Consuming too much sugar spells disaster for your health – from your gut to your brain. It’s why millions of people are turning away from added sugar and embracing wholesome ingredients instead. If you’re keen to join them, get inspired by these pertinent reasons to ditch the sweet stuff – today.
If you're looking to improve your health and well-being, one of the best things you can do is to cut back on sugar. But what does that mean for your taste buds? Won't food be less flavourful without the sweetness of sugar? Fear not – you may be surprised to discover the opposite is true. By quitting sugar, you can open up a whole new world of flavours and textures in your food. Here are just a few reasons why.
You’ll enjoy more nourishing and flavoursome food
When we overdo it on sugar, we often overlook the many other flavours that can be found in herbs and spices. Cut out the sweet stuff and you’ll begin to notice the nuances of different seasonings and how they can complement and enhance the flavours of your dishes. Try experimenting with spices like cumin, turmeric and smoked paprika, or fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, and thyme. You may be surprised at how much more flavourful your meals become! Many sugary foods are high in calories but low in nutrients, which means they don't leave us feeling satisfied or full for very long – that’s why cutting back on sugar and focusing on more wholesome foods allows us to enjoy meals that are both tasty and filling. For example, a hearty vegetable soup loaded with herbs and spices can be a home run for your taste buds – but instead of a sugar crash, it gives you long-lasting energy.
You’ll lower your risk for chronic disease
Rates of diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes liver disease are through the roof at the moment – and they’re only set to rise. So, what can you do? You can take one of the major risk factors out of the equation – excess sugar consumption. When you eat too much sugar, particularly in the form of ultra-processed foods, your body can't process it all and it gets stored as fat – visceral fat. Visceral fat is the worst kind of fat as it wraps around our abdominal organs, leading to weight gain and obesity, which is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases. We also see an increase in risk for heart and liver disease. When you quit added sugar and enjoy a nutritious diet, you give your body a break and allowing it to heal itself. By reducing inflammation, you're helping to protect your body from the damage that can lead to chronic disease. One of the biggest benefits of quitting added sugar is that you'll be able to better regulate your blood-sugar levels. When you consume too much of the sweet stuff, your blood-sugar levels are often in a loop of spiking and crashing, which can result in fatigue, mood swings and cravings – and, eventually, it can lead to diseases like type 2 diabetes. This is because the body may struggle with insulin resistance; the precursor to the disease. Another benefit of quitting sugar is that it can lead to healthier eating habits overall. When you're not relying on sugar to make your food taste good, you'll naturally start to choose more wholesome, nutrient-dense foods. This can help ensure that you're getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly.
Get ready for spring and autumn flavours
Whether you’re moving into spring or autumn right now, you’re likely aware of all the seasonal flavours that are popping up – from the autumnal pumpkin, cinnamon and nuts to the tomatoes, berries and zucchini of spring, it’s the ultimate time to make the most of seasonal ingredients. Opting for real, whole foods over sugary, ultra-processed meals and snacks isn’t just about putting your health first, it’s also about putting your taste buds first. You might be surprised at just how enjoyable it can be to cook seasonal dishes and make use of fragrant ingredients. If you’re here in Australia, you’ll likely be getting ready for hearty soups, soothing spiced beverages and oatmeal for those chilly Autumn mornings – so, skip out on the fast food and confectionery and get your apron on! If you’re keen to join the 8-Week Program, you’ll soon be able to access our ALL-NEW Spring and Autumn programs!
Need a hand reigning in your sugar addiction? We’re here to help. We know it can be hard to stick to your health goals – especially when you’re trying to manage it alone. When you sign up with us, you’ll have access to clear-cut meal plans, community support and exclusive access to our sugar-free content. Here’s what’s on offer:
- 8 weeks of meal plans and shopping lists.
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So, if you’re ready to ditch sugar and the host of maladies that come with it, it’s not too late to join. We’d love to help you get started on your health journey. Sign up HERE today!