Having trouble staying on track with those New Year’s resolutions you made back in January? If so, you are not alone! It can be overwhelming trying to tackle multiple goals at once. Instead of trying to accomplish all your wellness goals separately, there is a culprit in your life that you may not realize is causing these issues. That culprit is added sugar.
The bad mood food
Added sugar has little to no nutritional benefit and provides your body with “empty calories” instead of nutrient dense calories. According to Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, a diet high in added sugar can contribute to weight gain, low energy, bad mood, increased anxiety and stress, and skin problems like acne or wrinkles. While the “sugar high” or immediate gratification added sugar gives your bodies might feel good in the moment, it is preventing you from living your best lives and leaving you with more long-term complications. The idea of cutting out added sugar from your diet can be intimidating, but not to worry! Here are some simple first steps to take when reducing your everyday added sugar intake.
Read the labels
Sugar is hidden in so many everyday foods. From pasta sauce, to cereal, to foods like oatmeal or trail mixes that are labeled as “healthy options ,” added sugar is lingering in more foods than you think. Something as seemingly innocent as a single cup of low-fat yogurt can contain up to 30 grams of added sugar, according to Blatner. Make sure to thoroughly read the label and look out for added sugar, even if the food you are picking seems healthy. Most food manufactures as of January 2020, are required to list the amount of “added sugar” on the nutritional label.
Clean out that cupboard!
Give your cupboard a makeover and get rid of all that sugar. To make sure you are not tempted by sugary snacks, get rid of all those sugary products in your home so you are not reminded of them or tempted by them. Remember to read the labels and to look out for ingredients that are added sugar in disguise. Ingredients like dextrose, corn syrup, sucrose, maltose maltodextrin, lactose and fructose are just a few examples. Try stocking your cupboards with Lily’s low-sugar sweet treats! Lily’s has the perfect sweet treat for any occasion such as Peanut Butter Cups, Baking Chips, Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Covered Nuts, Popcorn & Caramels. If you’re feeling creative in the kitchen, try whipping up these low sugar Chocolate Pretzel bark — you can find the recipe here! Keeping delicious low sugar snacks handy will help you to satisfy any sweet tooth you might have without all the added sugar!
If you want to say goodbye to added sugar, be sure to check out Lily’s Break Up with Sugar Starter Guide to kick start your journey!