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11-11-2017

6 Signs You Might Be Eating too Much Sugar

Sugar- Oh my gosh-I didn’t realize how crappy it made me feel until I eliminated eating a lot of it! Have you wondered if you eat too much sugar too? Here are 6 signs that might help you figure it out and help you FEEL BETTER from the inside out!

1. You feel like a zombie.

You wake up tired, so you grab a vanilla latte, but soon after, you’re exhausted again. What’s the catch? That five letter word- sugar! Feeling tired all the time is a common sign of eating too much added sugar.

Now that we are through with the trick or treating fun, overdoing it on sweet treats like Halloween candy is like feeling part of the  The Walking Dead. Sugary foods give us a boost in energy at first, but not long after — about 30 minutes — you will come crashing down, and turn into a zombie!

2. You’re often hungry.

When lunch rolls around, you’re often ravenous, despite the two snacks you ate after your morning coffee. Sure, the vanilla latte helped tide you over, but that’s not what’s affecting your appetite. It could be the sugar you consumed this morning, starting with those pumps of sweet vanilla (or hazelnut or caramel) goodness. Excessive intake of sugar often displaces other, more nutrient-dense foods. Sugar-rich foods or beverages are often empty calorie/nutrient-void, so you can consume a lot and still feel “hungry” because your body still needs proper nutrition.

3. You can’t stop blowing your nose.

When a cold is going around, do you seem to catch it every time? Or do you seem to get every bug your kids bring home, despite being fairly healthy? Sugar can suppress the immune system and cause you to get sick more often! Crazy right? But totally true! 

4. You’re moody.

Feeling grumpy or on edge for no reason? Surprisingly, sugar — which gives us pleasure when we eat it — can negatively impact our mood when we overdo it. Both depression and anxiety are linked to added sugar intake. Added sugars cause inflammation throughout the body, including the brain, and cause spikes in blood sugar, which can also affect mood.

5. You can’t seem to stop eating added sugar.

If you crave the sweet stuff and just can’t seem to get enough, it’s a sign you may eating too much sugar. Constant sugar cravings are the most common sign of overconsumption. Do you crave sugary or ‘carbolicious’ treats throughout the day? If so, chances are, you are addicted to sugar. Unfortunately, the more you eat, the more you’ll crave.

Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 100 calories (6 teaspoons) daily from added sugar, and men should limit that amount to 150 calories (9 teaspoons). That’s about one soda’s worth. If you’re eating more than what’s in that, that’s too much.

6. Your weight loss has stalled.

All calories are not created equal. A diet that tips heavily toward sweets can cause weight loss to stall out. If you’re having a hard time shedding pounds, its a good idea to look at macronutrient balance- meaning a diet high in refined carbs and sugar and low in fat which can keep on excess weight.

If you’re starting to worry you’re eating too much sugar here is some advice: Moderate amounts of added sugar are not harmful to health and helps make eating a balanced, healthy diet more pleasurable — think honey drizzled over plain yogurt, maple syrup in your favorite homemade energy bar, or regular sugar in your famous recipe for chocolate chip cookies. So start small and cut back slowly. Or, try a sugar detox like this article suggests! 

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