With Halloween approaching, now is the time to start seriously thinking about the amount of sugar you are consuming on a regular basis. Did you know that most people NEVER lose the one pound of weight they gain between Halloween and New Year’s Eve – EVERY YEAR? Over a lifetime, that adds up to some serious extra pounds.
Sugar has been labeled by many as a toxin, and for good reason. It’s related to diseases that dominate our healthcare system, such as obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Many people do not realize that these diseases can usually be reversed through simple dietary measures.
TRY THIS EXERCISE
A simple yet effective exercise is cleaning out your kitchen pantry – start today!
Donate or toss the foods that you know contain tempting sugar. Pay special attention to canned foods and packaged items, which are often the worst offenders.
If you’re not sure it’s sugar, use this list of fancy names to identify the addictive, elusive ingredient. It’s referred to in many different ways, but at the end of the day, it’s all sugar:
|· sucrose||· HFCS||· turbinado sugar|
|· cane sugar||· maltose||· brown sugar|
|· corn syrup||· raw sugar||· confectioner’s sugar|
When I share this with my clients, they often ask, “what’s left to eat?” The answer is plenty. Next time you’re at the grocery store, choose whole, unprocessed foods free of lengthy nutrition labels. When was the last time you saw an ingredient list on a stalk of broccoli?
Go for these naturally sugar-free, delicious options:
|· fruits||· nuts||· eggs|
|· vegetables||· seeds||· fish|
|· whole grains||· beans||· meat|
Remember: whole foods are what belong in your whole body. Keeping your pantry and fridge stocked with colorful, fresh, healthy food is step one. Set yourself up for success!