Bye Bye Sugar!

Bye Bye Sugar!

One of the most helpful things you can do for your health is to cut down on sugar intake.

The average adult consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. Children consume about 34 teaspoons. One 12 ounce can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Wow.

Cutting sugar from your diet may help decrease various different health complaints: fatigue, joint pain, rashes, anxiety and stress, migraine, acid reflux, irritable bowel. But don’t take my word for it. The American Dietetic and Diabetic Association cite increased sugar consumption as the leading cause of degenerative disease.

Four ways I use to keep my sugar intake down are:

  • Don’t drink it. No soda. No sugar in my coffee or tea. I mostly drink water. If I need to make it more exciting occasionally I’ll carbonate it or infuse it with lemon, fruit, or cucumber.
  • Eat the right veges. I love all my veges, but I try to go heavier on the non-starchy ones like green beans, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, peppers, and broccoli.
  • Cut dairy. There is more sugar in dairy than it gets credit for. Not to mention the other reasons to cut dairy.
  • Get 8 hours of sleep at night. Sleeping less can drive us to eat more.

I still partake in sugar. Nothing wrong with a celebratory cake or cookie here and there. It just doesn’t need to be an everyday addiction.

Sorry I’m not sorry – bye bye sugar!

 

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