When I work with clients in my programs, one of the first things we start with is a kitchen cleanout, and the reason we do this is to get rid of the foods that are not only harmful to your health but will tempt you and make it harder to lose weight.
We then focus on replacing them with foods that will nourish your health and bring you closer to your goals.
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It’s really important to understand that having the proper foods available, and removing the foods that get in the way of your goals, is essential for success.
Sugar is a huge one and anyone who’s been listening to me for any length of time knows this. Excess sugar gets stored as fat and it also causes our insulin receptors to become burned out, which can result in diabetes. Sugar also creates cravings for more sugar.
Something to remember as well is that refined grains turn into sugar in your body. These are things like bread, pasta, white rice…anything made with flour.
So remember that when you eat those things, they’re getting turned into sugar in your body and they’re getting stored as fat if you’re not burning them off right away.
If you take a look at your condiments like ketchup, mustard, stir-fry sauces and salad dressing, sugar is almost always in them.
A lot of times it’s disguised under names you don’t recognize, so it takes a bit of a detective work, but basically, if you’re buying your condiments from the regular aisles in the grocery store chances are, they contain hidden sources of sugar, sodium and unhealthy fat.
All of these make it harder to lose weight.
It’s important to start reading the ingredients on the labels. You want to look for a minimal amount of ingredients on the label. The less, the better.
You can always dress the food up when you get home. Avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce because they were probably made in a lab somewhere.
Buy more foods that don’t have labels, because what you see is what you get. Examples are fruits and vegetables.
Remember that just because something says it’s healthy on the label, doesn’t mean that it is.
Sugar could still be the first ingredient when companies make these boisterous claims. Once you get into the habit of reading labels, it will quickly become a habit and you’ll know what to look for.
Items that say low in fat, lite, low-calorie doesn’t make them healthy.
We want to avoid these.
These often have added sugar or flavour enhancers that cause weight gain. We need the fat anyways. It keeps us fuller longer.
I want to make it super easy for you to start reducing sugar in your diet, so you can get closer to your goals.
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May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.