The season of sweets has officially kicked off! From now until December 31st we will be bombarded by an array of tantalizing and tempting sweets, treats, candies, ciders, chocolates, cocktails, homemade baked goods, store bought desserts… ugh, the list seems never-ending! But don’t throw those hands up in the air in defeat just quite yet! It IS possible to enjoy sugar without completely “ruining” or undoing your healthy eating plans.
Let's start with some important nutrition information...
So, November marks Diabetes Month! And the truth is that eating sugar does not cause Diabetes. (Did you catch that?) What does then? Type 2 Diabetes is caused by genetics and a variety of lifestyle factors -- such as body weight, physical activity level, overall nutrition and diet, heart health and even age. The scary thing is that...
1 in 3 American adults has Prediabetes
(a condition where your blood sugar is slightly elevated, but not quite at the level of a Diabetes diagnosis)
and only 10% know they have it!
Ahhh! You can find out if your are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by taking this short and simple risk test.
OK, so if eating sugar doesn’t cause Diabetes, then I can have as much as I want, right? Well, I hate to break to ya, but if you’re eating a lot of sugary sweets (no matter the food source) then you’re not likely not leaving much room for the other nutritious stuff your body needs to be at its best! When I work one-on-one with clients, I encourage them to take a closer look at ADDED SUGAR in their diet. Because naturally-occurring sugar, found in foods like fruits and dairy, are nutrient-rich foods you can enjoy on a daily basis! Added sugar literally refers to the sugar that has been added to a food or beverage during processing to make it taste sweeter. (Think of your favorite latte or fruit-flavored yogurt.)
But let’s be honest, eating “sugar-free” or going “no-carb” this time of year is extremely difficult, not to mention unnecessary. Go with the guideline from the American Heart Association, enjoying no more than 24 grams of added sugar (about 100 calories) for women, and 36 grams of sugar (about 150 calories) for men per day.
How can you actually enjoy sweet treats this time of year? Consider some of the following tips to include added sugar in your diet without completely ditching it:
Have you ever been successful with managing sugar in your diet? Share with us!