Why? Sugar stimulates insulin production and increases your appetite for calorific foods like chocolate, biscuits and sweets. It also encourages fat storage and makes the liver work harder, which disrupts the digestive process.
How? If you have to have a sugar hit, don’t just binge on cake: opt for low GI carbs instead, such as a slice of wholemeal bread, rice cakes or oat biscuits. Remember that processed food has the same effect as sugar on the body, so avoid it like the plague. Fruit is also high in sugar, so eat a few walnuts, almonds or seeds with your fruit to minimize the effects. And sweeteners tend to make you crave sugar, so go for maple syrup or honey instead: they may contain more calories, but they’re healthier.
Hot water and lemon juice
Banana milkshake (blend 300ml organic or soy milk, 1 natural yogurt, 2 small bananas and 1 tsp raisins)
2 slices of wholemeal toast with a thin spread of butter
Seeds and dried fruit
Jacket potato and a small tin of beans
Large salad with a pinch of grated cheese
A pear or peach
Vegetable dips with home-made hoummous (chickpeas, lemon, sesame pasta and garlic).
Stuffed pepper: mix 4 tbsp basmati rice, 2 tsp pine nuts, chopped chives, cherry tomatoes and 60g feta together. Chop a pepper in half, fill and serve with a large portion of steamed veg.