This One's For Your Sweet Tooth

Posted by juggernautPT on September 13, 2012

This One's For Your Sweet Tooth
This One's For Your Sweet Tooth

Uncontrolled your ‘sweet tooth’ can  get you into lots of trouble over the years. 

Those diets you abandoned for a slice of cake, all the empty extra calories you took in ‘just to have a taste of something sweet' before bed.

Where has it gotten you?

Into pants that are another size larger. Into your doctor's office for a quick fix. Into a body that you no longer enjoy. With a mind that is unsettled.

Yes, sweet treats sure are tempting, but the post consumption crash and life-long repercussions far outweigh the momentary pleasure.

To help you conquer your sweet tooth, I've identified the 5 sweet traps you should avoid, as well as a healthy substitute for each.

Sweet Trap #1: Lollies

Nothing gets refined sugar circulating through your body quicker than a fistful of lollies—and if you're in the habit of eating lollies daily then your body will crave it.

A lolly has virtually no nutritional value, other than caloric energy, and will quickly end up stored on your body in the form of unwanted, annoying fat.

Try This: Swap your easy to eat and hard to burn lolly bag out for a handful of raw unsalted nuts, a few pieces of fruit, or a small square of very dark chocolate (at least 72% cocoa content).

Sweet Trap #2: Baked Goods

Cake, cookies, brownies, pastries, donuts, and pies are popular vehicles for sugar consumption. While these may not taste as sweet as lollies, the combination of refined sugar and white flour will spike your blood sugar just the same.

Very much like and super sugared up food, regularly eating baked goods will become a habit. Break yourself of this now and you'll find the number on your scale going down rather than up.

Try This: Put down the cookie and step away from the cupboard, reach for a piece of fresh, seasonal fruit. Fruit really is nature's candy, and if of good quality every bit as blissful as a slice of cake. Serving a beautiful fruit platter to guests can go down just as well and won’t bloat them or leave them in a food coma.

Sweet Trap #3: Ice Cream

Nothing makes you feel as happy and carefree as a bowl of creamy ice cream...until that ice cream makes its permanent home on your waist. Ice cream has few nutritional benefits.

Try This: Burt let's face it, cold, creamy and sweet does a delicious combination make. Create a healthy protein-packed ice cream with guilt free strawberry ice-cream:)

Sweet Trap #4: Soft Drink

A regular can of soft drink contains the equivalent of at least 10 teaspoons of sugar. That's more sugar than you should consume in a week's time!

Soft Drink is something that you get into the habit of drinking instead of water, and can easily do without thinking. The good news is that a habit can be stopped and swapped with something healthier.

Try This: Take soft drink out of your diet. Period. There are plenty of other, healthier, beverages available to you. Try the recipes for SoftFruit Water on this blog.

Sweet Trap #5: Blended Drinks

Smoothies, blended coffee drinks and milkshakes are all tempting treats, especially in hot summer months. Don't give in to the temptation!

These items are even more deadly than most treats since they are consumed through a straw and don't make you feel full. Let me assure you that even though you don't feel full, like you would after a piece of cake, you're still taking in a boatload of sugary calories even if there is fruit added to the mix!

Try This: Make your own healthy blended drinks at home by using natural sweeteners like stevia, coconut palm sugar or simply by using fruit more that mixers. Take the ice cream recipe, add non-fat milk and mix in the blender for a high protein milkshake.

Eliminating refined sugar from your diet will do so much for your health, as well as your weight.

A great thing to remember is that once you've kicked the habit of eating sugar, your body will no longer crave it as long as you don’t allow it to creep back in

This means that each day spent in discipline will bring you closer to the day that sugar no longer has a hold over you. Imagine how much slimmer and healthier you will be!

Eating healthy is half of the battle when it comes to fitness and wellness. The other, equally important, side is maintaining a regular, challenging exercise program.

For an exercise program to be challenging it must always be changing. That's why my workouts are never the same and always kickarse!

It's my goal to get you into the best shape of your life. Email today to begin your transformation.

 


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