Hi Beautiful Friend,
Today I have some SCARY SUGAR FACTS that will hopefully keep you from digging deep into that bag of candy. Don’t be scared! I’ll also help you carve out a plan that will keep the holiday enjoyable, without the guilt and regret the next day.
But first, some SUGAR FACTS:
- The American Heart Association recommends females consume 6 teaspoons, 24 grams, (men 9 teaspoons / 36 grams) of sugar per day.
- Dr. Taz Bhatia, founder of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, recommends 40 grams of sugar a day with only 10 grams from added sugars.
9 SCARY SUGAR FACTS
- The average American consumes 22 teaspoons, 88 grams, of sugar per day. This is an extra 352 calories per day or 2,464 extra calories per week. That’s almost ¾ of a pound per week in just sugar.
- Studies show sugar is more addictive than cocaine! The more you eat, the more you crave. Remember this when opening up the second candy wrapper.
- Sugar is added into everything from toothpaste to baby food.
- It increases inflammation in your system which can lead to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, adrenal fatigue, and hormonal imbalances.
- It throws off your body’s precious pH levels and makes the digestive system acidic, which leaches vitamins and minerals from your bones and teeth.
- It suppresses the immune system and causes an over production of digestive enzymes, which stresses your pancreas.
- Sugar has been linked to obesity, depression, hypoglycemia, insomnia, and migraines.
- It disturbs gut health and can lead to an overgrowth of candida.
- It wears down the gut lining and overburdens the liver (one of main detox organs).
Yikes! But don’t worry – the good news is you have the power to set yourself up for success by following the two simple steps below:
Step 1: Reflection: How much sugar do you currently consume? Did you over-do sugar last Halloween? If so, how did that make you feel – physically, emotionally, and mentally?
Step 2: Set a plan in action for Halloween night. Choose one or more of the action steps below to try out this year.
- Keep the Halloween candy closed until trick-or-trick time
- Eat a healthy, high protein dinner with lots of veggies
- Then choose one or two of your favorite candy treats to eat and enjoy
- Toss the leftover candy the next day. Get it out of the house and out of site
- If there is temptation at work make sure to bring an apple as a substitute
Take Action Now:
Share with the group how sugar makes you feel and what action step you plan on taking this Halloween in the comments section below.
Love and light,