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Sugar, you’re so out of style

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It’s timely that the FDA recently released new dietary guidelines. A year ago I was alarmed by high blood sugar and cholesterol readings surrounding a routine physical. Hard to believe as I considered myself a healthy eater and no one would have thought me overweight. Looking back my diet consisted of way too much processed food: energy bars, sports drinks, pasta, cereal, and sweetened yogurt etc., things I thought were healthy. I imagine these are common foods for many.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

I turned to a clean diet that includes as little sugar as possible ( I read all labels), low to no carbs, and a big increase in veggies and fruit. I also added jogging as I learned, via my loaner apple watch, that doubles tennis doesn’t count as a particularly heart rate lifting exercise in 90 minute doses.

365 days later I am almost 20 pounds lighter and keeping it off. I also have tons more energy and a myriad of other feel goods to report, making the effort feel worthwhile. I’m no dietician so am not going to go into major detail here but I wanted to pass along the tip.

Here are the 5 basics in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  new recommendations:

USDA Eating guidelines

and the Top 10 things you need to know.

Weight creeps up as time goes by and many of the things we think are healthy foods are not. Cereal, frozen waffles, crackers, bagels, and heat & eat meals are concoctions of the food industry that are laden with additives, sugar and pound adding ingredients.

Breaking bad habits is hard but FACT “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.” I don’t know who said that but it’s very true.

See ya sugar. I’ve got sights on a healthier life.

Oh and the blood sugar and cholesterol…back to normal. No medicine required.

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