I am not, in any way, the perfect eater. I was PMS-ing the other day and ordered a chocolate mousse with hot chocolate sauce from Cornerhouse. The sugar-rush was so acute that I forgot to taste the chocolate.
Fitness is an ongoing journey. I jumped on the fitness bandwagon because I was tired of feeling crappy. What I’ve learned is that no one has all the answers. There are people who maybe be specialists of a particular form of movement or a specific diet, but that doesn’t mean you should rely on them for your fitness queries. Their expertise might not work for you because that system of movement or eating might not work for you.
I’ve been on various diets over the years (and still experiment with different modalities of eating), and I’ve realized diets don’t work. Guidelines do. Minimizing my sugar consumption is at the top of my list of dietary guidelines. As I said in this Instagram post, there are many reasons for why I did this. We all agree that sugar is bad for you. But most of us don’t realize just how much sugar we consume.
That 1 tsp of sugar you allow yourself in your coffee/tea is not the only sugar in your diet. If you eat any kind of packaged foods, ketchup or pickles etc, you’re having sugar.
I follow the 80-20 rule when it comes to my diet, so I sometimes manage to literally have my mousse and eat it too.
Below are easy ways I eliminated sugar from my diet.
- I stopped ordering in. Food that you order in is never fresh. It has excess preservatives, sodium, food colors, sugars etc., that negate all the good work you do in the fitness class. I found easy recipes for days when I come home dog tired. Stuff like poha, or pulao or even scrambled eggs. I order in like once a year, and that mousse it.
- I stopped eating ketchup and other sauces.
- I don’t eat potato chips or any variations of them.
- I don’t drink colas and even packaged fruit juices. Yes, even your fruit juices have additional sugar and preservatives.
- I don’t eat cakes and biscuits that come out of packages. If I want them I will bake them.
These changes didn’t happen over night. I incorporated them slowly. There was a time I thought packaged juices are better than colas. Now I know they are the same. There was a time I would drench my burgers in ketchup. Now no more burgers and no more ketchup. All of us have been through the Marie or digestive biscuits with tea phase. Mine ended a long time ago. I used to be someone who actually went out for dessert. Now it seems like another life.
Sometimes I feel like I didn’t just clean up my diet, I actually deep cleaned it. And after all this, I have experienced increased energy levels, better stamina and clearer skin. Enough reasons for you to ditch the sugar!