We hope you had a fabulous Easter. Wasn’t it lovely to have some time off work?
Now spring is here we begin to feel lighter and more energetic. The sun is shining, the days are longer and people are smiling more.
Does your body feel that lightness? Or do you feel sluggish and lethargic?
We thought it was time to look at our diets and share our thoughts with you.
Some of us have been on a sugar diet – lots of chocolate and cakes. This is a very enjoyable diet for many. Sugar makes food taste nice. When we want a treat many of us perceive sugary products as a treat.
Sadly, sugar is just empty calories. It takes us on a journey of highs and lows; we get a boost of energy when we eat it and then we slump. This leads to us eating more sugar to get that high again. This puts the body under an enormous strain as it tries to cope with these energy fluctuations.
This is only the beginning of the story. There are a number of negative associations with sugar:
- Weight gain and obesity are closely linked to sugar consumption
- Diabetes is associated with sugar intake
- It is linked to childrens teeth issues
- Many other health issues are connected to sugar
For all these reasons we wanted to encourage you to think about your sugar consumption and its potential impact on your health. Spring is a great time to make dietary changes when you feel more energised and not so in need of comfort foods.
How can you make changes?
SAY NO TO – Sweets, fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits, processed and refined foods
SAY YES TO – Whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables
Make different choices
Use spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or allspice instead of sugar
Start reading labels and understanding what you are eating. Sugar has many names which include:
Glucose, Corn Syrup, Hydrolysed Starch, Fructose, Molasses, Maltose and Sucrose. There are many more…
Reduce your intake gradually to avoid the extremes of high and low energy
Come and talk to us we have some great products to support you as you make these changes.
Are you aware of how much sugar is recommended a day?
30g of added sugar for anyone of age 11+
How much are you eating?
As ever a little of what you fancy goes a long way. Enjoy a sweet treat and savour it but be aware of how much and how often you are eating sugar J
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