Already we are well into February and going sugar-free promises many health benefits in making long-term changes. Some say being sugar-free could be harder to do than Dry January!

Unlike the low fat diet of yesteryear, the sugar-free one is principally low in starchy, easily digestible carbs but packed full of disease-fighting vitamins and flavonoids. With its roots in a Mediterranean style of cooking, a sugar-free way of eating is derived from the habits of people living in the Med and can be applied to a wide range of cuisines from Chinese to Indian to Mexican. For this reason, people find it easier to stick to (unlike the low fat one) because it’s easy and enjoyable – and affordable.

Whether you are going the whole hog and following a strict sugar-free diet for non-yo-yo-ing blood levels – and there is plenty of information out there – or just cutting out refined sugars as found in cakes, biscuits, fizzy drinks, tomato sauce and fizzy drinks; the wellbeing benefits are numerous.

Cancer Research supports sugar-free February

It is also linked to a month of high-intensity fund raising for Cancer Research, the charity continues with its annual high profile sugar-free campaign providing handy hints and tips, recipes and downloads, encouraging you to cut out sugar and raise money from this tough challenge

Seven steps to a sugar-free you!

Just following these key principles for low carb Mediterranean-style eating for a healthier you!

  • Minimise or avoid the white carbs - bread, pasta, potato, rice, and processed cereals.
  • Cut down on refined sugar, sugary drinks and desserts, and be careful about your intake of false sweeteners, too.
  • Eat more veg! Make sure veg makes up half your plate
  • Have some fruit but just a couple of portions per day.
  • Eat plenty of high-quality proteins found in meat, oily fish, eggs, and seafood.
  • Enjoy your dairy products and healthy fats and oils, such as olive oil, yoghurt, nuts, avocados,
  • Use vinegar in your cooking! It’s a powerful ingredient linked to weight loss, suppressing appetite and maintaining healthier blood sugar levels.

Combined with watching your portion sizes and enjoying an increased exercise regime, going sugar-free could be life changing!

Drink more water when going sugar-free

A top tip is to remember to increase your water intake to reduce the effect of calorie cutting such as tiredness and headaches. If you feel hungry try drinking a glass of chilled and filtered water or a cup of herbal tea – often hunger feelings are really signs of dehydration!

Filtered and chilled water from a plumbed in or bottled water cooler or drinking water fountain or multi-use KettleTap (boiling and cold) tastes great and therefore helps you to drink more.

Refill and refresh in sugar-free February

Keep a bottle for life handy at your desk or in your bag and keep it topped up. Refill and reuse saves on single-use plastic purchases and helps the environment. Our Blue Chill cold drinking water products help reduce Pass On Plastic by Reuse Refill Refresh.