Steps to Cut on Sweets
Go tough on your sweet tooth.
The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system. - Robert C. Peale
Overcome your sugar habit
Sugar is the apple of the eye of many. People do not realize how addicted they are to sugar until they are affected by prolonged intake. There is sugar in almost everything stacked on the supermarket shelves nowadays. Goods with high content of sugar relatively cost cheaper than those that do not.
Too much sugar can be deadly with continuous intake over a prolonged period. It contributes to obesity and diabetes.
Obesity is the second leading cause of death in America. In 2010, almost 60 million Americans succumbed to obesity due to their addiction with sugar. These people also have increased risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, and arthritis.
High sugar level suppresses the immune system, distresses the mineral relationships in the body, and causes hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children. Not only does it produce a significant raise in triglycerides, it also affects the body's defense against bacterial infection. Sugar causes loss of tissue elasticity and function, interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium, and also weakens eyesight. The list really goes on.
Be on guard
1. Study! You need to be aware of what sugar can do to you. Until realization hits you hard on what it can do, you will find it hard to kick this habit off. Most people will not be able to comprehend the destruction they are causing to their body overtime until it is too late.
Sugar supports fat storage. Insulin is probably the most important hormone in the body when it comes to weight loss and energy. The good news is - insulin is a hormone that we have full control of from the food we eat and the way we live. Sugar also disrupts normal brain function, decreases your overall health, and makes you age faster.
2. Power Think! Understand that you are in 100% control of your actions. Do not let anything get in the way. You have the power. If you are not going to snack on the chocolate bar, then you won't. If you are not going for your second serving at dinner, then you won't. You are in control.
3. Decide! Live your daily life one choice at a time. Do not fret about the past or the future. Know that you can still be healthy. Live today, live now, and focus.
Opt for more natural foods, whole food proteins, healthy fats, and natural sources of carbohydrates.
4. Check! Eliminate sugar where you can. Sauces, ketchup, soups, processed foods, drinks, health bars, and vitamin drinks all have sugar concealed within them. Always read the labels before you purchase your food.
5. Prevent! Don't enable it. Try not to splurge on cakes, cookies, crisps, candies and pastries. When you splurge on them, you are enabling yourself to eat unhealthier foods. Instead, stock on fruits and vegetables. When shopping at the grocery store, skip the candies and chocolates aisle.
6. Exercise! Your body is meant to perspire. In times of distress, go out for a 30 minutes run instead of grabbing that bar of chocolate! The feel good endorphins will elevate your mood, making you feel better instantly.
7. Sleep! Clock in your hours of sleep. Eating late at night might jeopardize your natural cortisol cycle which will make you crave for more sugar. Head to bed early to get your natural hormone cycle down.
Last but not least, enjoy life. Know your limitations on food. Nutritionists would advise that a cheat day is completely normal. If you are going to eat two slices of cake, make sure you pay for it, run an extra mile for the following week running routine or extend another 30 minutes in the gym. You can compromise but do not lose control of it else you will have a list of paybacks, and it will appear more of a dread than a fun time exercising.
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