Simple ways to cut refined sugar out of your diet

We all know that sugar tastes great, but it’s well documented just how bad processed sugars are for us. Consuming large amounts of refined sugars can lead to low energy levels, headaches and inflammation. Making simple swaps in your daily diet can likely decrease inflammation, boost energy levels, improve focus and in turn result in a stronger immune system, improved gut health, weight loss and better overall health.

Try these simple swaps to reduce your daily intake and reap the benefits:

  1. Cut out sugary drinks: Opt for water, unsweetened sparkling water, herbal teas, black or green tea and black coffee.
  2. Go full fat: Many ‘diet’ options contain large amounts of refined sugar to make the products taste better, so going full fat is generally a better option.
  3. Skip the sweets: Swap your 3pm chocolate bar or lollies for a Bounce chocolate bar, 100% free from refined sugars.
  4. Up your protein: To curb hunger, increase the amount of protein in your diet to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
  5. Read the labels: Avoid foods containing fructose corn syrup, dextrose, rice syrup, molasses or cane sugar or juice.

Lisa Sharp, Marketing and Brand Director of Bounce Foods, says their philosophy is all about snacking smarter, which is what the brand was born from. At Bounce they aim to inspire positive change in the way people snack, by following three simple rules:

  1. EAT – Snack with Substance: Consume substantial snacks that are nutritionally balanced. Choose ingredients deliberately and products that are designed to keep you energised and satisfied for longer.
  2. THINK – Snack with Intention: Smart snacking requires you to notice if you are genuinely hungry and what you choose to eat. Instead of snacking out of habit or boredom, take the time to be mindful about it.
  3. LIVE – Snack with Purpose: Aligning your snack to your energy needs is key, whether you are in-between meetings, after exercise, or running the kids around. By snacking with purpose, you fuel your body with the right nutritional needs to feel energised.

Make a few simple changes and choose 100% natural and delicious snacks, and remember, ‘healthy’ doesn’t need to be boring.

HBliss

Vanessa Finnigan is the founder, editor, publisher of Holistic Bliss Magazine and she also offers multi-media whispering energy sessions. She has been a freelance writer for 16 years for magazines.

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