It’s an easy Sunday afternoon, I'm deep into my daydreaming, and I can smell the aroma of baked cookies calling for me. I walk into the kitchen and there she is, pulling fresh cookies out of the oven. Not a daydream! Just a ‘nice memory from my childhood visiting my Aunt Mary. Boy, did she make good homemade oatmeal raisin cookies!
What does sugar do for us? Are our sugar cravings there to provide familiar, comforting feelings from childhood or do they set off a cascade of chemical reactions that trigger our dependency? It could be both! Let's look at this further.
Everyone wants an easy fix when it comes to their health goals and as we all know, easy fixes are hard to come by. What if I told you there was one simple focus you could start with to improve your mood, get in shape, and reverse the clock?
Cut down on sugar! Do away with the sweet nothings that do nothing for your health!
Let's face it - we are programmed to love sugar, and the food industry doesn’t help by adding high fructose corn syrup to everything. From our mood to weight gain to much more serious ailments, it is the root cause of disease.
Here are some signs that you are consuming too much sugar:
- Feeling sluggish, moody, and stressed
- Experiencing breakouts and sagging skin
- Gaining weight
- Constant sugar cravings
- Tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease
- Getting sick easily
- Warnings from your doctor about diabetes and heart disease
Sugar sets off chemical reactions in our body that trigger ALL these symptoms. By cutting down on your sugar consumption, you can take charge of your health.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Increase your protein and fiber intake to put sugar cravings at bay.
- Avoid soda and sugary drinks.
- After you finish dinner, brush your teeth and avoid the witching hour of sugary snacks.
- Drink more water since cravings are sometimes thirst in disguise.
- Just don't buy your usual sugary snacks - when they're not in the house, it's going to be much harder to give in.
- When all else fails and your cravings are strong, eat alternative foods like fruit with a handful of nuts or cheese, a berry parfait, or a protein bar.
You will be surprised at the difference it makes when you cut down on sugar!
Are you ready to get your life back?
Work with Maria Dello, a certified nutritionist, and take the Low Sugar Challenge!
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