04 Jan One Simple Change Day #1: Monday, Jan. 4th, 2016
Setting myself up for success and a happier, healthier me for 2016. My one change for this week is to work on decreasing the amount of processed sugar I have been consuming especially over these last few weeks. (Why sugar? … see below.) What is your one change for this week?
How will I focus on decreasing my sugar intake? Focus on foods I CAN eat and not on those I can’t or shouldn’t eat. When I start craving sugar (and you KNOW that is going to happen), I will reach for an orange or an apple … something sweetened with natural sugar and not processed sugar or maybe a handful of nuts all while asking myself those four very important words … Am I REALLY hungry?! A piece of dark chocolate can help satisfy those evil sugar cravings while keeping sugar intake down. What will help you stick to your one change?
Why sugar? I have come to learn that sugar really is evil, in my opinion. Bottom line: sugar causes inflammation in the body. This is NOT good especially as we age … arthritis, heart disease, diabetes … Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sugar and I grew up eating lots of processed sugar and gummi bears (my fav!) If you are not convinced that sugar is really bad for you, check out the link below for a list of 144 reasons … yup, 1-4-4 reasons why sugar is bad for you. Need I say more?! Check out reason #30 … I was diagnosed 10 years ago with moderate to severe osteoarthritis in both knees, and I had back surgery (in my 20’s) and neck surgery (2011) … hmmmmm, rethinking all those gummi-bears I ate as a kid.
Interestingly enough, after I decided to make sugar my focus this week, there was a story on the Today Show this morning that links high levels of fructose (sugar) to increased cancer risk. Another very good reason to stay away from high fructose corn syrup!