Is Sugar Holding You Back from Hitting your Goals in Class?
With Halloween right around the corner it feels appropriate to touch on the topic of sugar… and I am guessing you have already heard there is a big hate on sugar right now. I mean…sugar is bad for you, sugar causes inflammation, sugar slows down the brain, sugar affects hormone health. But did you know that the WHO recommendation on sugar consumption is no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, and the average American consumes up to 25 teaspoons per day? Oops.
Do YOU have a problem with sugar? Well, below are a scenerios to help you answer that question… and don’t worry if you get to the end and you are like – CRAP! I said YES to everything on the list. You are not alone. Sugar is highly addictive and the good news is that it’s easy to treat…with the right food and exercise!
You crave sugary foods or refined carbs at least once a day
You love having a big donut or muffin with an afternoon coffee. Or maybe you’re more of a savory type of person and you enjoy a croissant loaded with cheese or a bag of chips. In the end it all turns into sugar.
You often keep eating even if you’re full
When you get your hands on a big piece of chocolate cake you can’t stop yourself from finishing it, even if you’re totally full.
You eat sugary foods or junk food even when you know you don’t need to
You had a nice healthy supper an hour ago, yet you want to snack on some jelly beans, chocolate or a bag of chips even though you KNOW that it’s not nutritionally necessary, nor are you truly even hungry.
You make excuses to eat sugar
You buy organic sugar or honey so that you can make excuses and claim that it’s healthier. In truth, sugar is still sugar, and you know this yet you can’t stop yourself from indulging.
You make special trips to the store or restaurant to get your fix
Uh oh, your ice cream stash is empty, there are no more chips in the cupboard. Time to run to the store and stock up, or go for a treat at your local cafe just because you can.
Sugar becomes your reward
Oh I’ll just clean the kitchen and then I’ll deserve to have a slice of cheesecake. I had a rough day, I deserve to eat chips and drink pop for dinner.
You’ve got a secret stash and when nobody’s around you dig in
This is a big one, if you have a stockpile of unhealthy snacks that you hide from your loved ones, it’s time to open your eyes and put down the candy.
The good news is by reducing sugar from your food and drinks it doesn’t take long for you to feel the difference within your mind and body. When combined with exercise - of course we suggest a healthy dose of RiDES - your body will rebalance and reset within 3 weeks. Some people start to feel better and see results within the first week.
So instead of hunkering down with that bowl of candy over Halloween, think about booking a class and knocking back some extra water. Go for a walk in lieu of hitting the pantry if you are not sure you are hungry (or choose a high protein snack instead). By cutting down on sugar, you will have extra energy in spin classes and you will even start hitting goals you never thought were possible!
Sinead O’Conner, RiDER and Health and Wellness Coach
+1 415 767 6993