27 Oct

Breaking Up with Sugar

Sugar is getting a bit of bad press recently, for a good reason. Having often been thought of as a treat in my household, it is surprising to hear how sugar is sneaking its way into many of the foods that we eat most days. Below is a small list of foods that may surprise you with their sugar content.

  • Flavoured yogurt – While I consider Greek yogurt to be a goddess, flavoured versions can contain up to 20 grams of sugar. Opt for unflavoured and add blueberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra taste
  • Energy and Protein Bars – While protein bars are a good on the run snack, they are not virtuous. With some of the more popular brands containing up to 25 grams of sugar PER BAR! Why not try this home made protein bar from Deliciously Ella
  • Anything FAT FREE – Anything that claims to be fat free is hiding behind spoonful’s of sugar to improve taste.
  • Bread – fast becoming very unpopular, packaged bread has up to three grams per slice. It is far healthier, although time consuming, to make your own bread which contains just a pinch of sugar in order to activate the yeast. Local bakeries are also a healthier option.
  • Tomato Sauce – Not only is it packed with salt, it has a generous few spoonful’s of sugar as well. A great website called A Spoonful of Sugar Free recently posted a healthy version of ketchup.

While this list only includes a few surprising foods, this was enough ammunition for me to quit sugar for a month. Those of you that know me or follow me will know that this is a huge challenge but I will be tracking my mood, cravings, energy, blood pressure, hydration, weight, heart rate and body fat percentage to see how making this dietary change will affect me. I will let you know how I get on next month, but if you want to wish me well along my journey then I will be sharing daily on my Facebook page and would welcome any support to keep me on track, or better still, join me in quitting sugar.


Jilly Wright

BSc (hons) Sports Science, Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training, Boxercise Registered Instructor, Certificate in Pre and Post Natal Exercise


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