I love sugar. As a kid, I would sneak into the pantry when my mom was grocery shopping for a quick sugar fix. This love has taken many forms: soda, sweet tea, Arnold Palmer’s, cookies, and iced chocolate mochas. Did you know that sugar has been proven to be more addictive than cocaine?
For years I struggled with fatigue, sugar crashes during the day. Since I got married my waist line started to expand. At one point I was considered pre-diabetic and I realized it was time to reduce my sugar intake. Sugar contains no nutritional value, no protein, no healthy fats, and no vitamins. It is not a necessary part of a healthy diet.
- heart disease
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- pre-mature aging
- weight gain
- sleep trouble
- stress on the liver
- decreased short term memory function
For me, it started with being aware I was pre-diabetic and the consequences of my sugar intake. I began reading labels so I knew how much sugar I was consuming. That was difficult because sugar has over 20 different names on a nutritional label.
At one point I learned a 32oz Arnold Palmer at Sonic contained 72 grams of sugar. That was a big wakeup call for me. I haven’t had one since. Although I will indulge occasionally, that knowledge has encouraged me to practice self control.
Here are some quick tips for reducing refined sugar intake.