Coming off a holiday weekend often times comes paired with a sugar hangover.
It sure tastes good. And it feels good, too. Sugar is addictive as cocaine, lighting up dopamine receptors in the brain (think of a Christmas tree. Inside your HEAD.)
So, even though we know it's not good for us, we dive in for more, eager for another hit. What's more troublesome is that we don't even realize we are addicted, and that most people are literally eating it from sun up to sun down.
Nearly 152 POUNDS of added sugar find it's way into the average American's diet each year. That is equivalent to an average size HUMAN. The problem is that it is everything, from the culprits we'd expect (cookies, candy, soda) to the not-so obvious (sauces, crackers, meal replacement shakes, bars, salad dressings, frozen dinners and the majority of all processed foods).
Your main task is to GET YOUR LABEL READING ON. And no, not the nutritional label that breaks down calories, grams of fat, fiber, etc. This is IS important. But what is more important is the list of INGREDIENTS. Do you know what you are actually putting IN your body?
I didn't. Not for a really long time. This process was really eye opening for me, and it likely will be for you, too.
Below, find five foods, many pantry staples, that include processed sugar, as well as other sh*t that probably aren't interested in putting inside your body!
The majority of flavored yogurts contain added sugars, thickeners and artificial colors. Trade out fat free conventional yogurts for grass fed, plain 2% of full fat. Add a tsp of raw honey and fresh fruit to give a punch of natural sweetness.
2. GRANOLA/PROTEIN BARS
You know, healthy, fit people enjoying a granola bar in the fresh air after a glorious hike. It HAS to be healthy! Trade out a processed bar for a 1/2 cup of homemade trail mix using raw nuts, unsweetened dry fruit and 75% dark cocoa chips.