Being sugar-free ain’t complicated.
Eat food in its most natural state, avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce (unless it’s quinoa!) and treat yourself occasionally. Yep, that’s it!
But sometimes the wires get crossed and the sugar-free message can get confused. Let’s bust some myths – here are five sugar-free rules you actually don’t have to follow.
Rule 1: Fruit-free forever.
Why it’s rubbish: We eat fruit every day – one to two serves of it. In its pure state (i.e. not juiced or dried), it’s a lovely source of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
The only time we ever avoid fruit is for four weeks on the I Quit Sugar: 8-Week Program. That’s simply to reset our taste buds and appetite – and fruit tastes SO much better once you do.
Rule 2: Carbs are out of the question.
Why it’s rubbish: Even vegetables contain carbs! And ain’t nobody coming between us and our sweet potato.
While some people do well on a low-carb diet, most can deal just fine with a sensible amount of good-quality carbohydrates. A slice of sourdough, the occasional pasta, roast spuds with your veggies. You get the picture.
Rule 3: No more wine.
Why it’s rubbish: Dry white and red wine contains the most miniscule amount of fructose. Same with beer!
A glass with dinner, a couple of times a week, is a okay by us. But, of course, you’re welcome to give your body a break from booze, if you feel you should.
Rule 4: It’s all about weight loss.
Why it’s rubbish: Well, obviously the biggest benefit of quitting sugar is breaking your sugar addiction. Being able to eat what you need, not what you crave is the best kind of freedom!
Rule: Say bye to birthday cake.
Why it’s rubbish: Quitting sugar will never be sustainable if you have to turn down every slice of birthday cake, New Year’s cocktail, Easter egg…
Once you’ve beat your addiction, a little treat is fine. Your daily added sugar intake should be limited to six teaspoons for women and nine teaspoons for men. But it’s not even a HUGE deal if you occasionally go over. That’s just life!