Sugar is everywhere and in most everything. Even those foods that don’t need added sugar such as yogurt. It’s hidden in so many things that most people don’t realize how much sugar they are actually eating.
And with over 40 different names for sweeteners, it’s no wonder you may not recognize some of the names of these sweeteners.
In the past 40 years, so many new forms of sugar have crept into our food. Most people are now consuming about 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. I’m talking about added sugar, not naturally occurring sugar such as in fruit.
Sugar is linked to diabetes. With sugar being in everything it’s no wonder that 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. It’s also linked to high LDL, high blood pressure, hear disease, inflammation, early onset of Alzheimer’s and even premature wrinkles.
What can you do? Take a close look at your diet, read labels and eat clean!
Go Clean, But You Don’t Have To Go Crazy...
Even the smallest changes can make a difference. Cleaning up your diet can mean a slimmer, more energetic you. It also means that you are taking lessening your chances for so many diseases caused by the harm that sugar can do to your body.
How To Get Started:
Start with breakfast – Breakfast should include protein, fats and carbohydrates. This will lessen cravings and lessen your chance of just grabbing whatever is in front of you. Protein will keep you satisfied longer. Eating breakfast also ‘wakes up’ your metabolism after sleeping all night.
It’s also been found that people who eat breakfast, are able to more easily lose weight and keep it off. People who skip breakfast are 4 ½ times more likely to be obese.
Some suggestions for breakfast include a high-quality protein shake, gluten free oatmeal and a teaspoon of peanut butter. Another suggestion is eggs, whole grain toast and 1/2 an avocado.
Never Skip a Meal – Skipping meals may cause you to start having cravings. Along with meals, you should have healthy snacks ready. Snacks such as granny smith apple with almond butter, nuts and seeds, veggies with hummus, high-quality protein shake.
Use Spices for Flavor – Instead of sugar in your coffee, try using cinnamon and cardamom. Spices can help put your sweet tooth to sleep while not only adding flavor but other health benefits from the spice. There’s nothing better than fresh spice. Sugar has that sweet taste but when it comes to adding flavor, you’ll get that from adding spices.
The number one thing that you can do for your health, and weight, is cleaning the hidden sugars from your diet.