Kicking the Sugar Habit November 30 2013
Have a sweet tooth? You're not alone! Tis the season for temptation and sweet treats are all around in the form of chocolate, pies, cookies and cocktails... The holiday season is a time to celebrate & enjoy, and that means a little bit of indulging! But don't let dietary indulgences wreck your health and immune system - enjoy in moderation, control your sugar intake, and sail through the season healthy and feeling great.
Why is sugar - in particular - so hard on the body?? Read on!
1/ Sugar suppresses the immune system, making us less able to fight off cold and flu bugs
2/ Sugar stresses the adrenals, making us feel tired and lethargic
3/ Sugar can trigger headaches
4/ Sugar can worsen the symptoms of PMS, anxiety and depression
5/ Sugar contributes to mood swings and blood sugar & energetic instability
6/ Sugar exacerbates auto-immune conditions like arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
During the holidays - a time of heightened stress for many - don't stress your body even more by overloading it with sugar... Here's a short list of either/ors to help you limit the most-damaging sweet stuff and replace it with the healthier choices.
- Choose a glass of bubbly or red wine over sugar-laden cocktails
- Choose mixed nuts over chocolates, candies and cookies at holiday events and parties
- Craving something warm & sweet while out shopping? Skip the whipped cream-syrupy mocha-frappe-whatevers at Starbucks and choose herbal tea. Need a caffeine kick with a bit of sweetness? Try chai or earl grey tea with a teaspoon of stevia, a plant-based natural sugar substitute
- Choose a dense fruit such as apples or pears drizzled with a bit of honey over frosted cake or cupcakes
- Start the day off right and stabilize blood sugar with a breakfast of figs, raisins or dried apricots with granola, oatmeal or yogurt instead of packaged cereal products, pastries or sweet rolls. Sate your sweet tooth with fresh-squeezed orange juice or half a grapefruit.
- Need a midday pick-me-up? Trade the sugar-laden coffee drink or candy bar for some lean protein and healthy fat... a hard-boiled egg, half an avocado on a slice of toast, or almond butter on apple slices.
It's natural to indulge a bit more around the holidays, and a little bit won't derail your health or well-being. Just practice moderation and balance your diet whenever you can. If you're craving that pie for dessert, then skip the bread basket with dinner. Indulge in an oven-fresh cinnamon roll for breakfast? Enjoy a big leafy green salad with plenty of veggies for lunch.... Balance is the key to happy - and healthy! - holidays.