Caregiver in Port St. Lucie FL
Have you ever stopped to really think about how much sugar you or your aging loved ones consume on a daily basis, or how this sugar impacts your health, wellbeing, and caregiver efforts? January 18 through 22 is Sugar Awareness Week, an amazing opportunity for you to learn about this incredibly prevalent food additive and the impact that it can make on your health and wellbeing when you eat too much of it, and when you make the decision to cut it out of your diet.
Some things that you should know about sugar include:
• One pound of refined sugar contains 120 teaspoons of sugar.
• The average American consumes between 150 and 170 pounds of sugars each year.
• Since the 1800s, the amount of sugar that the average American consumes has increased by more than 17 times.
• Sugar produces addictive-like activity in the brain and addict-like behavior, including show of anxiety and anticipation when without the sugar, but low satisfaction after consuming it. Scans have shown that refined sugar is just as addictive as cocaine.
• The American Heart Association recommends that people consume no more than 9 1/2 teaspoons of sugar a day, but the average adult consumes 22 teaspoons, and the average child consumes 32 teaspoons each day.
• Added sugar is responsible for adding around 500 calories each day. One week of this number of calories adds up to a pound of fat.
What all of this means for your caregiver journey is that refined sugars are a tremendous risk for your parents’ health and wellbeing, increasing their risk of obesity, diabetes, fatigue, headaches, hypoglycemia, and many other health consequences, as well as mental and emotional health concerns, but is also something that you can easily control.
This Sugar Awareness Week, commit yourself to understanding your and your parents’ relationship with sugar, identify the foods you consume that contain the highest concentrations of sugar, and make steps to reduce sugar in an effort to improve your care efforts and their benefits.
One powerful way to become aware of sugar and how it impacts you is to commit yourself and your parents to completely omitting sugars, both refined and not, from your diet for a few days and monitoring how it makes you feel. This means reading all food labels, preparing your own foods, and completely avoiding:
• High fructose corn syrup
• Fruit juice concentrate
• Evaporated cane juice
• Maltose dextrose
• Corn sweetener
Challenge yourself and your parents to keep a journal that chronicles how this challenge makes you feel. Every day record what you eat and drink, your emotional and mental reactions to the lack of sugar and the challenges that come along with eliminating the additive, and how you feel physically as you move through the days of the challenge. When it is over, spend some time talking to your parents about your sugar consumption and make plans together for how you can realistically and beneficially reduce the sugar in your parents’ daily diet.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Port St. Lucie, FL, please contact the caring staff at Atlantic In-Home Care today. Call (772) 202-3006 for information.