Whether it be through store bought treats or homemade creations, Americans over-consume sugar on a daily basis. This barrage of sugar has led to sugar addiction and a whole host of physical problems.
In addition to the bombardment of sugar-laced foods that surround us daily, there are 10 holidays in a calendar year-- that is 10 extra days of temptation and excessive abundance of high sugar foods. Though the holiday season is over, sugar is still central to any celebration. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and upcoming Valentine's Day will all tempt our sweet tooth.
When I speak of high sugar foods people often assume I mean chocolate, candy and desserts. However, white processed flour has been shown to raise blood sugar higher than regular table sugar. We often do not think of these processed flours as being an extremely large problem with the our sugar addiction.
It’s important to be aware on a daily basis of sugar intake, and even more important during a celebration. Having a strategy prior to a party or holiday event can help you combat the need to over consume sugary foods. It’s (approximately) a 70% mental game and I recommend having a conversation with yourself before you are tempted with pizza and chocolate cake.
Here are some tips I recommend:
1. Avoid Liquid Sugar
2. Splurge on Appetizers
3. Keep Low-Sugar Sweets at Home
4. Let Everyone Know
5. Strategize Ahead of Time
6. Ditch the Leftovers
7. Stay Hydrated
8. Protein and Fiber First
9. Write it All Down
Piera Carubia is a Registered Dietitian with over 17 years’ experience in nutrition and food service. She obtained her degree in Science and Dietetics and completed her Nutrition Internship at Virginia Common Wealth University Medical College. Piera has obtained her certification in Integrated Energy Therapy and is certified in adult weight management. She is currently employed at the University of Rochester teaching morbidly obese patients how to make lifestyle changes prior to weight loss surgery. Piera runs a group called Life after Weight Loss and gives monthly nutrition seminars and cooking classes on the latest prevailing health and nutrition topics. She also has a private Nutrition Consultant practice.
For detailed step-by-step assistance with breaking sugar addiction and detoxing your body, take Piera's SUGAR DETOX: GET CLEAN OF YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION class at Rochester Brainery. Tickets available for Monday, Febrauary 5th + Tuesday, March 13th.