Cheat days, snacking and sweets
While the world would be a better place without the unhealthy temptations of processed sugar, the reality is that it’s here to stay. Sugar itself is not the problem, the problem is the amount of sugar that has been added to every item of processed food beyond the bliss point. This means that sadly our palates no longer recognise natural tastes or natural sweetness and most people tend to find unsweetened food bland.
We strongly recommend that if you are diabetic, pre-diabetic, sick or overweight then it is time to cut out added or concentrated sugar from your diet entirely. Choose to live a quality life without artificial sugar-coated food; choose to make health your lifestyle. Start by not stocking junk in your kitchen cupboards and fridge, which means no breakfast cereals (read the labels as almost all cereals are packed with sugar), hot chocolate, sweets, ice cream, biscuits, chips, pastries, cup cakes, etc. If you want a treat then go out and have it at the shops or a restaurant.
By now you should recognise that if it is in your kitchen, you will eat it when you should rather eat a proper meal. This is especially true when you are tired and at your emotionally most fragile time, which is at night. Rather keep a healthy snack pack at home so that ‘worst’ you will snack on fruit, biltong, nuts, peanut or nut butters, Greek yoghurt or other REAL wholesome food.
Once you realise that all the added sugars and refined carbs were the cause of your bloated tender stomach, heartburn, tiredness and many diseases, you will crave good food that allows you to live with EASE. Cheat days or rather cheat meals are allowed depending on your health status, and should always be a reward without punishing yourself afterwards. Always aim for food with more fibre and as close to nature as possible. Healthy smoothies are probably the best way to get loads of fibre and nutrients into your life while on the run.