Plan your meals ahead
You’re much more likely to succumb to sugary cravings when you’re tired, hungry and pushed for time. Batch cooking and freezing healthy sugar-free meals before 1st September means you’ll always have something suitable for dinner on standby. Swot up on sugar-free recipes and make a daily meal plan. To help stop you from grabbing sugary snacks at work or on-the-go, pop a fruit bowl on your desk and carry healthy snacks in your bag such as plain rice cakes and nuts. For sugar-free recipe inspiration, visit <link>
Going ‘cold turkey’?
It’s up to you how you want to approach Sugar-Free September in terms of quitting sugar. Some people find it easier to set themselves a quit date (in this case, 1st September) and stop all sugar consumption on that day, going ‘cold turkey’. Others might find this sudden lack of sugar a bit of a shock, and might find it better to start gradually reducing their sugar intake in the weeks leading up to Sugar-Free September. If you want to do this, start by replacing sugary snacks with fresh fruit or nuts, and replace fruit juices and smoothies with sugar-free alternatives such as water, tea and coffee before you go completely sugar-free on 1st September.
Taking on any new challenge requires a good mindset so start thinking about what you’ll gain from going sugar-free for 30 days; perhaps you’ll lose weight, have more energy, and generally feel better in yourself. You can then refer back to these end goals throughout the month to keep you motivated. It’s also important to ensure you have lots of support around you from your partner, family, friends and colleagues, as feeling stressed and unmotivated could see you reaching for a sugary pick-me-up. Why not get others on board with you? Taking on the Sugar-Free September challenge with friends, colleagues and family can help to keep you on track and you can share recipe ideas.
What to do if you have a wobble…
If you crack and reach for the biscuit tin at any point during Sugar-Free September, it’s important to not beat yourself up about it and stop your sugar-free plan altogether. Just start again at your next meal and stay on track – you can do this!
Published: August 24th, 2016
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