Sugar, sugar, and more sugar!! In 2009, more than 50% of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar per day, which equals a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year! The recent campaign in obesity has bought the use of sugar to the forefront. Celebs from Ellen DeGeneres to Kelly Rowland have cut out this sweet-treat from their diets. Many of us are get our high from the sugar rush and the thought of not eating sugar for 24 hours can cause a cold sweat that leaves them shaking in the corner waiting for another fix. Does this sound like you?
I have never been a sugar fan myself and therefore wasn’t overly concerned with kicking the habit cold turkey. However, I do know some people can’t immediately eliminate the white stuff from their daily routine. It is important to realize that a small change can create a big impact. Experts say, cutting back could do us all good—so ditch some of the sugary foods and get accustomed to not adding extra sugar to your meals.
Food for thought! I discovered an informative yet alarming website by Dr. Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., titled: “146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health”. She goes on to discuss the many ways white crystalline substance affects our bodies from suppress the immune system to weakening one’s eyesight.
Not sure how to kick this craze, here are some tips to help your addiction.
1. Clear out your cupboards, shelves and refrigerator.
2. Eat vegetables at every meal.
3. Read the food labels–Other types of sugar are honey, maple
syrup, glucose, fructose, maltose, sorbitol and corn syrup.
4. Eat fruits and nuts.
5. Identify your “killer cravers.”