Toss the sugar…Now we’re getting serious!

photoxpress 13220761Last week I wrote about getting hydrated! Are you drinking your water? Remember the best time to grab a glass of water is right away when you wake up. Starting this habit will help you to realize when you are thirsty throughout the day!

So What’s Next?! Sugar!

The Average American now consumes 100 pounds of sugar and sweeteners per year! Yikes! Our bodies were not designed to handle this much sugar! This is why we are seeing a rise in diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses. Every time we take in sugar, our body sends out a hormone called insulin to drive the sugar out of our blood. It does this by creating fat cells to put the excess sugar into. So bottom line…too much sugar = more insulin = more body fat.

Start looking at where sugar is getting into your world. This would include things like soda, energy drinks, cookies, muffins, treats as well as breads, pastas and alcohol. So what do you like to grab? Start to notice and start to reduce.

Sugar is highly addictive! Artificial Sweeteners are even worse! If a label says “diet” or “low calorie” it probably has an artificial sweetener in it. Artificial sweeteners are proven to cause weight gain…avoid products such as “Equal” or “Splenda” or “High Fructose Corn Syrup”. If a label says “low fat” it probably has extra sugar in it to make up for the taste. Avoid foods labeled “diet” and “low-fat”!

The Solution?

Look at the labels of products you are eating and notice how much sugar is on the label. Many foods have 10, 15, or even 30 grams of sugar! Ideally, look for products to be under 5 g of sugar. I’ll be doing a grocery store tour on July 12th (after the workout), sign up if you want to learn more about label reading and how to figure out the foods that will work better for YOU!!

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Sound Nutrition LLC
Julie McMahon, CHHC

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October 22, 2014
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