Do You Have a Personal Training Question For Me?

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For the next few weeks we will have contractors working in and around our house.  Managing construction while trying to maintain some sort of flow in the household can be a bit challenging, so I’ve decided to take a vacation from some of my office duties while I attend to the home front.  This will include my weekly blog and email.

I’ll still be posting on Facebook and if you have a fitness question for me you can post it in the comment section below.  I promise I will get back to you.

An important part of overall health and fitness is creating balance in your life and knowing when to make the appropriate adjustments in your schedule.  Sometimes that includes taking a little time off from work.  🙂

Thank you for understanding while I’m away, and please don’t hesitate to use the methods above if you need anything at all.

To your health and happiness!

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Jennifer Ledford

 

Too Much Sugar May Affect Your Nutritional Health

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Too Much Sugar May Affect Your Nutritional Health

It looks like science has given us one more reason to pay attention to how much sugar we consume.

A recent study revealed that a high intake of “free sugar” (sugar added to packaged or home cooked foods) can lead to a lower consumption of important nutrients, including calcium and magnesium.  Based on data collected from 6,150 adults, nutritional deficiency was at it’s highest when free-sugar or added sugar consumption reached 25% of their daily calories.  This discovery makes sense, since processed food with high amounts of added sugar tend to be less nutrient dense and contain more empty calories.

It’s important to note that the study also showed that when free-sugar intake makes up less than 5% of overall calories the risk of nutritional deficiency is also present.  This could be related to restrictive dieting and/or not eating enough food since elimination diets have been know to lack important nutrients.

Based on the study mentioned above, added sugar has it’s place and I don’t believe that it needs to be demonized.  However, if too much added sugar can potentially harm our health, it’s probably a good idea to consider limiting how much we consume on a daily basis.  Food for thought.  🙂

Here’s to a happy and healthy week!

Shared with love,

Jennifer