When it comes to nutrition, I do not believe in being overly restrictive in any area of your diet unless you are being advised to do so by a medical professional for good solid reasons. If you enjoy sweets than I believe you should allow yourself to eat them.
It’s important to note that some sugar is actually good for you. Naturally occurring sugars found in whole foods are an important part of a diverse diet. We need carbs to function properly. However, too much added sugar in your diet can throw your body out of whack and has been linked to some serious health issues. Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared.
Added sugar can show up in foods you might not expect, like salad dressings and bread. Simple steps like making your own salad dressings and sauces at home can hep you cut back on sugar without sacrificing taste. While I’m probably not going to start baking bread every week, making my own salad dressing is definitely doable and I can buy bread with no added sugar.
I recommend reading the labels before buying prepared foods. You don’t need to obsess, just simply become aware of how much sugar you are eating on a daily basis. If everything you are eating has “added” sugar, consider alternative brands with less sugar or even making some of the food from scratch and skipping the sugar altogether. Often times, it’s being used for a preservative so removing it from the ingredients list is not that big of a deal.
Here’s a simple salad dressing recipe to help you get started:
This recipe makes two servings so you may want to double or triple the recipe. 🙂
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Apple Cider or White Wine Vinegar
1/4 Tsp salt
1/4 Tsp black pepper or salt free seasoning like Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute. It’s okay to get creative.
Place all ingredients in a salad dressing shaker. You can usually find them in your kitchen section at your local hardware store or search for one on line. Shake and serve over your favorite salad.
Cutting back on excess sugar isn’t about deprivation. It’s about creating balance in your daily diet, feeling good, and taking good care of your health.
Here’s to a happy and healthy week!
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