Independence from Sugar
Claim Your Independence from Sugar!
Starbucks Venti Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino ~ 18 t.
Cinnabon ~ 15 t.
Coke ~ 7.25 t.
Fruit Loops ~ 8.46 t.
M&M’s packet ~ 5.68 t.
Marshmallows ~ 14.5 t.
Chocolate shake ~ 9 t.
Orange juice ~ 4.5 t.
Banana ~ 4 t.
Apple or orange ~ 5.5 t.
Ketchup serving ~ 5.6 t.
Slice of whole wheat bread ~ 2 t.
Working out…making healthier choices…although just can’t seem to shed that extra fat? You may want to check the labels on some of your favorite “health food items” in your refrigerator and pantry.
Shocker Alert: My organic almond milk that I love to throw into smoothies contains 3.25 t. of sugar in one cup! Wow…before my morning even barely begins I have consumed more than half of my daily intake of sugar. Time to make a change!
The average American consumes 30 plus t. of sugar per day. The USDA recommends we should not consume more than 6 t. for women, 9 t. for men and 3 t. for children. Is it any wonder the obesity rates have skyrocketed? America leads the way with a whopping 45% of our population being obese.
Ahhhhh…but a creamed-cheese danish with a cup of hazelnut coffee…pure bliss! I deserve it, right?! Well maybe, but think again. Sometimes we “reward” ourselves with things that actually punish the body. Try rewarding yourself with fun choices that are not food! You work very hard to keep in shape and protect your health although sugar may be sabotaging all your best efforts. First, let’s check out the negative punch this enticing little crystal packs.
- Excess sugar is stored as fat causing weight gain and visceral fat accumulation. Think that extra spare tire around the waist. Ugh!
- Fructose accelerates the usual oxidation of our cells causing damage and disease. Cell health is imperative to living the disease-free life we want and are the basis of everything in the body. Healthy mother cell = 2 healthy daughter cells. In contrast, unhealthy mother cell = 2 unhealthy daughter cells…and so on….and so on…and so on. Create health one cell at a time and multiply the benefits!
- Recent studies have shown it can be as addictive as cocaine or other drugs. Cravings anyone?! Our ancestors knew how to utilize medicinal cocoa leaves. Now cocaine is processed and isolated and used in the form we know it to be today. Similarly, sugar cane and sugar beets are also processed as forms of sugar we see on the shelves of stores throughout the nation.
- It rarely satisfies your cravings and causes you to eat even more. Ever consumed more cookies than you should and are left wanting something more?
- Sugar has been linked to skin issues such as acne and premature aging of the skin. As a woman, that is the last thing we want or need.
- Rollercoaster rides can occur by spiking of blood sugar, followed by a crash. Optimally, blood sugar levels should be just that…level. We should be aware that not all sugars are the same. Those found naturally in fruit and vegetables also provide vitamins and nutrients are are easier to assimilate and do not wreak the havoc on our bodies that refined sugar does.
- Could accelerate cognitive decline such as impaired memory or even lead to dementia. It may also increase your risk for depression.
- Can negatively impact your dental health by causing cavities. Who wishes to spend more time and money at the dentist?
Path to Sugar Sabotaging Reduction
- Read those labels! Information is power! We can quickly spot the amount of sugar by taking a quick peek at those labels, although recognizing all names for sugar can be a bit more tricky. Sugar has 60 plus different names such as sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, etc. Here is a link that will help you spot the sugar lurking in your foods.
Schedule a 1-1 label grocery tour with Jade, where label reading is a focus and will forever change the way you shop and eat for the better!
2. Skip eating out. Not only will you be able to control your sugar intake, you will save money and can avoid genetically modified food offerings. Restaurants may be a quick and easy fix, although it can be like navigating a land mine when it comes to what is best for your health and body. Avoid canned or processed foods and always opt for organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. If you do eat out, skip reading the menu that is designed to pull you in with carbs and sugar-loaded specials. Ask the server what season vegetables they are currently serving.
Tip: Cooking at home improves family and good friend time. Gathering around a table with a home-cooked meal is a time- honored tradition that promotes healthy relationship building. So go ahead…host a dinner party…even if your special guests are your own family members!
3. Clean house! Go through your pantry and refrigerator to rid them of any processed foods, especially those high in sugar content. You may be shocked to see your favorite so-called “health foods” are full of things you never knew were in them.
4. Drink water. When those cravings hit, first reach for a couple of glasses of the best water available. This will not only curb your cravings, but also help to keep you hydrated which has many health benefits.
Tip: Often, we do not crave water or feel thirsty until we are already dehydrated. A craving for anything could be our body’s way of telling us we are in need of water. Drink 1 full glass whenever craving ANYTHING.
5. Get prepared! Let’s face it, busting the sugar blues can be a battle! Plan ahead by chopping up fresh fruits and vegetables and have them in the refrigerator bagged up and ready to go. Make your own trail mix by choosing your favorite nuts and dried berries. You can even add small amounts of non-sweetened coconut flakes to the mix for a bit of natural sweetener. Plan your weekly meals ahead and take 2-4 hours a week to chop, dice and store the grocery items you need to whip up a healthy and nutritious meal in minutes. Think you don’t have the time? Without your health, does anything else really matter? You only have 1 body. If you don’t take care of it, where will YOU live?
So go ahead! Get ready to be able to grab anything out of your closet, throw it on and look and feel great! Not only will you soon see a difference in your outward appearance, but your inside will be screaming “THANK YOU” as well!