Happpppy Tuesday Healthy People!
Did you sing that title in your head of the Mary Poppins Song? I did when I wrote it. Wooops!
I hope you have had a great time celebrating St. Patrick’s day — and have taken the time to plan out your workouts and food for the week.
It always helps to plan! Remember to follow me on twitter @fitfloridian for more posts and motivational pictures. I also take pics of what I eat on there so sometimes it acts as a food log (which I will start doing as well thanks to Jay’s recommendation!!!).
So my boyfriend and I decided to do a sugar detox before we visit Florida a) because we were drinking a lot of WINE (sugar) and b) it’s a great way to trim up c) it’s healthy!!!
He also opted to give up coffee, unlike myself. Goooooo him!
I have posted in the past about the detrimental effects of sugar. Abnormal cell growth is largely linked to sugar intake–including all diseases, cancers, illnesses, etc. Essentially, sugar is the bane of my existence. Today, it is consumed in more quantities in the U.S. than it has ever been in the past. A scary truth is that it correlates to the widespread increase in our nation’s health problems.
Then why does it continue? And why is it escalating to insurmountable highs?
IT IS IN EVERYTHING. Obviously companies want to sell their products. They market to a specific demographic and cater it to their needs. Kids, for example, are fed juice boxes, gummies, cookies, ice cream, and candies–all with unbelievable amounts of sugar. In addition things that are deemed “healthy” “all natural” etc etc can at MOST times be completely unhealthy. Look at the ingredients!!!
An adapted version from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans outlines the many names for additional sugar added to the product:
- Agave nectar
- Brown sugar
- Cane crystals
- Cane sugar
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup
- Crystalline fructose
- Evaporated cane juice
- Fruit juice concentrates
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Invert sugar
- Malt syrup
- Raw sugar
My advice is to be aware of what you’re consuming. Always look at ingredients. Try to have as many REAL, NATURAL, WHOLE foods as possible that possess their own sugars (nothing added). Fruits and veggies should be at the CORE of everyone’s diet.
Happy Eating and exercising,
Remember to be smart about what you eat!