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Sugar: How to Indulge without Weight Gain

Sugar is something we all love, and while it may be good to taste, it may have a negative impact on our overall health. Health conditions such as obesity and diabetes are both a result of an unhealthy lifestyle and foods that are high in sugar.

What you may be unaware of, is you can get your necessary craving of sugar in a more natural state. There are a lot of different foods that contain natural sources of sugar, that may be better choices than other foods that are high in artificial sugar and preservatives.

Read more to find out what foods you can include in your diet that are great natural sugar sources.


Making the right choices to eat healthy foods on a daily basis can be a struggle sometimes. Especially when you are tempted to eat foods that stray from the healthy lifestyle you are striving for.

Choosing to eat around those that have healthy eating habits is a great start on making sure you stay on track with your healthy eating regime. This may be hard to do if you are surrounded by a lot of friends and family that have unhealthy eating habits. It may be beneficial to follow healthy food blogs and to see if there are community groups in your area that strive on making healthy lifestyle changes.

Natural Sugar

It may be easy to get swept into the idea that if it’s natural sugar, that it is more healthy than artificial sugar. Sugar in either form, if eaten in abundance may result in serious health conditions and weight gain so it is always important to eat most things in moderation.

Best Foods Options

When it comes to choosing foods, there are healthier options that you may not recognize until you check out the nutritional label. Remember to always read what is in your food, even if you think it is “natural”.

Listed below are some great food choices to help you bring natural sugar sources into your eating regime. 

  • Fresh Fruit: while it may seem simple to include fresh fruit in your diet, do not be misled by packaged or canned fruit. These types of fruit are encased with fructose corn syrup which increases your sugar intake. Opt to only keep fresh, unpacked fruit in your diet.

  • Eat your fruit, not drink it: based on several studies it has shown that drinks that are thinner in texture have a tendency to not keep you as full as something that has a thicker texture.

  • Limit sugar, don’t eliminate: as you may have noticed if you have ever tried to completely avoid a food altogether, binging will happen. Instead of completely eliminating a food source from your diet, make sure to cut back on how much you consume. There are ways to get your sugar fix without overdoing it. Using honey instead of sugar in your food is a great first step, as well as eating a few pieces of dark chocolate may help with your daily cravings of something sweet.

Chiropractic Treatment

Choosing to see a chiropractor may help with working with various cravings and working towards a healthier lifestyle. While chiropractic treatment is geared towards spine and back adjustments, there are long-term improvements in weight management that may be made over—time. The type of adjustments used by chiropractors work to improve the nervous and immune system and this may help improve your neurotransmitters. 

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