Fall has arrived with cooler nights, pumpkins and our favorite comfort foods, but it is also time for Halloween candy and pumpkin spice lattes. Although tasty, sugar wreaks havoc on our bodies and is highly addictive; keeping us wanting more and more.
There are a lot of different theories on the best diets to improve health, but limiting your intake of added sugar is one of the few things nearly all experts agree on. Consuming lots of added sugar has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, high blood sugar, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
How can you decrease sugar cravings?
- Consume more healthy fats such as coconut or olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.
- Re-think your snacks- many granola bars and yogurts are full of sugar. Try a hard boiled egg, nuts or fresh fruit for a snack.
- Don’t drink your calories- opt for water, club soda, herbal or green tea and plain coffee.
- Prepare meals from scratch- there are lots of hidden sugars in prepared sauces and marinades.
For something sweet to top your morning oatmeal or toast, try steaming/sautéing apples with cinnamon. Simply slice 1 or 2 apples and place in a saute pan with a small amount of water. Heat with lid on until apples are very soft. Enjoy! It’s a favorite at my house!