Sunday, December 30, 2012
I recently joined the Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge ( www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
) and as part of the challenge, I'm looking at a couple of things, first why I want to cut back and second, why I crave/eat sugar in the first place.
The biggest reason that I want to cut back is that I have a family history of Type II Diabetes and have been diagnosed with PCOS, which further increases my risk of getting Diabetes as I get older. By decreasing both my weight and my sugar intake, I can also decrease my risk, though it is impossible to eliminate it completely.
The second reason is that I tend to eat more calories on the days that I start (and continue) to eat sweets, and I would rather fill those calories with more nutritious things. Since joining SparkPeople and tracking my food, I've noticed that my diet is lacking in fiber and protein. The empty sugar calories I'm eating could be better put to use eating high fiber foods or proteins which will keep me feeling full longer.
That actually leads right into why I crave the sugar in the first place. When I eat sugar, for breakfast for example, in a cinnamon roll or pop-tart, my blood sugar goes up quickly then drops again quickly, which leads to craving and eating more sugar. It ends up being a nasty cycle. If I can replace breakfast with a high protein/high fiber option instead, like a bowl of oatmeal and soymilk or an egg, and a bit of fruit, I may be able to curb this vicious cycle at the beginning of the day.
For the next week, my goal will be to choose a healthier option for breakfast and to increase my protein and fiber consumption.