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Aim for a diet that is low in sugar even if you are not a
diabetic. Diets high in sugar can contribute to weight gain, increase
inflammation, increased risk for developing diabetes, lead to fluctuating blood
sugar levels and so cause poor energy levels, drop in concentration,
irritability and shaky hands.
ways to reduce sugar intake is reduce sugar added to tea/coffee, reduce intake
of cakes, biscuits, chocolates, donuts etc. Manage sweet cravings by avoid buying sweet foods
and having them available in the house. When you have a sweet craving, delay
eating something by an hour. Your craving will be reduced or you may not even
feel like the sweet item anymore. Drink a glass of water, cup of rooibos or
herbal tea, or decaf coffee to distract yourself from the craving and curb any
potential hunger. Snack on veg sticks if you feel hungry. After 30 minutes if you
are still hungry, it is better to have a protein snack than a starch snack.
For more information speak to your
local dietitian. A dietitian will guide you through your specific challenges
and lifestyle needs to ensure your goals are addressed and guidance is given.
To find a registered dietitian near you visit the Association for Dietetics in
South Africa’s website http://www.adsa.org.za/Public/FindARegisteredDietitian.aspx
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