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8 ways to avoid sugar during the holidays

It’s no secret that the holidays are filled with sugar-coated, guilt-inducing and devilishly tempting treats. We have you covered with the top tips for avoiding falling off the low-sugar wagon!

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1. Avoid alcohol

Wine, beer, liquor and cocktails can all be unexpected filled with sugar. Instead of a cocktail before, during, and after dinner, decide when you want to have your drink and stick to just one.

2. Explain to your friends and family

Don’t feel pressured to eat heavy, unhealthy foods because you’re afraid to offend somebody. Explain what you’re doing and ask that your friends and family respect your choice to cut back- more for them!

3. Bring a light, healthy dish

Bring a healthy option to share with others and keep yourself on track. A light and refreshing dish like this Farro Stuffing with Butternut Squash and Almonds will be welcome amidst all the heavy and hearty offerings!

4. Don’t settle at the food court

If your holiday shopping has got you hungry, resist the urge to get a carb-heavy burger or plate. There are healthier options such as soups, salads and wraps.

5. Consider skipping the holiday baking

Avoid placing yourself in temptations way- instead of holiday cookies and candies, try spending family time making holiday crafts or playing in the snow!

6. Drink water

When you feel a sugar craving coming on, fill yourself up with a full glass of water. This will make you feel more full and energized, which might be what your body really wants!

7. Eat natural sugars to curb your craving

Fruits and sweet vegetables such as apples and sweet potatoes contain a high fibre content which acts to counteract the negative effects of sugar.

8. Don’t deprive yourself

Sometimes you just need to indulge! If you have chocolate cravings, keep a high-quality 70% cacao chocolate bar around and have a piece when you feel the cravings coming.

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