With so much emphasis on our appearances in the media – weight, in particular, is a popular topic – it’s no surprise that dietary trends get a lot of coverage and column inches. Veganism is a rising trend, which our nutritional therapist Julie Deeks, has previously blogged about.

Today Julie looks at another rising trend – cutting down on or cutting out sugar. For some, this is as simple as cutting out refined sugar and reaching for dark instead of milk chocolate. For others, this is as extreme as cutting sugar out as completely as possible, including giving up fruit which has high levels of naturally occurring fructose.

Unfortunately, we rely on sugar for some of our energy. Energy should come from supporting your body with natural foods and hydration, proper sleep and exercise. Reaching for sugar and other pick me ups like coffee just make us crave them even more. We don’t need this amount of added sugar in our diets, and the consequences of eating this much sugar is becoming quite clear, especially for the more sedentary amongst us.

Here at the Forge, we believe that taking care of yourself should be about moderation, not deprivation. If you decide to cut things out of your diet overnight, you are much less likely to stick to it. However, if you cut down before going cold turkey, it’s much easier to break bad habits.

If you’re looking to cut down on sugar, Julie can help you make long-term changes to your diet, that you are able to stick to with her support. These lifestyle changes are the healthier and more last alternative to ‘crash’ diets that promise results in weeks.

If you are ready to make a change, please get in touch and we can arrange an appointment for you with Julie.