Health and Exercise are the new hot topics…as this should always be one of the main priorities in our day-to-day life. Do you know where to start? You are not alone; many of us do not know where to start exercising in our crazy lives. Let’s sit back and make a strategy for ourselves. Learn how to organize yourself, schedule your life out, and get started. If you’re tired of starting over, stop saying you’ll start tomorrow, start today.
Do you really know how much sugar you consume? Do you know what your max sugar intake should be? Though it varies from person to person, the American Heart Association suggests that the average adult consume no more than 26 grams of sugar a day. But don’t mistake that as a daily recommended value, you should shoot to stay far under that. However, if you neglect to read labels carefully, you might be well over the maximum. Taking the time to read labels and understand where the sugars are coming from is crucial to avoiding too much sugar in your diet. Furthermore, not all sugars are the same. Sugar naturally occurring in a whole apple is far different than the sugar in apple juice, and that is because the whole fruit is whole, and thus has fiber and pulp that makes the body digest the sugar differently. Understanding these differences is crucial to your health.
Too often our behaviors are not aligned with our values. The underlying principle for learning about sustainability or exhibiting sustainable behavior is values, which we define as beliefs in, or demonstrations of, the significance and meaning of objects, qualities, or human behaviors. When solving sustainability problems, we are confronted with a decision we must make according to our values related to human well-being and survival. As individuals and as a society, we must understand the value-related ramifications of our actions on a host of factors that determine sustainable practices, whether they be corporate, community, or individual. Individuals generally embrace admirable values related to sustainability, but often encounter a “cognitive dissonance” when asked to explain whether their actions accurately reflect their values. In short, many of us often do not act according to our values (it is a question of integrity). This inconsistency often motivates individuals to more actively align their behaviors with their values.
Sugar is hiding everywhere in the Western diet. The underlying factors to most chronic, lifestyle diseases are too much sugar and too little activity. However, educating yourself about the sugar in your diet is the first step to avoiding these deadly diseases. Companies do not make it easier though. Labels proclaiming “Low Fat” and “No Added Sugar” try to convince us of a product’s healthiness, yet rarely are they truthful. Plus, nutrition labels are misleading: sugar is tabulated in grams, ingredient lists are complex, and sugar has lots different names, yet all effect your body the same way–negatively. But all of this is avoidable by gaining some knowledge and putting forth some effort to be a more conscious consumer.
The American Heart Association has a great overview of how to discern sugars on food labels and convert from grams of sugar to teaspoons of sugar:
Here is a great website that lists the different names of sugar and how common they are: