Nurse Corner October-November

3 John 2:  “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

  9 Ways to Cut Out Sugar from Your Diet

Have you ever wondered why you can’t lose weight despite exercising? It’s because all the present sugar in the food that you eat affects your health and makes you gain more weight.

Stop Buying Processed Foods.  Though processed foods offer convenience, these foods are horrible for your diet. They have a large amount of sugar content that can help you gain weight. Also, they’re full of chemicals that might harm your health.

Choose Better Sweeteners.  Not all sweets are terrible. Some of them are naturally good for your body and are super healthy. Choose a sugar alternative that gives the same sweetness but cuts out the sugar intake. Try using raw honey, dates, xylitol, coconut sugar, or stevia for a better option. They taste great and are perfect substitutes for regular sugar.

Avoid Flavored Yogurt.  Don’t just count the sugar in your coffee, juices, or sodas but other food like yogurt too. Flavored yogurts are much higher in sugar content. They don’t always contain real fruit, but have a pureed form which is responsible for the high sugar intake.

Read Food Labels.  When you want to buy any food, make it a habit to check the label. By reading the ingredient list, you can determine sugar content, as well as chemicals that are bad for your body.

Go For Whole Foods.  Treat your body to the natural benefits of whole foods and indulge in vitamins and nutrition. Eat more vegetables, fruits, seeds, legumes, leafy greens, plant-based proteins, and other whole foods rather than processed foods. Also, instead of getting flavored juices which are high in sugar, try to make some fresh fruit smoothies. They have less sugar.

Learn Sugar’s Aliases.  Sugar can hide under some sneaky names. Added sugar names include fructose, corn syrup, molasses, agave, maple syrup, and more. If several sugars appear on the label, it’s an indication that the food is less healthy than you may think.

Don’t Keep Treats In The House.  One of the easiest ways to cut down on your sugar intake is by keeping all your sweet treats away from your house. If they’re within your sight, chances are you’ll forget your no sugar diet. So get rid of them and stockpile your pantry with healthy food.

Cut Out Soda.  Though some soda companies offer diet, zero sugar, or a light option, these are still artificial sweeteners that contribute to your weight gain. So why not try some freshly squeezed juice; it’s a better option and easy to prep. Also, why not trade your soda in for lemon and water infused drinks. They don’t contain sugar at all and help you lose weight.

Try Dark Chocolate.  Chocolate is a favorite of many, and dark chocolate is such a great (and tasty) alternative to milk and white chocolate (in moderation of course). Grab some when you’re hungry and your appetite will be suppressed. The bittersweet taste of pure dark chocolate helps suppress appetites, which will keep cravings at bay.