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Are you ready to kick the sugar? The sugar that is adding pounds to your waistline, causing your energy to rise and fall throughout the day, and slowing making you sick- yes it is time for a change. We live in a time when refined sugar is hiding everywhere, and even added to foods that are seemly healthy. We unknowingly consume 22 teaspoons of added sugar daily, which is over 3 times the American Heart Association’s recommendation. Are you ready to gain control over your sugar intake, and your health for that matter? Quitting your sugar habit will not be easy, but it is worth it. Here are some tips to help you get started on your new healthy eating journey.
- Fill your house with healthy food. What you eat is either going to help you or hurt you. Getting rid of the processed foods in your environment and replacing them with good choices is the most important line of defense. Hint: look for simple foods that are not prepackaged such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
- Get a system of support. Tell friends or family that you are giving up added sugar and chances are they will keep you accountable. They may even want to join you.
- Set a timeframe. Start with a few weeks and aim to give it your all for that amount of time. When you have achieved your goal time, reevaluate and make a new goal.
- Read labels. Sugar can hide where you least expect it, even in salad dressing. Use trips to the grocery store as a way to learn about the products you buy on a regular basis. You may be surprised when you pay attention to ingredient lists. No- dried fruit and fruit juice are not the same as fresh fruit.
- Learn all you can. Research how sugar affects your body and take notice of changes when you give it up. Educate yourself on how much sugar you should be consuming each day, and the health risks associated with excess sugar.
- Get plenty of sleep. You can’t tackle this new challenge when you are running on empty.
- Give in to your sweet tooth. As your tastes change, fruit will be your go to sweet fix, and it will taste sweeter than ever.
- Track your progress. It may help to keep a food journal. This will help you keep a record of added sugars you consume and even keep you accountable. You may want to take body measurements such as weight and waist size if you have goals you want to achieve.
- Make time. You need to schedule in time for food preparation, especially at first when you are getting into a routine. You will need extra time for cooking meals, following new recipes, and cutting up fruits and veggies to have on hand for snacks.
- Get motivated. Read books or watch documentaries on the effects of sugar (Fed Up is a good place to start). Talk with friends or family members who have also made the change.
Did you Know? Refined and processed sugar added into our foods has been linked a variety of health problems including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, dementia, and even cancer.
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