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Sugar Isn't as Sweet as You Think

By Donna Stark

We all know that certain foods can have a significant impact on our overall wellness in regards to weight gain, cardiovascular health, and inadequate sleep. But have you ever considered how your diet may also be contributing to what kind of mood you are in? There are many types of food that can dramatically impact and sabotage your happiness and overall well-being, but those that involve sugar might be the most jeopardizing. Studies have shown that sugar can have a significant effect on mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, and with the amount of sugar in most people's diets, it's no wonder why so many medical professionals are becoming concerned.

Sugar Isn't as Sweet as You Think

When alone, small amounts of sugar may not be very harmful to the body, but they can become dangerous when added together. And in addition to affecting a person's mood, added sugars can also contribute to obesity, disease, and decreased overall health. If you would like to start reducing your sugar intake, or the intake of those you love, here are some suggestions on how to do so.

  • Start your morning off right - Choose a nutrient-dense breakfast rich in protein and fiber instead of sugary cereals or pancakes loaded with syrup. This is a great way to stabilize your mood, reduce any sugar cravings you may have, and give the day ahead of you a great jump-start!
  • Indulge in a taste, not an entire dessert - Go ahead and enjoy life's sweet little pleasures, but keep it at that ... little. Studies have shown that all you need is three bites of something sweet to feel satisfied, so opt for sharing a dessert instead of having it all to yourself.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth naturally - Are cookies and ice cream your automatic go-to? Try satisfying your sweet tooth with fresh fruit instead! Keep your fruit washed and ready to snack on at a moment's notice so you can take care of that craving before that craving gets the best of you!
  • Know the sneaky side of sugar - There are many hidden sugars in our diets that many people are not familiar with, so stay a step ahead and learn how to spot them. Read the list of ingredients and look for anything that ends with "-ose." Also keep an eye out for the healthier sugars too, such as honey and agave.
  • Maintain a healthy weight - Consuming a healthy diet that is rich in nutrients will help to maintain your weight, stabilize your body's blood sugar levels, and keep you feeling energetic all day long. This can help reduce the midday slump and the desire to grab a sweet pick-me-up in the afternoon.

Less Sugar, Better Health

Reducing your intake of sugar can have a positive effect on your mood and your overall health and wellness. So start making some simple changes today! It's an easy way to establish some new lifestyle habits that will contribute to a healthier and happier body!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash.

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