Sugar Blues!

 

sugar bowl

Do you wonder about the amount of sugar you’re consuming every day? Any idea how much the human body can safely consume? Like, what is the limit?  Is there a limit?  Do I even WANT a limit?  There’s so much sugar in our environment – sodas, bread, snacks, even sauces and salad dressings!  It is amazing how much sugar has worked into our modern diet, mainly due to the increase in popular soft drinks and packaged foods.  Our bodies can process about six teaspoons of added sugar per day safely.  But if you drink a can of soda, that by itself contains about nine or more teaspoons of added sugar (we won’t even mention the added salt).  So drinking several cans a day, or a large serving of soda, can by itself take you over the limit.  It is estimated that approximately 33% of added sugar is solely from soft drinks alone (according to the American Heart Association)! Sugared soft drinks have led to an increase in obesity, which in turn increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.

I wanted to figure this out for myself due to my own thyroid issues.  I knew that sugar was a problem, and it took some time to limit sugar in my diet.  While I am not a soda drinker, I love sweet snacks, but I could also feel and see the effects in my body.  And I knew I that in order to heal my body, my sugar intake would have to change.

Remember that we come from the Earth.  Our early ancestors did not eat added sugar and if they did, it was in limited amounts, and only when they could find it, for example, honey or fruit in season.  Now that we have access to processed foods, it’s very easy to add way more sugar to our diets than needed.  Even all of those wonderfully-colored and varied fruits in the local grocery store can add more sugar to the diet than needed.  If you are like me and want to make some changes in the right direction, limit consumption of processed foods as much as possible, watch the sweet fruit intake, and drink mostly water, or teas flavored with lemon juice.  You will be amazed at how quickly your tastebuds will adjust!

It’s best to take small steps, for example: “Today I will drink only water with my lunch, instead of the usual soda.”  Maybe start out that way for say, 5 days, or even more if you want.  Then increase it if you can.  Next, substitute water for two meals rather than one, etc.

You may be thinking “Maybe I can use an those artificial sweetener instead!”  Forget it, don’t even GO there!  That’s a topic for another time!

Be on the lookout for my Sugar Blues workshop, where I will go more in depth regarding added sugar and maintaining our health – I will keep everyone posted!