🥑Discover how to kick that ‘Sugar Addiction’ with 3 simple strategies

 In Corporate Wellness, Wellness Programs

As you continue your journey to better health, I know eating healthy is part of your long-term goals so I want to share some information about Sugary Foods that I think you’ll find helpful.  

This conversation is about Sugary Foods and the tangible steps you can do to {reduce or benefits of topic}.  If you’ve already been working on this goal and making progress, that’s great!  Congratulations! Stay with me because I have some interesting facts that I think you’ll appreciate.  And if you’re considering putting a bit more effort into your diet or health, you’ll find the following information very useful as well.

So, the bottom line is we all need to substantially reduce our free or added sugar intake. This means significantly limiting sources of added sugars like refined sugar, honey, brown sugar, agave, maple syrup, and the like.  At first, most people feel this is difficult to achieve with today’s busy lifestyles and schedules. And you may think that you’ll have to give up eating your favorite foods or drinking your favorite beverages. Too many sacrifices to be worth it.

Don’t let your mind fool you into thinking that maintaining a healthy diet is too much work and the effort is more than the benefits.  Truth is, this is probably one of the most important positive things you can do for yourself and I, along with the EP Health coaching team, are here to support you along the way.  I’ll talk about ways to connect at the conclusion of this conversation.

In the short term, you may feel eating healthy is work and expensive.  The reality is that after just a week or two, you’re going to feel a lot better, physically and mentally, after cutting out your sugar intake.  Over time, you’ll discover so many other foods and drinks that you’ll love even more than what you think you’re enjoying now. In a short time, you’re going to notice that you don’t miss the unhealthy foods you’ve been eating and drinking. You will discover ways to shift your spending dollars from less important things to healthy, fresh, and natural food items.  

Your body and mind will both thank you in many ways.  Here are 10 examples:

  1. Your weight will drop some pounds and your body will lose fat.
  2. Your body’s blood pressure and HDL cholesterol will improve.
  3. Your risk of type 2 diabetes may be reduced.
  4. Your risk of heart attack and stroke will be reduced.
  5. Risks of certain types of cancers, like colorectal and prostate, will be reduced.
  6. Your immune system will get stronger.
  7. Your skin will improve. In fact, taking in a lot of sugar actually damages the collagen and elastin which help prevent wrinkles, and in some cases, acne and psoriasis.
  8. You’ll experience sustained energy that is balanced and longer in duration rather than the rollercoaster ‘sugar-highs’ and crashing lows.  When you replace sugar with more protein, fiber, and healthy fats, you’ll stabilize your energy level throughout the day.
  9. You’ll save money on dental work.  It’s true, the bacteria in our mouth thrive on sugar and this can lead to cavities, plaque, and bad breath.
  10. Some studies have indicated that high amounts of sugar can set off inflammatory responses in our bodies which can be subtle and not so subtle.  These inflammatory responses have been linked to mental functioning, skin health, and even lung health and breathing.

Sugar interacts with our body’s biology and functioning in many negative ways because our bodies were never designed to respond favorably to high levels of sugar.  But there can also be some positive effects.

There are certain times when you can harness and control the power of sugar to your benefit.  For instance, when it comes to high-intensity exercise, carbs are actually good and necessary.  Whether you’re eating a complex carb (like brown rice) or a simple one (the honey on your Greek yogurt), your body breaks it down into glucose—and that liquid sugar coursing through your veins is the preferred fuel source for your muscles. If you’re training for a marathon or triathlon, you’ll probably want to avoid a low-sugar diet. But also, don’t just eat a Snickers between workouts.

Also, don’t feel pressured to eat and drink what other people eat and drink.  It’s your body. Your health. And your responsibility to be healthy.

  • My take on reading nutrition labels on foods is that it’s a very smart thing to do.  Sugars such as cane sugar, surculose, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar syrup, cane crystals, evaporated cane juice, and malt syrup (just to name a few) are often found in processed food items.  Be aware of what’s inside and how much there is.

I want to say three words about sugary sodas and flavored drinks. Stop drinking them! Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, which amounts to a huge source of sugar in our diet, is a leading risk of obesity, and in particular, belly fat.   Our bodies don’t get enough water to drink more of it instead. You’ll feel the difference almost right away.

One of the best investments we can make in ourselves is in what we put into our bodies.  Healthy foods may cost a little more, but you’ll save more in the long run by living a healthier life with lower risks and incidents of illness and disease.  You’ll also have the energy to do more.

Eating well can be easy, enjoyable and doesn’t have to be an obsession. In fact, if you obsess overeating, you’ll take the fun out of it and most likely will slip back into unhealthy choices.  Cutting back on sugar doesn’t mean limiting what you can eat and drink. It just means making better choices for your body and mind.

Don’t expect quick results. Keep your focus on your long-term goals. The extent to which you care for your mind and body today will have a huge impact as your body ages in the years to come.  Your future body and mind will thank you for what you’re doing today.

There are many safe, healthy, and low-effort ways to reduce sugar intake.  In our next conversation, I’ll review strategies that you will find to be doable and sustainable, without feeling like you’re missing out on enjoying eating and drinking.

EP Health has a growing library of helpful information for eating well, including easy and delicious recipes.  


Sidney Shindle & Jeff Lefkovich

EP Health

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