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Want To Try A Sugar-Free Diet? Here's 10 Ways To Beat Sugar Cravings And Break A Sugar Habit By Nutritional Therapist Elsa Jones
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Nutritional therapist and author of the bestselling book 'Goodbye Sugar' Elsa Jones shares her top tips on starting a sugar-free diet, and how it can help you lose weight and keep it off
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It's a well-known fact that eating too much sugar is bad for you, but where do you start if you want to try a sugar-free diet? We spoke to nutritional therapist Elsa Jones to get the lowdown on cutting out sugar - but don't worry, it doesn't mean saying goodbye to chocolate forever (hurrah). Read on to find out just how do-able it really is...

Elsa says, 'Over the last few decades sugar had crept into all areas of our daily diet, from the sweet treats we award ourselves to diet staples such as yogurt, soup and cereal. In fact, it’s estimated that 75 per cent of all foods contain added sugar. It’s no wonder so many of us say we feel 'addicted' to sugar and cite sugar cravings as our biggest obstacle to losing weight and keeping it off.'

'But it’s not just physical cravings that keep us hooked. Many of us have become emotionally dependent on sweet foods too, we turn to chocolate and biscuits to help comfort or reward ourselves for 'making it through the day'. It's an easy habit to fall into but one that wreaks havoc on our weight and energy levels.'

'The good news is that taking back control over your eating habits doesn't have to be a course of misery and doesn't necessarily mean eradicating sugar from your diet altogether. Most people are capable of maintaining a low sugar diet by simply having more awareness and making a few key changes to their diet and mindset.'

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Here are Elsa's top tips on starting a sugar-free diet:

Stop feeding your sugar monster

In a nutshell, the more sugary foods you consume, the more your body will crave them. The less you consume, the less you’ll crave them. Once you stop fuelling your cravings, limiting your sugar intake becomes a lot easier.  So, I recommend you start by identifying and reducing the biggest sources of sugar in your diet. For most, the obvious culprits are chocolate, biscuits, sweets, scones, soft drinks etc. Within a week, you will notice a dramatic reduction in your cravings for sweet foods.

Set yourself up for success

As the saying goes, 'If you fail to plan, you plan to fail', so, take a little time to get organised and prepare your environment before making any dietary changes. Where possible, remove obvious sources of temptation - if it’s not there, you can’t eat it. Also, If you share a kitchen with others at home/work, it can be helpful to ask for their support in keeping tempting foods out of sight, particularly at the start.

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Choose slow-release carbs vs fast-release carbs
Carbohydrates can be classed as fast or slow releasing.  Fast release carbohydrates (e.g. white bread, white pasta, corn flakes, pizza) break down into glucose very rapidly which can lead to blood sugar 'highs' and 'lows'. Essentially, eating too many throws our blood sugar levels off balance leading to energy dips and further cravings for sweet or starchy foods; it's a vicious cycle. Conversely, slow release carbohydrates (brown rice, oats, quinoa) break down into glucose at a slower rate which helps to maintain stable blood sugar and energy levels.

Include a portion of protein with every meal 
As well as being filling, protein helps to stabilise blood sugar levels which keeps sweet cravings at bay. Protein also provides the building blocks for brain chemicals which influence appetite and satiety. At meal times, aim to fill one quarter of your plate with protein rich foods such as eggs, fish, poultry, nuts/seeds, beans or lentils.

Focus on the benefits

One essential technique that’ll help you stay motivated is to continuously remind yourself of what you will gain by reducing your sugar intake and following a healthier diet. If you focus on the benefits, you’ll be less likely to get swept away by cravings or feel deprived. Write the benefits down and put them somewhere you can read them everyday e.g. I'll feel good in a summer dress at my cousins wedding, I'll have more energy to exercise/play with kids, I'll be at less risk of developing type 2 diabetes like my mother.

Start as you mean to go on
What you choose to eat for breakfast can set the stage for controlling blood sugar for the rest of the day so make sure to eat a balanced breakfast. Porridge oats topped with berries & a sprinkle of nuts/seeds, or eggs with rye toast will keep blood sugars stable whereas concentrated fruit juices, highly processed cereals or those high in dried fruit will have the opposite effect.

Know your emotional triggers

If you're like most people who struggle with a sugar habit, much of your eating behaviour is probably driven by emotions. In other words, you don’t choose to eat sugary foods just because you are physically hungry. You choose to eat sugary foods because you want to change or enhance the way you feel; this is known as 'emotional eating'. Take a moment to think about what feelings make you reach for comfort food. Is it stress, tiredness, boredom… perhaps there are certain times, people or places that trigger these feelings? Once you know, you'll be in a stronger position to overcome them.

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Keep healthy snacks close to hand
You’re much more likely to over-eat and/or choose the wrong type of foods when you are overly hungry and have low blood sugar. Eating little and often counteracts this, so always make sure to have healthy snacks close to hand so you have no excuse when temptation strikes. Healthy snack options that will help to curb sugar cravings and stave off an afternoon slump include: a handful of nuts with a piece of fruit, natural yogurt with cinnamon and berries, nut butter spread on sliced apple or an oat cake topped with hummus.

Challenge your excuses

All too often, we make excuses for ourselves in order to justify eating foods we know we oughtn't. The thought process usually starts with, 'I know I shouldn’t eat this, but it's ok because…… 'I'm stressed, I'm tired, it's just a little piece, I'll make up for it tomorrow, I deserve it.' Do any of these sound familiar? If so, write down them down. Seeing an excuse in writing helps you to see it for exactly what it is and helps you to challenge it, e.g. Excuse: 'I've had a tough day, I need to relax with a cup of tea and some biscuits.' Helpful response: 'I do need to relax but I don’t need biscuits in order to do so. I can watch a movie, read my book, go for a walk or take a bath instead.'

Practise resisting your cravings
When a sugar craving hits, try a technique called 'Pause & Reflect'. So, instead of giving into your craving straight away and automatically reaching for the chocolate, you mentally press pause and commit to not responding to your craving for 10 minutes. This allows you some time to step back and acknowledge 'this is just a craving, it will pass.' Remind yourself of all the benefits you will receive by resisting your craving. Then distract yourself by focusing your attention on something else entirely for ten minutes. Go for a walk, make a call/e-mail, paint your nails, brush your teeth - you'll be surprised how quickly the craving passes.

Here are two of Elsa's top sugar-free recipes to get you started:

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1. Comforting Apple & Strawberry Crumble
This mouth watering crumble is naturally sweet and very versatile as any combination of fruit can be used. It’s also super quick and easy to make and yes, you guessed it, it's sugar free!

800g cooking apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
200g strawberries (quartered)
3 tbsp water
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds (chop in a food processor or use a knife)
1 large tbsp coconut oil, melted
Pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon

How to make
Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Place the sliced fruit into a baking dish, then add the water and toss with salt to bring out some of the natural sweetness in the fruit.

In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, nuts and cinnamon, then pour in the melted coconut oil and mix well.

Spoon the crumble mixture over the fruit to cover it entirely.

Bake the crumble for 30-35 minutes or until the fruit is tender and bubbling.

Serve this 'not so naughty' dessert with a dollop of natural Greek yogurt or fresh cream.

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2. Genuinely Sugar-Free Granola 
It is virtually impossible to find a tasty granola that is genuinely sugar free. Most brands you’ll find on supermarket shelves contain the equivalent of 3 teaspoons of sugar per serving, which is a lot. Even a lot of seemingly 'healthy' granola recipes contain lots of sugar in the form of dried fruit, honey or sugar substitutes.

The protein, fibre and essential fats in this granola will stave off sugar cravings and supercharge your energy levels at any time of the day. It works really well paired with natural yoghurt and fresh berries for breakfast or as a comforting snack to help ward off an afternoon slump.

-Makes 12 servings


1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup chopped almonds (you can chop them in a food processor or use a knife)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract (I use both)
pinch of sea salt

How to make
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line two baking trays with baking paper or grease lightly with coconut oil.

Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan and set aside.

Place all of the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.

Make a well in the middle and add the melted coconut oil. Mix thoroughly until everything is lightly coated with the oil.

Divide the granola evenly between the two trays and spread out in a thin layer.

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until lightly toasted and golden. Stir half way through to avoid burning.

Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Serve with milk of choice or natural yoghurt. Delicious served with fresh berries, grated apple or sliced pear.

Tip: Take care not to overcook as these ingredients burn easily and will taste bitter if cooked for too long. I find that the baking tray that’s placed on the lower shelf of the oven cooks a little quicker than the one on the upper shelf, so I take it out a few minutes earlier. You might need to do the same.

Both recipes taken from Goodbye Sugar by Elsa Jones

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"1. Pare de alimentar o seu monstro do açúcar
Basicamente, quanto mais alimentos doces consumir, mais o seu corpo os vai desejar. Quanto menos consumir, menores vão ser os desejos. Quando parar de alimentar os seus desejos, limitando o consumo de açúcar, mais fácil se torna. Recomendo que comece por identificar e reduzir as maiores fontes de açúcar na sua alimentação. Para a maioria, os culpados óbvios são chocolate, bolachas, biscoitos, doces, refrigerantes, etc. No espaço de usa semana, notará uma redução drástica nos desejos por alimentos doces.

2. Prepare-se para o sucesso
Como diz o ditado, "Se falhar no planeamento, planeia falhar", por isso, tire algum tempo para se organizar e preparar o seu ambiente antes de fazer alterações alimentares. Quando possível, remova fontes óbvias de tentação - se não estiver lá, não consegue comer. Se partilha a cozinha com outros, em casa ou no trabalho, poderá ser útil solicitar o seu apoio mantendo os alimentos doces longe da vista, particularmente no início.

 3. Escolha hidratos de carbono de libertação lenta versus hidratos de carbono de libertação rápida
Os hidratos de carbono podem ser classificados como de libertação rápida ou lenta. Os hidratos de carbono de libertação rápida (por exemplo: pão branco, massa não integral, corn flakes, pizza) decompoêm-se em glucose rapidamente, o que pode levar a "picos" e "baixas" de açúcar no sangue. Essencialmente, comer demasiados desregula os níveis de açúcar no sangue, levando a quebras de energia e desejos por doces e alimentos com amidos; é um ciclo vicioso. Pelo contrário, os hidratos de carbono de libertação lenta (arroz integral, aveia, quinoa) decompoêm-se em glucose a uma velocidade menor, o que ajuda a manter o açúcar no sangue e os níveis de energia estáveis.

4. Inclua uma porção de proteína em todas as refeições
Além de saciar, a proteína ajuda a estabilizar os níveis de açúcar no sangue, que afastam os desejos de açúcar. A proteína também fornece nutrientes para químicos produzidos no cérebro, que influenciam o apetite e a saciedade. Às refeições, almeje preencher um quarto do seu prato com alimentos ricos em proteínas como ovos, peixe, aves de aviário, sementes, frutos secos, feijões, grão ou lentilhas.

5. Foque-se nos benefícios
Uma técnica essencial que ajudará a manter-se motivado é relembrar-se constantemente no que irá ganhar por reduzir o seu consumo de açúcar e seguir uma alimentação mais saudável. Se se focar nos benefícios, será menor a possibilidade de se deixar levar por desejos de açúcar ou que se sinta privado. Escreve os benefícios e coloque-os num local onde os possa ler diariamente, por exemplo, vou-me sentir bem num vestido de Verão no casamento do meu primo, terei mais energia para fazer exercício/brincar com as crianças, estarei menos em risco de desenvolver diabetes do tipo 2 como a minha Mãe.

6. Comece como pretende continuar
O que escolhe para comer ao pequeno-almoço pode determinar o controle do açúcar no sangue para o resto do dia, por isso garanta que come um pequeno-almoço equilibrado. Papas de aveia com bagas e algumas sementes ou frutos secos, ou ovos com torradas de pão de centeio manterão os níveis de açúcar no sangue estáveis, enquanto que sumos de frutas concentrados, cereais altamente processados ou com elevado teor em frutos secos terão o efeito contrário.

7. Conheça os seus gatilhos emocionais
Se for como a maioria das pessoas que lutam com um vício de doces, muito do seu comportamento alimentar é provavelmente guiado por emoções. Por outras palavras, não escolhe por comer alimentos doces só porque tem fome. Escolhe comer alimentos doces porque quer alterar ou aumentar o modo como se sente; isto é conhecido por "alimentação emocional". Pause e pense sobre quais as emoções que o fazem procurar alimentos reconfortantes. Será stress, cansaço, tédio... talvez, em certas ocasiões, pessoas ou lugares despoletam essas emoções? Quando souber, estará numa posição mais forte para os ultrapassar.

8. Mantenha alimentos saudáveis à mão
Terá maior tendência a comer demais e/ou escolher o tipo errado de alimentos quando tem muita fome ou os níveis de açúcar no sangue estão muito baixos. Comer frequentemente e em pequenas quantidades contrapõe este comportamento, por isso garanta que tem alimentos saudáveis à mão para não ter desculpas quando a tentação ataca. Alimentos saudáveis que irão ajudar a diminuir os desejos por doces e uma baixa de energia à tarde incluem: uma mão-cheia de frutos secos e uma peça de fruta, um iogurte natural com canela e bagas, manteiga de frutos secos sobre uma maça fatiada ou pão integral com húmus.

9. Desafie as suas desculpas
Frequentemente, fazemos desculpas para nós próprios para justificar ingerir alimentos que sabemos que não deveríamos. O processo mental inicia-se com "Eu sei que não devia comer isto, mas pode ser porque... Estou stressado, Estou cansado, é só um bocadinho, Amanhã compenso, Eu mereço". Alguma destas desculpas é-lhe familiar? Se sim, escreva-as. Ver uma desculpa por escrito ajuda a ver exactamente o que é e permite-lhe desafiá-la, por exemplo, Desculpa: "Tive um dia difícil, Tenho de relaxar com uma chávena de chá e umas bolachas." Resposta útil: "Eu preciso de relaxar mas não necessito das bolachas para o fazer. Eu posso ver um filme, ler um livro, ir passear ou tomar um banho em vez disso."

10. Pratique em resistir às tentações
Quando tem um desejo por um alimento doce, pratique a técnica denominada "Pause e Reflita". Em vez de ceder imediatamente à sua tentação e automaticamente ir buscar o chocolate, mentalmente carregue na pausa e comprometa-se a não responder ao seu desejo durante 10 minutos. Isto permite-lhe ter algum tempo para se afastar e reconhecer que "isto é só uma tentação, irá passar." Relembre-se de todos os benefícios que irá receber por resistir ao seu desejo. Distraia-se, focando a sua atenção em algo completamente diferente durante 10 minutos. Vá andar a pé, faça uma chamada, envie um email, pinte as unhas, escove os dentes - ficará surpreendido com a rapidez com que o desejo passa."

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