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Sugar Seminar Review

Thanks to all who attended the sugar seminar this week.

Here are some highlights from the sugar seminar:

A high percentage of people are eating a lot more sugar than they think they are. Sugar is hidden in many different foods. Most people when they think of sugar think of cookies, candy, soda, etc. But what we need to keep in mind is that all carbs digest into sugar in our bodies. So when we think of sugar start thinking of bread, pasta, rice, fruit, juice, granola bars and condiments. With sugar being linked to many diseases and health conditions we need to start being aware of how much we have coming in daily.

Eating too many carbs/sugar throughout the day can send us on a blood sugar roller coaster. Causing carb and sugar cravings, energy highs and lows, weight gain, mood swings, decreased focus, headaches, and even sleep disturbances.

We do need carbohydrates in our diet the key is to find the right amount for OUR body and activity level. Some people need more carbs than others. When I talk about carbs I want to emphasize "REAL" carbs. The majority of time processed foods and artificial sweeteners should be avoided. Processed foods break down very quickly leaving us hungry and wanting more. Artificial sweeteners are "artificial" and can lead to even more sugar cravings and have many other dangers on their own.

When including carbs in your diet stick to vegetables, low sugar fruit, and unprocessed grains.
Some examples would be: berries, asparagus, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, quinoa, wild rice, and brown rice. The majority of people can get most of their carbs through veggies.

Start to be aware of the amount of sugar you may be consuming on a daily basis. Start to look at ways to cut back. For example have spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Switch one of your fruit servings a day to a veggie. Instead of toast and cereal in the morning choose plain greek yogurt with berries and 2 hard boiled eggs. Little changes throughout your day can make a big difference.

Take a close look at your food intake and see where there may be hidden sugars!

Let Bobbi know any questions you have around sugar.

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