Let’s face it, eating healthy is a punch in the wallet!
So, I decided to start with taking away the not-so-good for me stuff that I was eating. Easier to subtract than buy, right?
Well, I am here to testify that it is not as easy as it sounds or, much less, as you hope!
Seemed to make sense to attack and remove the most evil of goodies in my pantry: refined sugar. Now, understand that I was drinking a 6-pack of soda, a day, by the time I was 16. In my mid 20s, I switched to coffee for those next few decades. Sounds better, right? Not really. A cup of coffee with 3 spoons of sugar is, actually, just a wet, brown, cup of sugar!
Beware! If you were a sugar junky like me and decide to cut out added sugar, you may very well go through withdrawal just like any other junky trying to get clean! I’m talking headaches, tremors, irritability, sleeplessness, and trouble staying focused! It wasn’t pretty. But, after the first week, I started adding just a little back into my diet, here and there.
Now, I only use 1 level tsp of sugar in my coffee and, by paying attention to food labels, I have my sugar intake (in grams) cut down from an estimated 170-200/day down to about 35-50.
Note that According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (7): Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons). Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).
More work to be done. I am experimenting with sweeteners that have a lower glycemic impact as I have been really worried about pre-diabetes.
I will keep you posted! In the mean time, if you look at the Vitamin/Supplement pages, you will find other ways I am dealing with high blood-sugar.