Things as close to their natural state as possible. Meals that are home cooked and of course with minimal (ideally no sugar).
However, I fully appreciate that this isn’t always possible or desirable sometimes.
Yoghurts for example are something you likely have to still buy and work out which are the lowest sugar ones. Maybe you’re weaning off the fruity flavoured ones like I had to and want to make this a progressive change.
Or maybe you have a crazy busy day and fancy grabbing a quick stir-fry sauce to help you out or want to grab a makeshift dinner from a popular food outlet (Pret is usually my favourite when in the UK!).
Perhaps the kids are pestering you insanely to have cereal and you want to give them something to quieten the cries but make a ‘better’ choice around one that’s not laden with sugar.
And you know what, all of this is ok. It’s just a case of hunting down the lower sugar products that best fit the bill for you and your lifestyle compared to where you’re currently at.
However, to work this out it can take a while…
Trust me, when I first started lower sugar endeavours back in 2012 (before sugar-free was mainstream) I spent hours analysing and comparing the sugar content in products.
Luckily for me it’s all being used now in doing this work, but you may well have other things you’d prefer to do with your time than standing in the freezing cold yoghurt aisle doing % calculations (I am secretly a math geek!).
Luckily someone’s done all the hard work for you
David Gillespie has created these super helpful Sugar-free Shopper’s Guides for the UK, US and Australia.
They really help those first starting out to understand what has sugar, how much is in what and which products in the same category are notably better than others.
Literally you can just switch a brand, barely taste the difference and cut your sugar intake with this information.
The partner, your aunty and the kids won’t even know that this bread they’re eating contains half the sugar of the one you used to buy. You can upgrade your biscuits slowly to better options (my Uncle could benefit from this!).
On top of this, there’s extra helpful info on sugar substitutes, vegetable oils and some nice general reminders about sugar in general.
And it’s like only £3.95 or $6.95 AUD!! Total bargain!!
Grab your instantly downloadable copy below and spread the word to family and friends!
A few notes…
This information is super helpful to people just starting out but once you’ve found your favourite low sugar products and got into your groove, you shouldn’t have to worry too much.
Remember don’t get too bogged down in the detail – just use the info a tool.
Don’t get overwhelmed
Vegetable oils are mentioned and this is something to consider but don’t get disheartened trying to eliminate these completely at the same time as sugar. I advise focus on sugar first and reducing vegetable oils can come as a next step healthier upgrade if you wish.
Have you found or bought any other digital sugar helping resources you’d like me to review or have you already got one of these guides that you’ve used?
Note: I am a proud affiliate for these products because I honestly think they’re a great resource for many people at the start of sugar change. I get a kickback thank you if you purchase via my links.