Sugar in the diet is an issue for many. It is becoming increasingly pervasive the world over and is a huge contributor to health problems – particularly in the worrying upturn in rates of obesity not only  amongst adults, but children too.

There are numerous kinds of sugar and they find themselves invading our diets even in the most unlikely of areas. We all know that pouring teaspoons of sugar into our tea is probably not a good idea, or ladling it all over our morning cereal. And as for munching through chocolate bars on a regular basis, that is clearly not a healthy dietary option (although a very enjoyable occasional treat!). Salad dressings, soups, pasta sauces, fruit smoothies, bread and yoghurts amongst others can all be hidden homes for significant amounts of sugar. And of course alcohol is full of it but so rarely factored in when many people consider their diet.

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With this insidious ingredient in mind, lets look at the most effective way to clear the system. The best way to detox from sugar is to prepare mentally. Once you have made up your mind to make a 100% commitment it is much easier to stick to your word. Of course internal willpower is absolutely fundamental, whilst the support of friends, colleagues and family is also key to your success. Write it down and communicate to those around you that you are on a detox, especially when eating out. They will provide the platform of support and help to ensure you don’t fall off the wagon if you should wobble!

Find alternatives

The second piece advice is to find alternatives. Some health professionals say absolutely no sugar at all. That might not be entirely practical for many, so it is important to decide what kind of sugar you are willing to eliminate.

When I use the word “sugar” I am referring to refined white sugar, brown sugar, organic cane sugar, raw sugar, turbinado sugar, agave, honey, alcohol sugars (such as xylitol, sorbitol, erythritol, and maltitol common in processed foods that state, “sugar free,” this is a trap!), beet sugar, brown rice sugar, molasses, and most importantly – corn syrup.

Healthier alternatives to sugar that I recommend are: dates, stevia, dried apricots and moderate amounts of fresh fruit.

best way to detox from sugar_2Watch out for the Glycemic Index

The best sugar content marker for fruit is the Glycemic Index. The index goes from 0 to 100 to describe how far eating a food will raise your blood sugar level. In other words it tells you how ‘sugary’ the food is.

Fruit lowest on the glycemic index include the following (ranging from 1 to 6 out of 100):

– Lime
– Strawberry
– Apricot
– Grapefruit
– Lemon
– Canteloupe
– Nectarines
– Oranges
– Pear
– Watermelon
– Blueberries
– Peach
– Plum
Apple
– Pineapple

best way to detox from sugar_3Remember that portions are key so it is important to consume moderate amounts. Once you outline what you choose to eliminate, find an alternative to it that excites you and stick to it.

A detox should be fun and not leaving you feeling discouraged, frusterated and deprived. Enjoy the process by making it as exciting as possible!

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