Whole30 Participant and Nutritionist Stress Importance of Eliminating Excessive Sugar Intake

The Whole30 Program originated in 2009 starting with the book “It Starts with Food”. The book highlights a wholesome eating pattern exempting sugar and generally any processed foods not considered “wholesome” for a thirty-day period. One key component: eliminate unnatural sugars. Sally Schöberlein participated in the Whole 30 program while residing in Germany; she says after the first few uncomfortable days sugar cravings, she began noticing a positive difference with the way she felt.

Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Oprah’s magazine identifies sugar as an issue, offering tips on reducing sugar intake. An article by Stephanie Schomer, “Sugar Shock: Three Things YouDidn’t Know about Your Diet”, identifies the average American consumes over three times the recommended daily sugar dose. The article states, “[the] American Heart Association recommends limiting our added sugar intake to six teaspoons daily, but our actual intake is about 22.2 teaspoons.”

Consequently, the majority of Americans overeat sugar, compromising a healthy lifestyle. What is the best way to maintain a healthy eating pattern with less sugar?

Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Nutritionist Sarah Skolnik recommends monitoring your eating patterns daily and understanding exactly what you are eating. Skolnik explains that the brain responds very similarly to sugar as it would addictive substances and it is important to know what ingredients are in your food. The difference between sugary food and drug addictions are slim, according to a study conducted by the NIH. The study “has revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.”

Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

 

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