Posted: May 30, 2012

Sugar tempts us all too often. A sugary treat with added fat is hard for most to resist. If you could only indulge once in a while, fine, but most people set themselves up for the highs and lows and highs again of sugar addiction.

Sugar is empty calories. Unless it is in the form of fruit, it has little if any benefit. Keeping your blood sugar stable is a choice. When you consume sugar, carbs, and alcohol, you set the body up for cravings. This rollercoaster of highs and lows, creates a host of health problems. Type II Diabetes, weight gain, lethargy, mood swings, and not feeling good about yourself, just to name a few.

Hidden sugars are everywhere. If you aren’t aware of how many things contain sugar, start reading labels. A glass of skim organic milk contains 11 grams of sugar! Then add on top of that the sugary drinks, desserts, and treats that we think we need, and you wreak havoc with your body.

Sugar goes by many names. Food manufacturers really don’t want you to know that they add sugar to their foods, so they get very tricky! Be smarter than they want you to be! Corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, cane sugar, agave, honey…….it goes on and on. These all do the same thing in your system. They raise your blood sugar temporarily, then send it plummeting. This is not good to the health minded individual. If you prefer a treat, then make it a treat that you are aware of. Enjoy every sweet bite. Make it a special occasion that you let yourself indulge in dessert. Furthermore, eat your sweets with protein. Your body will slow down the absorption, and you won’t feel the surge.

Never start your day with sugar alone. Do not reach for the juice, until you’ve eaten your eggs, or oatmeal. If you must start with juice, mix it into a protein shake.
Become label savvy. Stick to natures sugar. Fruit will quench your sweet tooth when you get used to looking forward to it. Fruits are loaded with nutrients, and fiber. Your body will thank you for it! So will your waistline!

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