From the classic chocolate bar to multicolored gummy worms, everyone loves a little extra sugar now and then, but at what price are you really paying for your sweet tooth? A quick visit to your dentist and family physician could have you regretting that $5 box of chocolates. Cutting down your family’s sugar intake can save a lot of money spent on medical and dental bills in the long run. With just a few daily adjustments, and throwing out all those sugary candies and cereals, you and your family can get closer to living a candy-free life!
4 Tips to Help Limit Your Family’s Sugar Intake
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water not only keeps you hydrated throughout the day, but also curbs cravings! Many times when you think you are hungry or craving food, your body is actually dehydrated or vitamin deficient. Drinking fruit infused water can also help to curb your cravings, and provide you with a naturally sweet taste!
Eat Foods Full of Protein
From drinking water, to eating protein rich foods, your sugar intake can be cut down tremendously. When you’re full, you tend to not over eat, and not have as many cravings. Meats such as chicken and fish are full of protein and if you’re vegan or a vegetarian, foods such as broccoli, avocados, spinach, and almonds are excellent as well!
It has been proven that exercise will help aid you with an amazing amount of energy that lasts throughout the day, rather than a few hours, ending in a horrible crash. Though your food intake will increase due to the amount of calories you are burning, your body will become more receptive to insulin, helping to prevent the onset of diabetes and lower your sugar intake.
Last but certainly not least, fruit is your best friend! Stock up on lots of fresh fruits at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. The best fruits to eat when you feel the weight of your cravings tempting you are bananas, grapes, and cherries, just to name a few. These fruits are some of the highest in natural sugar. Bananas are great for potassium to help prevent muscle cramps during or post workout sessions, and cherries help aid in fighting toxins!
Eating too much sugar is a great way to develop diabetes, inflammation, and weight gain. According to a Port Moody dentist at Coquitlam Centre Dental Clinic, sugary foods are the leading cause of cavities in kids, which means it’s important to cut back early. Staying hydrated, eating protein, getting active, and enjoying yummy fruit is all you need to kickstart a new sugar-free lifestyle for you and your family!
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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