Health Coach Leslie Smoot
From Real Foods Market
The number one source of calories in the United States is sugar….and it is highly addictive.
In the 1900’s the average person consumed 15 grams of sugar (less than 4 sugar cubes) a day. Today the average person consumes 88 grams (22 sugar cubes) a day. And it is becoming “normal” for kids to consume 150 grams (38 sugar cubes) a day.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT OUR BODY?
This type of exposure can lead to some severe metabolic consequences. The body simply cant process it as quickly as it comes in and this overdose of sugar causes many chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver even cancer.
On top of that, sugar makes us fat!
START SEEING SUGAR
When we hear sugar, we may think of white sugar, brown sugar or high fructose corn syrup, but; even processed carbohydrates are forms of sugar. For example, many people think starting the day with a bagel and cream cheese is a low sugar choice, however, once your body breaks down the carbohydrates, they turn into sugar. We need to start seeing bread, pasta, cereal, potatoes, corn and even rice as foods that high in sugar.
BUSTING THE ASPARTAME MYTH
Many are lead to believe that foods sweetened with aspartame are a better choice because it is sugar free. Personally I consider aspartame to be one of the worst substances we can put in our body. Aspartame is known as an excitotoxin to the brain, which excites the brain cells, and then the brain cells die off. It is known to cause neurological and cognitive problems that mimic multiple sclerosis.
THREE STEPS TO LOWER SUGAR CONSUMPTION
If a high sugar diet is “normal” in our culture, then here is an easy way to make a low-sugar diet your “new normal”. Go out today and buy these recommended foods. If you keep good food in the kitchen – you will eat good food!!
STEP ONE: Start with a low-sweet breakfast
Eggs served with steamed spinach
Protein porridge (quinoa, almond milk, almonds and berries)
Power cereal (nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and milk) *My favorite is Martha’s Power up Cereal
Green Drink (pear, cucumber, celery and ginger)
STEP TWO: Re-think your drink
Water infused with fruit
Sparkling water with 2 oz. of juice (great choice to replace soda)
Kombucha (great choice to replace soda)
STEP THREE: Low sugar snack
Hard-boiled egg with Real Salt
Apple and almond butter
Hummus and veggie sticks
Beef jerky or cheese stick
The more processed and sugary food you eat, the more processed and sugary food you will crave. Sugar is highly addicting. The good news is that when you eat REAL food, you will crave REAL food! In fact, when you eat REAL food, your taste buds will change and the super-sweet sugary foods simply won’t taste good to you anymore.