I recently came across an article I had saved from 2001 (yes, 10 years ago!) on ways to eliminate excessive amounts of sugar from your diet. It is completely relevant today, if not more so, with our collective consumption of sugar ever on the rise. The toxicity of excess sugar may be debatable to some, but what can't be debated is the worsening health crisis in this country. I'll be posting 10 tips from the article with some additional thoughts of my own, one at a time. I think these are great, practical suggestions.
From: The Nutrition Exchange Newsletter, by Andrea Klausner, MS, RD.
Tip 1: Write It Down
Keep a food journal for one week to shed light on some possible reasons for the cravings.
*Include everything you eat and drink, and how much
*Note the time of meals and snacks. Pay particular attention to the time of sugar cravings.
*Note how you feel both physically and emotionally when eating. Are you stressed? Rushed? Tired? Bored? Depressed?
*Look for patterns you can begin to change. For instance, if you eat ice cream after dinner while watching TV, this may be a habit you've developed rather than a true craving. See if you can change to a healthier food choice or change the activity to something you don't associate with eating, such as reading or writing in your food journal.
This is a good one. Start with this and stay tuned for tip 2...