Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Avoiding Added Sugar

The goal of this blog is to give us all a little "tip of the week". Something for our brains to chew on instead of our mouths! Education is the key. We all hear the phrase to "be mindful", to be aware of what we are putting into our bodies. Does just being aware help us when we are hurried, stressed and hungry? Once we are aware, will we automatically make good choices? Not always, but as time goes by and we keep educating ourselves, it will get easier and we will make better choices more often.

One thing that would help us all would be to cut back on the added sugars in our lives. Very simply, we all have a calorie range, when we go over it, we gain weight. When we add in excess sugar it crowds out the healthy food. One simple thing to do is to cut out soda. I know what you are thinking, I can hear the screams clear over here! I feel your pain, I used to be totally addicted to soda too. But, for one week, I'd like for us all to focus on how many we drink and try and think of ways to substitute. Unsweetened tea is a great substitute, believe it or not, your taste buds will change over time. We have "learned" to enjoy things a certain way, we can 'unlearn" them too!

Here is the education part. Adults who drink soda are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese. A 20 oz. bottle of soda has 17 added teaspoons of sugar.

Change is hard, but worth it because you are worth it! We all want to be fabulous, right?


Sue said...

I agree!!! Change is hard. I used to hate anything that was sugar free, but after only a short time, I have become addicted to crystal light "on the go" Conveniently adds to a bottle of water, easy to carry, and tastes great!!!!