of these powerful ways will help you gain back control over your food and with that take back your health.
For the non-cooker
When out and about, ordering your food from a restaurant, take out, caterer… always ask questions such as where the food is coming from, if they are commercially processed foods, and are their sugars added the food. These questions do not only apply to sugar but also apply to GMO’s and pesticides. Is this food farm to table or imported from 1000 miles away.
Awareness is the key to our food, health, and wellbeing
We as the consumer have the power to control what we eat no matter where we are or what we do. We have the right to say no to unhealthy foods and demand healthy foods. We can choose not to eat at a fast-food restaurant but buy from the farm stand. We can choose to eat processed foods or eat whole foods. These are all decisions we can make for ourselves and that’s the power we have.
Open-mindedness and the willingness to change are great opportunities to gain awareness about our lifestyle and nutritional wellbeing, with that an exciting new world is being presented to us. Let’s live it!
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If you enjoyed this blog I think you may like my blog about the beginnings of our Journey moving cross country in the midst of a pandemic with a gluten- sensitivity and our two dogs, Little Bear and Diesel as first-time RV’ers. Living our dream.
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