Camille Styles

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7 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Sugar

September 18th, 2017

As someone who loves reading about the latest nutrition fads and diet philosophies, I’ll admit that the wealth of information I consume on a weekly basis can get pretty confusing. Plant-based, paleo, or somewhere in between — many of the different diet stances have their own strong arguments, which can make it hard to decipher which one is right for you. The one thing that almost all these philosophies can agree on is that cutting down on sugar is one of the quickest ways to improve your health (and drop a few pounds in the process.)

Did you know that the average American consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar a day? Let that sink in for a sec, then keep scrolling for 7 ways you can start cutting back on sugar, today.

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  1. Kim says:

    My husband and I have been trying to cut down on our sugar intake and our rule of thumb is 5g or less per 100 cal serving. Once you start looking at labels you will be SHOCKED how much sugar is in everything. Anything low or reduced fat is loaded with sugar to keep the taste, you’re better off eating the full fat versions and not consuming all of the added sweeteners.

  2. Eva says:

    I completely agree with ween yourself off gradually. I’ve cut processed sugar out of my diet almost completely (except when, you know, I need a treat!). It started gradually, with cutting sugar out of my tea and my lattes and it made such a difference, especially in the early morning. Your tastebuds get used to the sweetness so as you pull back, you get used to tasting the natural sweetness in food. It’s gradual, but can really change what you eat!

  3. Holly says:

    This is such a great post, with such a great message! I love all the tips especially the idea of substituting sugar for fruit in recipes. Yum! Thanks for the top tips.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  4. B. Juliane Leo says:

    While I agree Sugar is a big issue – it’s in everything – there are other culprits in our daily diet that need some attention.

    PROTEIN & Fats.. from meat, dairy and eggs. As one doctor put it, “The negative attention that is being given to sugar, is overshadowing the problems with eating to much meat (any meat), eggs, and dairy. One reason, is that food companies push these products because of Subsidies being offered by the Government. The marketing that goes into advertising Bad Foods – is in the billions.

    I watched this film called “What the Health”…made it pretty clear that even the Diabetes, Heart Association and Cancer associations… ALL of them support these products AND are being Supported BY these entities. While they were being interviewed…all these Associations would NOT comment on this entanglement.

    All these type of foods create an acidic environment in the body – which leads to inflammation which LEADS to disease.
    Eggs (IF you look on the box)…are not advertised as a Healthy Food. Go ahead…look at the labeling. An egg offers the highest saturated fat content…that one Egg a week, is bad. The YOLK was meant to feed a chick…not a human.

    Chicken is not a lean meat…bad for diabetes. (Now they tell me!!!)…and I thought I was eating healthier, instead of red meat. FISH, you have to be careful of the ones that have high rates of Mercury. Grass fed beef…you tell me how you can feed organic, when chemicals are in the ground water, and air? By the way – Beef Farms AND Pork Farms….all are high contributors to pollutants in our Water system – where do they store all that POOP? In North Carolina alone… they spray the Feces over fields. NO LIE … people who live in the area have one of the highest cases of illness.

    Watch the Movie – get educated. I truly believe we are being fooled by what is truly healthy….is not.

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