Aha Moments: A Few Reflections on Wellness
Do you constantly crave sweets and want to know why?
Do you want to gain control without deprivation?
These are a few of the questions answered in my 90-minute “Sugar Blues Revenge” presentation on October 1 at Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien, IL.
Many people are drowning in sugar and are looking for a life raft. This session helped participants understand the causes of sugar cravings and offered practical ways to permanently change their relationship with sugar. Participants were granted permission to enjoy the foods they love and include sweetness in their lives without the side effects or guilt.
Are you tired of singing the sugar blues and looking to download a new tune?
Key points from the presentation:
- Overconsumption of added sugar and processed carbs is one of the main causes of chronic diseases.
- Many authorities agree that sugar is addictive.
- The American Heart Association provides these daily guidelines for added sugar consumption:
Men—150 calories or 9 teaspoons
Women—100 calories or 6 teaspoons
Children—50 calories or 3 teaspoons
- Some common causes of sugar cravings include: stress, lifestyle, consumption of salty and fatty foods, career, relationships, and protein and water imbalances.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners and diet sodas—many ingredients in these products have been linked to a variety of health problems.
- The average American consumes more than 100 pounds of sugar per year and the number is growing.
- Besides lacking nutritional value, refined, processed sugar causes tooth decay and nutritional deficiencies in the body and can have harmful effects on our metabolism.
- A 20-ounce bottle of pop contains about 64 grams of sugar—13 teaspoons!
- Sugar has been linked to obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, headaches and erratic behavior.
- Read food labels for added sugar.
- Become mindful of the “extra” sugar you are ingesting. For example, juice has more sugar that fresh fruit; dried fruit has more sugar than fresh fruit.
- In order to avoid spikes in blood sugar, consider minimally processed alternatives to processed white sugar—in moderation, i.e. agave, dates, stevia.
- You will notice positive results in a short period of time once you decide to change your lifestyle and eating habits.
- Follow the 90-10 rule—eat healthily most of the time. Switch out candies, cookies and cakes 90% of the time for wholesome sweetness like apples with nut butter, strawberries with plain yogurt, and whole grain crackers with sliced bananas…
- Sip the Garden: Fun, Easy Drinks for a Healthier Family, a recipe book and resource guide, shows families how to substitute soda with wholesome, nutritious beverages.
Learn to reduce sugar in satisfying ways for a healthier you!
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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”—Joseph Campbell
Love, peace and health,
T. Kari Mitchell
Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach