A popular topic in the news right now is sugar! Sugar is in simply everything we drink and eat, and it’s increasing our obesity levels around the UK. I can’t think of a better time of the year to talk about sugar, as it’s the time of year where we embark on our new lifestyle adventures.

To be honest, in my opinion there is a simple solution to this sugar issue and this comes down to controlling what we eat, and it really is as simple as that.

You don’t even have to walk into a store these days to do your shopping, it can all be done from your sofa at home. The issue is we all love sugar, we remember how happy it makes us feel.

At the end of the day we all understand that too much sugar will not only increase body fat, but increase our risk of contracting health issues such as heart disease, some cancers and Diabetes (that’s the epidemic)

The solution

We have to take more responsibility for our own actions, this includes what we eat. The following suggestions are simply my take on what a person could do to reduce their sugar intake to lead a healthier lifestyle.

What to eliminate

  • Takeaways – pizza, chips, curries, burgers, Chinese take away
  • Sweets / chocolates
  • Snacks – crisps, biscuits, energy bars
  • Drinks – energy drinks, fizzy drinks, fruit juices
  • Alcohol
  • Low-Fat Yogurt

What to reduce

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Spaghetti
  • Sauces – Brown, tomato, burger, etc
  • Alcohol (in both sections as studies show wine for example does have some health benefits)

If you wanted to go “hard core” then you could add the majority of “what to reduce” list apart from rice into the “what to eliminate” list.

However, carbohydrates are important for our health and should be consumed with every meal of the day. Healthier alternatives for carbohydrates (which are brown down into sugars) are:

  • Green vegetables – spinach, kale, broccoli, swiss chard, artichokes, bok choy, cabbage, asparagus, carrots
  • Salads: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion

What to do now

My advice would be not to try and change everything all in one go, even with the best intentions, dramatically changing your daily food intake is hard. Instead, break your day down into three sections, stage 1 (breakfast), stage 2 (lunch) and stage 3 (dinner). Start with stage one, making the changes and only when the changes become a habit, move onto stage two.