Sugar is sneaky. Labeling laws make sugar even sneakier. There are multiple names for sugar hiding among the jargon of chemically based and highly processes foods. Take a gander.
Can you imagine eating 22 teaspoons of straight sugar a day? Well, if we are failing to look at labels and believing that Greek Yogurt, skim milk, pre-packaged convenient "healthy foods," cereals, granola, and oatmeal packets are healthy- then we are actually working against our results. Many convenient "healthy foods" are packed with sugar (well, maybe an artificial sweetener- but our body processes it all the same).
We know that a Snickers Bar is full of sugar right? It is obvious. It is coated in chocolate and filled with delicious peanuts and caramel. In just a recent search stemmed from a nutrition article, I discovered that McDonald's oatmeal has MORE sugar than the Snickers Bar? Yeah. Sneaky Sugar and sneaky fast food industries preying on our trust and health- actually advertising it is a healthy choice. This makes me wonder how many other fast food industries advertise healthy and fresh when in actuality it is false. Let's take Subway- while the bread ranges from 0-7g of sugar it has loads of sodium ranging from 280g-1240g of sodium- in JUST the bread. Now add your toppings, condiments and meat. We think we made the smart choice by buying "fresh foods fast."
The fact of the matter is... unless we are choosing to make our fresh food and take the time to prepare them ahead of time (for those times we need food fast) we are not going to make gains, lose weight and be able to physically take care of our bodies and brains.
Sugar is unhealthy and affects our brain and body in several detrimental ways. Read the infographic from the American Council on Exercise. It captures the effects of Sneaky Sugar and Not-So-Sneaky Sugar in a nut shell.
Link for enlarged reading! :)
So what can we do? Well, become educated on sugar. This was a great starting point. Now we must move forward in creating an awareness in our diets and decisions to maximize results and health. Start reading labels and stray away from processed, canned, and packaged foods that are loaded with sugar and/or sodium. You are trading convenience for something-- we just need to look at the labels to discover what it may be. Fresh is best. Always. Dice those tomatoes, grind that peanut butter, and grill that meat. We believe in you!
On another note, my break up with Starbucks is going well. This morning I started with a protein shake because I was running a bit late for an egg scramble. My protein shake was delightful.
-1 scoop protein powder
-1 small scoop PB2 (Dehydrated Peanuts)
-1 tsp chia seeds
-Whole Milk (proteins and good fats are present in whole milk- skim is sugar water!)/almond milk/coconut milk
Blend together and enjoy. Mind you I was at a stop sign for my photo op:)
I close this blog post with a wonderful photo of our favorite coach in the world. Thank for all you do Mr. F! Always keeping us sweating and smiling!