Health

Toss the Sugar!! Now we’re getting serious!

stockvault-sugar-126164We’ve talked 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! We have also talked about adding in GREENS by having a daily green smoothie and adding a salad in daily!

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. Even so called “healthy foods” can be loaded with sugar! Remember we need protein and fiber to slow down the sugar absorption, so look for those on your labels too. Figure out where sugar is coming into your world and make a choice to decrease and eliminate as much as possible.

Julie McMahon, Founder/Owner of Sound Nutrition, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Raw Food Nutrition Educator who is passionate about Nutrition, Health and Wellness. Julie believes in the power of whole foods to create optimal health and maximum energy flow and works with her clients in a step by step approach to achieve their personal vision of health. For more information, or to schedule a free nutrition consultation, visit www.mysoundnutrition.com or call NutritionJulie at 612-270-9344.

May 21, 2015
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