Reducing Sugar in Your Diet, One Step at a Time

Sugar is addictive - I know! The more you eat, the more you want. Here are some excellent strategies for breaking away from the sugar monster. Hope you enjoy - Kaye
From The Chalkboard Magazine, 3.22.16

We won’t sugarcoat it. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances out there – as addictive (if not more so) than drugs such as cocaine and morphine. In fact, our brain reacts quite similarly when we consume it, which can wreck havoc on our overall health, not just our waistlines.
It’s no wonder the world has a growing health epidemic on its hands; as a nation, we are heavier than we have ever been, and we are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as Type II Diabetes, heart disease and mood disorders earlier and earlier in our lives. From excess fat, increased cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, and diabetes, to mood disorders, brain fog and energy issues, sugar could be at the root of our problem
The sheer amount of sugar in our daily diets is certainly one of the main culprits. From sweets to sodas, and even many savory foods, we consume nearly 140 pounds of sugar a year – individually. While, of course, 10,000 years ago they didn’t have access to the same sugar extracts we do today, our ancestors consumed a mere 20 teaspoons of sugar a year! That’s just 3 grams more than the sugar content in one 20-ounce soda!
While sugar consumption is one of the toughest food habits to break, reducing our sugar intake is one of the best changes we can make to impact our overall health. Whether you decide to take it slow and make a couple of small changes to your diet or decide to go full throttle and cut sugar out altogether, cold turkey, we’ve rounded up our best tips to help reduce sugar intake, one step at a time. READ MORE