How to Avoid Suicide By Sugar.

Sugar…  How much do you consume?

According to data from the U.S., in 2008, people consumed over 60 pounds (28 kg) of added sugar per year and this does not include fruit juices accounting average intake of 76.7 grams per day. 19 teaspoons or 306 calories.

This Much….Every single day…

If you do not believe me, let’s add it up :

Breakfast cereal 60 grams – 26 grams sugar
Breakfast coffee 2 teaspoons – 10 grams sugar
Hotdog & fries for lunch, 2 x Tablespoon Ketchup – 8 grams sugar
Lunch time coffee 2 teaspoons – 10 grams sugar
Night time coffee 2 teaspoons – 10 grams sugar
HP sauce steak  1 tablespoon – 4 grams sugar

Without sodas and snacks –  total 68 grams sugar per day.

Although sugar lobbies have done everything they can to limit evidence to support this, there is no doubt in my mind that sugar consumption is one of the leading causes of obesity (and resulting diabetes).  A recent study by the University of California, San Francisco examined increase of sugar availability in 175 countries, and found a direct link between sugar availability and an increase in cases of diabetes in these countries.

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) statistics in 2014, 9 % of adults over 18 had diabetes worldwide. In 2012 1.5 Million deaths were directly attributed to diabetes (this is 300,000 more than from HIV), and WHO expects that by 2030 diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in the world.

If you believe this, there is really only one thing to do.  Reduce your sugar intake dramatically.  This will not only make it easier for you to loose weight (if that is your goal), but will improve your overall health, and even potentially increase your lifespan and life quality.

I also know it is possible as I have successfully reduced my added sugar intake to less than 5 grams (1 teaspoon) per day.  Life changing…

Here are some of my secrets for succeeding :

  1. Eat Fresh Food (not prepackaged / preprocessed food).
  2. Substitute with sweeteners or similar alternatives.
  3. Avoid store bought sauces and condiments (read the labels if you must eat it).
  4. Avoid sweets and sugary snacks and drinks.
  5. Eat your fruit (do not drink it).
  6. Be aware that many more things than you realize have loads of sugar.  Read the labels.

It might be hard but it is worth it….

The Right New Years Resolution

The new year has arrived.  Time for a change?

Countless choose to have a go at weight loss at the beginning of every new year.  This is the time when self assessment happens for most of us, and choices of change and improvement are made.

Unfortunately these resolutions often become just more unrealised dreams.

Having successfully undertaken this journey, I have discovered the reason why this happens.  We so often express our resolutions in ways that are no more interesting than rice.

“So you want to loose 30 pounds?”

That is a problem.  It is just a number.  It has no real meaning which makes it impossible to personalise into something motivating.  It just does not work.

For a resolution to really stick, ask yourself why you want to loose the weight.  Make that your resolution. Express it in terms of something that you like or wish to be able to do, but cannot right now.

I love hiking. When I started, it was so far out of reach for me to do a 10 mile hike that it was just unimaginable.  I made that my goal.

I want to do a 10 mile hike.

After figuring what I needed to do to get there, I did what I had to and have since done several of those.

To succeed at your resolutions follow this formula:

  1. Figure out what you want.
  2. Make sure that you can personalise it into something that excites you.
  3. Figure out what you need to do to make that happen.
  4. Then… Just do it…

If you loose your motivation along the way, go try whatever it is you were hoping to reach. See how much closer you have gotten to reaching your goal.  “Do a 2 mile hike.”  You might be surprised what you have achieved.

Good luck with your journey.