Originally posted January 4th, 2017
Happy New Year Hope College! Here's a post about GETTING OFF THE SUGAR WAGON post-holidays from Jessica Lueptke at Valeo Training.
It's winter, we're tired, we're stressed, we're hungry, you're just ending the more-indulgent holiday season...our body wants sugar! This is actually a very normal response to how we were created - our bodies want to stay warm and cozy during this season and, with the shortened daylight and lack of vitamin D from our sweet, sweet friend Mr. Sunshine, we're looking for the carb fix to elevate our mood. It's not our fault! However, the problem comes not when we indulge in a sweet treat now and then, but when we over-consume, something that’s easy to do when sugar is added to many processed foods, including breads, yogurt, juices, and sauces. And Americans do over-consume, averaging about 22 teaspoons (88 grams) of added sugars per day, according to the American Heart Association, which recommends limiting added sugars to about 6 teaspoons (24 grams) per day for women and 9 (36 grams) for men. WHOA!
For tips and tricks for getting off sugar and onto a healthier path, read the full article.