So here’s the thing: supermarkets are your worst enemy when dieting.
I’m on what you would call the caveman diet otherwise known as the paleolithic diet – most of the time.
I try to hit a ratio of 85% clean food and 15% junk, anything else and I end up binging to the extent that the diet becomes a distant memory.
Paleo means eating good quality protein, drinking lots of water, a lemon tea every morning and fresh fruit and veg.
Sugar is banned as is all processed foods, chocolate, cake, biscuits, sweets and ice-cream.
Carbs are not eliminated but simply reduced via portion control and I’m eating 3 or 4 smallish meals a day without counting calories.
I exercise 4 to 5 times a week.
Supermarkets are out to get you
Now you know the background to what I’m currently doing nutrition wise I can tell you that the first hurdle I came across when implementing this simple, sensible diet was trying to buy food from my local supermarket that did not contain sugar.
I went to the ‘free from’ aisle: sugar.
The ‘healthy eating’ section: sugar.
Organic salad dressing: sugar.
Sugar, sugar, sugar.
It became very apparent to me how and why here is an obesity epidemic in the UK when food manufacturers and supermarkets are pushing sugary foods down our collective throats.
It took me one hour and twenty minutes to buy a simple basket of fresh produce conforming to my dietary needs.
The majority of the shopping time was spent reading labels and discovering almost everything contains sugar.
But the early results of this new dietary regime were worth the effort because on day three of the diet I became noticeably more alert, looking and feeling less bloated and feeling less tired and having more energy, even in the post lunch coma inducing afternoons.
This is crucial to any new diet i.e. that an early victory is acknowledged since it will help to keep you motivated enough to stick with a diet you are following.
How to avoid the nasty sugary foods in your local supermarket
Start reading the labels.
It will take time but once you get used to reading the labels then you’ll build up a useful bank of knowledge as to which foods to eat and which to avoid if you want to eat healthily.
A trick I used right at the beginning was to ban certain foods from ever entering my stomach as a matter of principle and switching to an alternative:
- Canned drinks – switched to 100% coconut water
- Sugar and milk in tea – posh/decent black coffee and pukka tea
- No chocolate (most of the time) – switch to no bake energy bites
Just making small changes such as these can greatly reduce your sugar intake and can help you to avoid the feelings of lethargy associated with a diet high in sugar.
After this as you do your weekly shop and read the labels you’ll begin to feel much better about the food choices you make for yourself and your family.
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