Quitting Sugar with Eve Persak
I’m so excited today to bring you tips on quitting sugar from Expert Dietician Eve Persak MS RDN CNSC CSSD.I first met Eve when she was helping guests as a consultant for nutrition at the renowned COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali and I was so impressed by her depth of knowledge and attitude towards eating well. She is a Registered Dietitian and a board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also among fewer than 4000 professionals worldwide to hold Certified Nutrition Support Clinician credentials. I’m feeling super grateful that she offered some tips on withdrawing from sugar. Let’s hear them then..
How Quitting Sugar helps you thrive
Eve’s Insights on Quitting Sugar
It’s usually a bit rough at first, but fabulous once the initial withdrawals subside (noticeable changes in energy levels, mood, skin, joints, and digestion – not to mention all the long-term perks).
For starters, to stabilize blood sugar levels, it helps to:
Focus on smaller more frequent meals, rather than three meals without any support in the in betweens
Opt for fiber-rich carbohydrate sources :
whole unrefined grains / legumes/ less starchy vegetables (less potato and other root vegetables with higher glycemic indices)/ fresh whole fruit rather then ‘concentrated’ fruits like dried or juiced
I usually like to emphasise the importance of palate training. Often people forgo sugar but still use alternative sweeteners. Agave, honey, maple and other syrups have the same effects. And even products like stevia – which are calorie and sugar-free – stimulate the taste buds similarly. The palate then maintains its appreciation for (and fixation on) sweet-flavoured foods. This often confuse and almost ‘frustrates’ the mind and the system (as it tastes sugar but doesn’t receive it). Better to just avoid the sensation of sweet altogether – after just a week or two (depending on the person) the taste buds will regenerate and the previous threshold for sweetness is significantly reduced.
Thanks so much Eve, I’m feeling spurred on that I didn’t cave and have honey on my toast yesterday now!
In her private practice, she counsels international celebrities, professional athletes, royal families, politicians and Fortune 500 CEOs in the areas of weight loss, disease, food allergies and sensitivities, women’s health and hormonal conditions, gastro-intestinal dysfunction, chronic disease, sport nutrition, cleansing, and disordered eating.
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