I hope Parts 1,2, and 3 have been helpful to you. Part 4 will be a wrap up of more information to apply to your successful start.
One of the most compelling reason that I personally have found that is helpful in motivating me to reduce sugar in my diet is that new research has produced another important reason. In recent years scientist and researchers have started calling Alzheimer’s Diabetes 3 or Diabetes of the Brain. We all know someone who has that horrible disease or someone who is responsible for the care of someone with the disease. So why wouldn’t we do everything we can to defeat even the start of it? There are some good dietary plans for fighting Alzheimer’s if this is your concern. But the best way to get started is to eliminate or reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. The Mind diet, The Dash diet, and the Mediterranean diet are all good starts after you have taken care of the sugar in your diet.
Have you heard of Advanced Glycation End, also known as AGE? Sugar can trigger the production of AGE which is a chemical compound that accelerates skin aging. Recent research has proven that sugar can also cause wrinkles. AGE is also related to more devastating illnesses other than a few wrinkles. Other dietary foods also contribute to its formation. But sugar is an active ingredient that can precipitate its development.
If you are interested in more information on AGE, this article will get your started:
Another important step in reducing sugar is to start reading food labels. You will be shocked at how much sugar grams are in some common everyday foods, such as spaghetti sauce, prepackaged foods, and frozen meals. I don’t need to tell you how much is+++++ too much sugar. After you read labels for a couple of weeks, you will know what you want and what you don’t want.
The last thing to consider in reducing sugar intake is simple, but some of you will find it very hard to do and that is–Cook. Going out to eat and take out is fast, easy, and fun to do but often loaded with a lot of sugar. If you live on take out, fast food, and prepackaged and frozen meals that task might be daunting to accomplish in the beginning. That is one of the reasons I started this website. The easiest meals to cook are one pot meals. There are many variations of easy one pot meals–slow cooker meals, pressure cooker meals, wok meals, casseroles, and the newest craze–dump meals. ANYBODY can do this type of cooking. All it takes is a little preplanning and going to the grocery store or ordering from many of the online grocery stores. And the added bonus besides eating healthier and more delicious food is saving a lot of money!
As an added personal note, I have gone through the process of reducing sugar in my own diet. And the most amazing thing I found out is that I feel better and have more energy. There is no doubt that sugar is addictive and the first month was hard to sit and watch others have desserts and cookies after meals. But after the first month, I no longer wanted them. I figured out that just 2 cookies every night after dinner equaled over 1000 calories a week. That is 4000 calories a month! –just from 2 cookies a day! I “fell off the wagon” for about a week and in that short time, I noticed my lack of energy and generally not feeling as good as I use to. I didn’t like that at all — so I cut out those cookies after every meal and went back to eating healthier snacks and now I feel better than I have in years.
Here are the first three parts of Is Sugar the Culprit? You missed some very important information if you didn’t read them so catch up now: