At home, you can control your exposure to sugary foods. You can purchase foods with less added sugar, keep lots of fresh, natural foods on hand for snacking, and do yoga or meditation if a strong sugar craving hits. But what can you do when you are away from home? Today Andrea shares some tips on how to stay strong in the face of temptation.
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~ The Barbara’s Team
There are times when you are away from home and there is considerable pressure to consume sugar: Your colleague brings doughnuts to the office or there’s a birthday celebration complete with cake and ice cream. Your friends call you to join them for dinner at a restaurant. The neighbors invite you over for a party where there are tons of high-sugar foods. Do any of these situations sound familiar?
Suddenly, your resolve may begin to crumble. You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but you also want to stay true to yourself. What can you do?
- At work – bring your own lower-sugar snacks with you, such as fresh fruit, sunflower seeds, roasted nuts, or Barbara’s Cheese Puffs. That way it will be much easier for you to ignore and walk away from any temptations brought into the breakroom. You may even want to contribute a special treat occasionally, such as Apple Honey Puffins Muffins. [http://barbaras.com/recipes/apple-honey-puffins-muffins/]
- If office birthday party celebrations are routine – suggest the occasions include something healthful. Talk to some of your coworkers; there may be several other people in the office who feel the same way you do! You and some other like-minded workers may even offer to make a low-sugar treat, such as Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffin Balls [http://barbaras.com/recipes/chocolate-peanut-butter-puffin-balls/] or Snackimals Cereal Bars. [http://barbaras.com/recipes/snackimals-cereal-bars/]
- If you go out to a restaurant with friends – check the menu online or on your mobile phone to find out what types of food it offers. You may even want to call ahead to ask about a specific dish or if they will make substitutions. Sometimes you can order two appetizers rather than a meal to keep to your lower-sugar goal.
- When you are invited to a party – eat before you go, and bring at least one lower-sugar snack in case you get hungry! Your host and hostess will appreciate your kindness and efforts as well. One suggestion is to bring Super Power Balls, which require no baking, are lightly sweetened, and are packed with protein. [http://barbaras.com/recipes/super-power-balls/]
Work and social situations that involve food don’t have to be a recipe for disaster when you are cutting back on your sugar intake. In fact, many people can appreciate a simple “I’m watching my sugar intake” as an explanation for why you may politely refuse an offered dessert or snack. With so many people at risk for diabetes today, monitoring one’s sugar consumption is not unusual. Maybe some of your colleagues and friends will join you on your Sugar Reset quest!
Andrea Donsky, B. COMM, is an Author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), Editor-in-Chief, and Founder of NaturallySavvy.com. Her passion is to inspire people to make enlightened choices for healthy living. Andrea has combined her background and expertise as both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an entrepreneur to educate the public on living an organic and non-GMO lifestyle through the creation of her businesses, books, articles, videos, speeches, and media appearances.