I just finished watching a pretty good documentary. There are several food and diet documentaries out there, all having their own set lessons and controversies. I found Fed Up to be extremely interesting and I actually agreed with many of the points that were made. The biggest takeaway for me (and why I encourage you to watch this) is learning more about the heavy impact sugar has had in our lives and our health. Watch the official tailer here!
Habitudes we can work on:
1. Sugar is highly addictive, terrible for our health, and found in more food products than you can imagine. There is a recommended daily allotment, but it is the added sugars that sneak up on us and cause us to over consume it. According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:
Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons).
Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).
The best way to avoid added sugars is, no surprise here, eat close the earth! Clean natural unprocessed foods are best. While an orange contains sugar, it is digested and absorbed completely different in the body than a glass of orange juice. Getting healthier does not mean you should buy sugar-free/fat-free products. (As companies simply pump artificial sweeteners and more sugar into these processed foods to improve the taste). It means that for the most part you are eating real foods-unprocessed.
2. An easy way to cut the sugar that turns to fat is to stop drinking soda and other sugar laden beverages. Check out my post on diet soda to learn a little more!
3. Get familiar with all of the different names and forms sugar can be disguised as.
4. Realize you need some sugar to feel good. Just pick the right sources and know that you can be consuming added sugar in foods such as:
Look for alternative homemade recipes for your dressings and sauces using natural at home ingredients.
5. Take responsibility.
I say it ALL OF THE TIME, and I know it is hard as I too am bombarded as I drive around, shop at the grocery, and go out to eat; if you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it. I absolutely think you should buy ice cream for your family…as a treat. It should not be something you pick up every time you go to the store. Better yet, make ice cream a special event by heading to the tasty freeze rather than having it at your finger tips. I highly recommend that you consider doing a 10 day sugar detox. No added sugars for 10 days straight. You will be shocked at how much better you feel, how your taste will change, and all the bonus benefits such as better skin, energy, and weight loss!