Since I have been attempting Ketogenic diet, I have realised that I am a slave to sugar and grains. I lasted all of two days, and then all hell broke lose.
In retrospect, I realised that my way of eating was one sent straight from hell of obesity, and in order to follow any extreme diets, I need to make a few changes and transition to the other side of the fence. My friend has told me that in order to think about going on no sugar diets, that I need to know everything about it before jumping in feet first. Surprisingly, there is just so much that you need to know before deciding to make this change. So, in order to follow a low-carb-high-fat diet, I need to first get accustomed to sugar-free lifestyle and here are some tricks for me (and you) to get started with.
Use fruits to sweeten breakfast
Instead of adding a heap of sugar to your pancakes, add a few blueberries or a banana. Swap fruit flavoured yogurt with plain yogurt, and add fresh fruits on top. Condiments such as honey and maple can be used but in strict moderation. A healthy and flavourful option can be cinnamon – for example, add a hefty pinch to your overnight oats to make them sweeter.
Get used to reading labels
You’d be surprised at how seemingly harmless packaged items actually contain conspicuous amounts of sugar. If you are a granola-breakfast kind of person, invest some time to find one with no more than 5g of added sugar per serving. Your gut will be forever thankful.
Opt for cold or nitro brews
Drinking a daily coffee with a spoonful of sugar is a habit that could sabotage your weight loss goals. Instead, try a high-quality cold brew, or the increasingly popular nitro brews, which have a deeper but less-biting flavour than traditional drip or steeped coffees, making them easier to drink plain or with a splash of milk.
Cut back on sugar when baking
A little added sugar in pies is helpful for bringing out the sweetness of the fruit filling and creating an ideal texture. However, in most cases, you can cut the amount of sugar called for in your favorite recipes by 1/3, or even by 1/2 – smaller amounts still work well for turning already-sweet fruit into a more indulgent, but healthier, dessert.
Choose in-season fruit
If you’ve ever eaten a blueberry in January, you know offseason produce isn’t nearly as flavorful as in-season picks – it’s less sweet, more tart and often less colorful. What fruits are in season and for how long depends on where you live, so your best bet is to ask vendors at your local farmers market.
Swap soda for flavoured sparkling water
Flavored bubbly water is a great option in lieu of sugar-laden soda, provided you look for ones that don’t have added syrups or sugar. Try Volvic or make your own fancier version by combining plain sparkling water with some mashed and sliced fruit.