30-Day Challenge Module 22
- Read today's module and watch the video on "Why Cutting Sugar Might be the Best Thing for Your Health."
- Think of ways you can make healthier choices when it comes to sugar. Feel free to share those thoughts with the Facebook Group. If you are participating in our coaching program be prepared to discuss this with your coach this week.
- Continue to log what you ate today, the portion sizes, and how you felt in your food log.
- Participate in your scheduled exercise routine. If you have yet to participate in today's feature video CLICK HERE.
Why Cutting Sugar Might be the Best Thing for your Health
Did you know that sugar is the leading cause of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's, and dementia?
Did you know that sugar is the biggest contributor to weight gain? So, in fact, it's not fat that is making you fat, it's sugar.
The average Canadian consumes 26-30 teaspoons of sugar a day. So where is all the sugar that we are consuming coming from? Sugar is hidden in many of the things we eat every day, such as white bread, white rice, and white pasta. Fill your diet with whole grains, nuts, berries, vegetables, healthy fats, and grass-fed meat. Getting rid of the sugar in your diet will be the key to helping your body function the way it was designed to function.
If you're looking for motivation to help you kick the sugar habit, here are just a few ways sugar is messing with you.
1. It's making you gain weight.
Studies have shown that people who consume the most sugar are the most likely to be overweight or obese. Unfortunately, a lot of people reach for foods that will give their bodies a quick rush of energy when they feel a dip, when often their body is actually craving protein or a healthy fat. That's why if you eat pasta for dinner, you may find yourself looking for chocolate or potato chips not long after. And even after eating one of those "treat" foods, you'll still be looking for something else to satiate you in a way that sugar never will.
2. It's messing up your immunity.
Excess sugar intake actually compromises your ability to fight off infection. Eating eight tablespoons of sugar can drastically reduce the ability of your white blood cells to fight off germs. This will make you more susceptible to colds and you'll stay sick longer.
3. It's making you store more fat.
Sweet treats flood your system with sugar too quickly, and usually with no fat or fibre to slow it down. This causes your insulin levels to rise and because you can't use all that energy, your body will convert it to fat.
4. It's controlling you.
Sugar is addictive and there's a good reason why eating sugar temporarily makes you feel better. Eating sugary foods prompts your body to release dopamine. Know what else does? Drugs like cocaine, morphine, nicotine, and amphetamines. Those who are addicted to that sugar rush eat it at regular intervals to keep those happy feelings going.
5. You're eating way more of it than you think you are.
Sugar is in everything. If you buy processed foods, from salad dressing to pasta sauce, you are eating a lot of added sugar. Next time you're shopping, pick up a few of your favourite products and check out the labels. Sugar is probably hiding somewhere, and here are just some of the ways sugar is listed on food labels: barley malt, beet sugar, cane juice crystals, caramel, corn syrup, date sugar, dextrose, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, golden sugar, golden syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltodextrin, mannitol, molasses, sorghum syrup, and sucrose.
In the video below, Sara Siedleski, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, explains more on why sugar has such an effect on our body.
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