Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

Resolved - one month away from alcohol and sugar!

I know I'm not then only one who ate too many Almond Rocha's, enjoyed and too many glasses of wine over the Holiday season! All the sugar and the wine left me feeling tired and unmotivated, so to kick start the New Year, I'm commencing on a full month of no alcohol or sugar.  My two evils, which feed on each other, must go in order for me to get some control back in my life!  Do you have any idea how much sugar is in our everyday foods?  An article by John Casey from WebMD states "Americans eat over One hundred aaccording six, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)."  Imagine it: 31 five-pound bags for each of us.

That's not to say that we get most of the sugar in our diets directly from the sugar bowl. Only about 29 pounds of it comes as traditional sugar, or sucrose, according to The Sugar Association, a trade group of sugar manufacturers. The rest comes from foods.

Of course, those foods include things like candy, soda, and junk food. But plenty of sugar is hiding in places where you might not expect it.

Some types of crackers, yogurt, ketchup, and peanut butter, for instance, are loaded with sugar -- often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS. Use of this sweetener has increased 3.5% per year in the last decade, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That's twice the rate at which the use of refined sugar has grown."

Just looking at the food labels is an eye-opening experience, so being diligent about what's in your food is a must if you're trying to watch your waistline.  Best practice is to Skip anything that comes out of a box, that's processed or refined, so that means preparing your foods ahead of time.  Now it's really not that hard, you just have to make the time to do it.  It usually takes me about 15 minutes at night to put my days food together for my daughter and myself.  I'll tell you what's in my lunch today: tuna salad made with plain Greek yogurt, lemon, salt and pepper, on a bed of romain lettuce with tomatoes, half a pear, some roasted almonds, 3 hardboiled eggs, and a Myoplex light protein bar.

So I've made it through 4 days and I'm feeling like I have more energy than ever!  I will keep you posted on my challenges, but for today I'm feeling great!

In the Best of Health!

Karrie D

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