Even though I have exercised pretty much all my life, I haven't always eaten right. When I was younger, nutrition was something of a mystery to me. All I knew was what I had heard…fat was the devil! So, I avoided fat at all costs. I loaded up on pretzels and every packaged fat free product advertised in the grocery store. It didn’t matter what I ate as long as it didn’t have fat. But what I didn’t know was that I was actually loading up on carbs, calories and sugar that eventually turned to fat. What?
Sugar: not so sweetThe sour side of processed sugarBy Jami HannaDonuts and ice cream and chocolate, oh my! They taste SO good. One bite is never enough. Unfortunately, over-indulging in sweets causes health problems that may be silently killing us.
For the past two years, I have challenged my friends and clients to exercise every day during the month of December. Everyone has really enjoyed the challenge, so I decided to create a challenge for each month during 2015.
Beware The Boogeyman!!! He changes over time. Like, when I was a kid the only Boogeyman to be afraid of was the goblins that hide under your bed at night. Well, of course we know there is no such things as goblins hiding under beds (there isn’t right?)
Do you keep track of your sugar intake? Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends only 25 grams for women and 35 grams for men per day? A banana alone has 18 grams, and I eat those daily. Shockingly, the average American eats their body weight in sugar each year. Here are some other names of sugar you should look for in all of the foods you buy and avoid the item if it has any of these names in the top 3 ingredients.
A mouth full of fudgy frosting on your birthday, a fork full of toasty pecan pie at Thanksgiving, a cold bowl full of cookies ‘n cream on a hot August afternoon: These time-honored treats are among life’s sweetest pleasures, meant to be savored and enjoyed.