Have Yourself A Sugar-free Day

How long have you been drowning in sugar?  Well, your rescue team has arrived with your life raft!

Let’s begin by reviewing some alarming facts about refined sugar.

  • Americans are consuming more than 150 pounds of sugar apiece each year, and the amount is rising.
  • Sugar can cause mood swings and erratic behavior.
  • Overconsumption of sugar increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
  • Excessive sugar consumption can cause insatiable cravings, premature aging, lethargy, a weakened immune system, and more.
  • Sugar lacks nutrients.
  • Too much sugar can be toxic, creating inflammation in the body.
  • Sugar can be addictive—the more you eat, the more you want.

Now, let’s put things into perspective.  The American Heart Association recommends no more that 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for women.  One 20-ounce bottle of pop contains about 64 grams of sugar.  That’s a whopping 13 teaspoons! You’re already way over your limit for the day.  And your 12-ounce caramel Frappuccino contains 44 grams of sugar. That’s almost 9 teaspoons!  

Did I get your attention?  So what are you going to do with this information?  Let’s create a simple plan to begin implementing right now.

Severing your relationship with sugar may not be as difficult as you think.  But wait a minute—before you attempt to swear off the sweet stuff forever and get upset with yourself for not being able to stick with it, consider this.  Say no to cookies, cakes, pies, donuts, ice cream, candy, soda and sweet drinks MOST of the time.  And enjoy an occasional indulgence when attending a birthday party, special event or holiday celebration.  This is a smart, realistic way to make your new lifestyle change work.

At what time during the day do you begin craving junk?  Many people lack energy around mid-afternoon and are tempted to grab that candy bar. Instead, be prepared to switch out the candy with wholesome sweetness like apples with nut butter, strawberries with plain yogurt, hummus and veggie sticks, and whole-grain crackers with sliced avocado.  These balanced choices will provide the nutrients your body needs—healthy carbs, fat and protein, which can satisfy your sweet tooth and curb your hunger.

If you need to sweeten your food and beverages, consider using sugar alternatives.  The glycemic index is a scale that ranks foods based on their blood sugar levels. Coconut nectar and dates are tasty, low glycemic sweeteners that contain fiber and nutrients.  Stevia has no glycemic index and no calories.

Information is one of the best weapons when making lifestyle changes.  Be grateful for your life raft.  Eat well-balanced meals that consist of wholesome, nutritious choices.  And don’t be surprised if you begin to notice positive changes in your health in a short period of time.

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Remove artificial sweeteners and diet sodas from your shopping list.  They are NOT healthy alternatives to sugar.  Many ingredients in these products have been linked to a variety of serious health problems.

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When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.

In love, peace and health,

T. Kari Mitchell, M. Ed
Motivational Speaker
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Certified Aromatherapist