Was drinking my almost sugar-free coffee this morning when an item on Breakfast News came on about sugar. There’s a campaign to try to get food manufacturers to reduce the amount of added sugar in their products. Did you know they added sugar to bread? I mean, why? It’s not necessary. Also add it to soups, juices, cereals, yoghurts of course – especially low-fat ones – just about everything that’s manufactured. We know why of course. They’ll say it’s to make it more palatable but truth is, sugar is mildly addictive and the more you have of it, the more you want.
Fortunately it works the other way around too. Start having less sugar and your palate soon adjusts. That’s the way best to cut sugar from your diet in my opinion but I get that it’s easier if manufacturers do it for us. Easiest of all of course is if you don’t eat manufactured food at all but buy fresh and make your own meals. That way you control and know how much sugar you’re eating.
Cereals, croissants and porridge
Cereals and other carb-high products are all considered quite healthy by modern nutritionists and dietitians provided the added sugar content is low. But whether they have added sugar or not, they are carbohydrate and the body will treat them as sugar. None of these carb-baked breakfasts, complex carb or not, are healthy or good for you. It’s much better to eschew carbs altogether at breakfast, save for perhaps tomatoes. It takes time to prepare a proper breakfast. But not that much really.
Best breakfast is protein loaded, not carb. Try it! See how long you can last if you grab a croissant, banana, bowl of cereal or porridge and how long you keep going on bacon and eggs instead! Truly, it’s no contest. I can last practically all day on a cooked breakfast full of nourishing protein. Eating a croissant is not that different from eating a bar of chocolate. And has much the same effect on your body which thinks you HAVE eaten a bar of chocolate. Your blood sugar levels will soar quickly only to come crashing back down afterwards as the pancreas works hard to mop up the excess sugar in your bloodstream. Give your pancreas less of a hard time. Eat as little refined sugar or carbs of any sort as you can manage in your diet.
If you do this, there’s no need to count calories – isn’t that great! I lost two stone last year without regular weighing-in nor counting a single calorie. And I never felt deprived nor depressed. Just cut down on your carbs. Most of us would find it difficult if not impossible to cut them out altogether. So aim for an 80/20 ratio where 80% is protein and fat and 20% of your diet is from carbs, which includes fruit and veg. Go for low-sugar berry fruits but have them with thick cream, preferably Jersey. Lots of lovely green veg and green salads with olive oil dressing on them. Deprived? Not a bit of it. It’s a lovely way to eat. It’s delicious. It’s the delicious diet. It’s not like a diet at all. It just feels very human. And that’s why it works and that’s why it’s a great way to eat.
Deprivation no more!
It’s the deprivation makes people go off their diets. We can only stand denial for so long. Then we crack. But this diet doesn’t require you to deny yourself the best food you can eat. Sure it asks you not to eat the less good food (no such thing as junk food by the way!) but that’s not a deprivation – it’s a celebration. Embrace good food, whole food, nourishing natural food and you’ll lose weight without counting calories, feeling hungry or getting miserable and moody from lack of food. At the very least, it’s worth giving it a go. That’s what I did last year. I just gave it a go. An experiment if you will. An experiment that worked. It worked for me. It can work for you.