sugar reduction

 

Sugar Reduction….Is sugar playing too big a part in your diet?

Sugar Reduction is not easy………. and I know this better than anyone. In 2011 I stopped eating sugar, and am sugar free since. Now, when I say sugar, I mean all added sugar, refined sugar and by doing so I got a new lease of life. I still eat fruit and small occasional amounts raw local honey. I am certainly not suggesting that sugar should be totally off the menu, I am merely demonstrating that I know something about sugar, where it is hiding and how to reduce it….

We all know that excess sugar is not healthy for us, as it excess sugar that makes us fat and can cause excess inflammation in the body! In fact the World Health Organisation recommend no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for optimal health. A teaspoon of sugar is roughly 4g, so when you read food labels, check the sugar content in multiples of 4g to figure out how much sugar is really in a product. A diet yogurt can have as much as 16g of sugar….that is 4 teaspoons………

With childhood obesity and Diabetes at epidemic proportions, it is now more important than ever to recognise that sugar is sneaking into our daily food. A well known diet company that sells frozen savoury meals will not advertise the fact that there is 19g of sugar in their sweet and sour chicken. Awareness is one of the tools of sugar reduction.

How can I reduce my sugar consumption?

I am not suggesting that we eliminate all sugars, such as fruits, vegetables and other carbohydrates. And I would not even dare to suggest that you never eat chocolate again, because we all know that going cold turkey on sugar is not realistic for the majority of us.

However, it is possible to:

  • Regain control over sugar intake
  • Reduce excess added sugar
  • Enjoy sweet treats without them ruling your thoughts
  • Balance your blood sugar levels to aid sugar reduction

 

Through the Sugar Reduction course anewu can help you by:

  •  Accessing inner motivation to change habits
  • Education relating to Blood Sugar Roller Coaster
  • How to recognise triggers to avoid sugar binges
  • Find alternative coping mechanisms to deal with future sugar binges
  • Understand labels to assess how much sugar is contained in products
  • Provide printed information and worksheets to help with sugar reduction

 

The course is more of a group workshop, involving education and discussions. It last for 2 and a half hours, and is run periodically depending on demand.

If this course appeals to you, please contact Regina through e mail regina@anewu.ie or phone 086 3866372 to find out the next course date. Alternatively, if you would like to host this course at a local group or even in your home with a group of friends, please feel free to contact me.

Next Sugar Reduction Course

Wednesday 30th November 2016

7pm – 10pm  in anewu, Cooney,  Ballisodare, Co Sligo