TWO weeks ago we started the Drop A Size For Christmas challenge. So – how are you doing so far? Have you been practising your small habits every day? If you have been diligent about your baby steps then go to the top of the class. If life has got in the way and you haven’t quite managed it every day, then look at it as a learning experience rather than giving up.
Think about how you can learn from what’s not gone so well and rather than getting emotional about it and thinking you’re a failure – do it differently.
One of the things you can do over the next few weeks to really move yourself forward both in terms of health and your weight loss is to be aware of your sugar consumption – and I mean the added sugar and hidden sugar that’s in our everyday food.
I know I keep on about this but it’s really really important. Last Friday at the Sugar Summit in London, it was revealed that people’s concern about the dangers of sugar is very high.
Here’s one of the slides with the statistics, photographed off the screen at the summit.
A lot of the reason we consume so much sugar is that hidden in everything!
Look at the different names sugar goes under in everyday food…
So my challenge to you for the next week is to be vigilant and if you think you eat healthy food, think again. Look for the sugar content in what you’re buying then limit your consumption to the recommended healthy amount…
Which is 25g a day (6tsp) for a woman and 38g (9tsp) a day for a man. If you’re anything like me, you were conditioned to look for the fat content in food.
Years ago I used to swear by Rosemary Conley’s Hip and Thigh diet and followed it religiously – limiting my fat consumption to only a few grams a day.
But things have moved on and several years ago I discovered a lot of the fat I was excluding from my daily nutrition was in fact important to have IN my body for essential health reasons.
However, refined, added sugar is NOT needed by our bodies at all and we consume too much of it. So even if you think you’re eating healthy food, please spend a week checking your labels.
I spoke to a lady recently who said she eats healthy food all the time and couldn’t understand why she wasn’t shifting fat. Yet on closer investigation I discovered most of her food is convenience food from a very well-known “healthy” brand and there was huge amounts of sugar in the savoury food.
This is because sugar acts as a preservative to make shelf life longer and helps the freezing process to be more effective, too. So today I’m issuing you with a challenge within a challenge!
My new challenge for you is about making sure the food you’re eating is healthy and not riddled with sugar – because so much of it is.
If you’re listening to a Slimpod this should be easy peasy to do!
Let me know in the comments below if you’re up for that and I’ll check in with you next week to see how it’s going!