Janine Collins, Editor of Your Family magazine and busy mom of three, cut all added sugar from her diet, lost 5kgs and hasn’t felt better. Here, she shares her top tips for starting your sugar-free life.
- Keep snacks on hand: To avoid a situation where you are so hungry you have to grab a muffin or packet of crisps, always keep biltong or nuts in your bag.
- Don’t rely too heavily on sweeteners: Experiment with sugar substitutes like xylitol to get you over having sugar in your tea and coffee, but gradually wean yourself off it. You need to get your mind off sugar and let go of the idea that you need something sweet.
- Read labels! Look at the carbohydrate values and the quantity of sugar. Even the green juice from one of our local retailers contains four teaspoons of sugar. Here’s all the info you need on how to interpret the words and numbers on food labels.
- Research your sugar substitutes. After reading “I Quit Sugar” by Sarah Wilson, honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar all went off the menu, along with loads of other ingredients touted as “healthy” sugar alternatives.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you indulge from time to time. I didn’t know that I’d be able to reach the point where I could allow myself a little of the white stuff and not go totally off the rails. Know that you’ll be able to indulge on the odd occasion and be okay.
- Read, read, read. There are so many inspirational sugar-free advocates globally, so read their books and subscribe to their newsletters and social media channels. This will serve as a constant reminder of the challenge, and will give you great recipe ideas to try.
Read about Janine’s personal sugar-free journey, see what’s in her sugar-free starter kit and what she eats in a typical day.
DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.