Spring Cleaning Series #2

Sugar. 

Let’s just get this one out of the way.  I know that right now a lot of you are thinking that you may just skip this blog post!  Stay with me!! I am not saying you can NEVER eat a slice of birthday cake again, but let’s just take a moment to realize what an addictive and harmful substance this is and consider cleaning it out of our daily routine.

It would take me numerous blog posts to really give you all the necessary information so today I am going to refer you to a video and a few links that already have some great info.  If you decide you may want to make a serious change feel free to contact me and I can help you navigate the endless amount of diets, websites, and information out in the world!

We are genetically wired to LOVE sweet!  Our brain has a reward center. When it receives the sweet information it says “YES!! More of that please!!”

To kick the sugar habit we literally have to ‘rewire’ our brain.  Change the way it thinks, convince it that broccoli is fabulous.

My suggestion for March is to give up the sweets for the month, read labels and take note of the hidden sugar in your life. It is in your milk, your yogurt, juice, nutrition bars, cereal, crackers, everywhere!!

The average person eats 60 lbs of sugar a year, that is approximately 120 cups of sugar!! That is 6 of these 10 lb bags in case you need a visual!!

 

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The American Heart Association recommends no more than 9 teaspoons for men and no more than 6 teaspoons for women. We are eating at least twice that on average.

Watch this video on how much sugar is in a can of Coke.soda-sugar

Here are a few links to look over this month.  I will follow up with a post on the different types of sugar, how it hides, and the dangers of artificial sweeteners.

Happy March!!!!

Food Babe, Sugar Detox

TED Talk video on sugar in the brain

How does sugar effect the brain?

 

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