Hey there! It’s Christine Dyan. The owner and operator of christinedyan.com. I am your Body Empowerment Coach for Women Over 40, but anyone is welcome of course.
Today’s video topic is about sugar because sugar is a hot topic these days. Years ago it used to be the whole low-fat thing. Now it’s all about low-carb and eliminating sugar. Everyone is freaking out about sugar, and seriously there is a big reason to freak out about sugar because sugar is in everything almost. My biggest concern is that people are starting to count out healthy sugars, naturally occurring sugars, like in fruit specifically. People are scared to eat fruit. People are even scared to eat sweet potatoes sometimes, and it’s just kind of getting out of hand. Even if you eat dairy, if you drink milk. People are being told that there is an over-abundance of sugar in milk and they should not be drinking low-fat milk versus the 2% or the whole fat milk because the low-fat milk has more sugar in it than the others. Which is not true.
Let me just clarify some things for you in regards to sugar, and then you’ll be well on your way to doing some things differently for yourself today. When it comes to sugar, what we need to be most concerned about is refined sugar and hidden sugars in the foods we eat like some of the condiments that we consume like barbecue sauce and ketchup. Those are an example of some of the hidden sugars that you need to be most concerned about. There are other hidden sugars in some other foods like cereals, granola bars, yogurts, salad dressings, frozen dinners, dried fruits (dried cranberry specifically is loaded with sugar), and fruit juice…big, big, big problem with a lot of people. And some of the pre-packaged smoothie drinks are not the best choice either.
When it comes to sugar you don’t necessarily want to cut out naturally occurring sugars that are in fruits. Naturally occurring sugars are okay because when it comes to deciding “should I eat the fruit or should I not eat the fruit?” because of its sugar, there’s more advantage to having the fruit than there is to not having the fruit. With fruit you get fiber. With fruit you get lots of vitamins and minerals. With fruit you get phytochemicals and antioxidants. By not eating the fruit you’re missing out on a boatload of nutrition just because of your concern about sugar. So, keep the fruit. Eliminate the refined sugars. Eliminate those things that have hidden sugars and refined flours…white pastas, white breads, cereals that are not the best (you know the sugary cereals), and even white rice. You want to choose your whole grains, instead.
So today, I’d like to know this: What are you going to start to incorporate more of in your diet to make sure that you’re getting a wide variety of things including fruit? What’s the one fruit that you kind of put down because you were like, “maybe I shouldn’t have that because it has too much sugar?” Do you think you might could start to incorporate that again?
Let me know in the comments below.
Until next week,
KEEP ON SHINING!