An over load of dietary sugar is the big player in obesity, stomach and hormonal disorders, belly fat, arthritis, asthma, bone health and diabetes. The word is out that Americans are eating 20 teaspoons a day of liquid candy in the form of soda pop. 1 in 5 children is obese and the probable reason is lack of knowledge of healthy eating.
You can learn to develop awareness of how much sugar you eat. Sugar is ubiquitous and can masquerade as healthy eating. How many sodas do you drink per day? How many teaspoons of sugar do you put in every cup of coffee? What is the sugar content of your energy bar? Do you eat milk chocolate or dark? Dark has less sugar and more antioxidants. A client of mine stopped drinking sodas and lost 7 lbs in 2 weeks. He did not change anything else in his diet. Healthy eating habits can make you a winner!
Sugar is usually disguised as high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and any word ending in 'ose' like maltose. If the first or second items on the food label are sugar, then the product is mostly sugar. So reading labels is critical for healthy eating. Prepared and convenience food is loaded with hidden sugar. It sneaks into bottled sauces and prepared grocery store meals. Reading labels gives you information about the grams of sugar and the serving size. For instance, your favorite sauce serving size is 1 tbsp. and equals 3g of sugar, but your recipe requires 1 cup of sauce, about 12 tablespoons. This is not healthy eating, because the sugar is unbalanced.
Because selling sugar products brings massive profits for multinational corporations they are not going to change, so you must. Their silent slogan is, "Let the people eat sugar!" So find ways to distract yourself. For instance if you stop for coffee and doughnuts (mostly sugar because of white flour) every morning, then find another route to work.
Take consistent focused action about managing sugar. Get rid of jams, jelly and sugar goods in your pantry. Replace sugary snacks with nuts, seeds and cheese. Tell yourself, "It feels good to carry and drink water". Congratulate yourself for not succumbing to sugar-free drinks. And start loving the healthy eating person you desire to be.