Sugar Shakedown

by Jenn FitzPatrick on April 9, 2012

Easter has to be one of biggest “sugar” days of the year next to Valentine’s Day and Halloween of course. And the evidence for this is  everywhere. Walk into any store and you are bound to be staring eye to eye with  chocolate bunnies, candy-filled eggs,  bright yellow Peeps, and all the other sweets that are touted as Easter treats. It’s no wonder there are so many sugar addicted individuals out there. And this number just continues to grow.

Research has proven that sugar has lots of ill effects on one’s health. Here are some of the down and dirty facts of sugar:

* sugar decreases growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)
* Sugar feeds cancer
* Sugar increases cholesterol
* Sugar can weaken eyesight
* Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children
* Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein
* Sugar causes food allergies
* Sugar contributes to diabetes
* Sugar can contribute to eczema in children
* Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease
* Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
* Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida (yeast infections)
* Sugar contributes to osteoporosis

It is apparent that sugar is toxic and we definitely need to find ways to limit sugar in our diets.

For those of you ready to take on this challenge, here are some simple strategies that can be started today.

1. Reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake, which causes your blood sugar swings and more cravings.

2. Drink your water. Cravings are sometimes caused by dehydration.

3. Try to add sweet fruits and vegetables into your diet. All contain natural sugars that your body can metabolize better.

4.Try sugar substitutes, like maple syrup, Stevia, dried fruit or agave nectar.

5. Get moving! Exercise helps balance blood sugar levels and helps boost energy.

6. Get your rest and zzz’s. When you are tired your body will crave energy in the form of sugar.

7. Try adding different spices. Cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg will naturally sweeten your foods.

8. Avoid fake foods. These are loaded with sugars and empty calories and all send you on sugar highs and lows.

I would love to hear your tips and strategies on your own sugar shakedown.

xoJenn (www.shefitinc.com)

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1 Kelly April 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I love chocolate so much.. but you are right.. too much sugar!

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