Wellness Wednesday

As. Dr. Rowland used to say – “Sugar is Evil”. Of course we can’t get completely away from sugar as there are naturally occurring sugars in many of the foods that we eat, but we can limit the amount of sugar that we consume.

1. Consuming too much sugar triggers your liver to store fat, which can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
2. Too much sugar can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
3. Chronically high insulin levels can lead to heart disease.
4. Excess sugar can lead to unhealthy cholesterol levels.
5. Insulin resistance and high fat diets have been linked to Alzheimer’s.
6. Sugar has been associated with a higher risk of depression.
7. Consuming ultra-processed, sugar laden drinks/foods takes only 30 minutes to go from a sugar rush to a CRASH! If you feel tired and sleepy after dessert or a soda with sugar – think about this one.

To wean yourself off of sugar….

1. Know the definition of added sugar.
2. Look for sugar on food labels
3. Don’t go “cold turkey” – reduce gradually
4. Cut down on packaged and processed foods.
5. Indulge in high quality sweets like 70% cacao dark chocolate (small amounts)
6. Free sweets aren’t “free” just because you didn’t buy them.
7. Get rid of the candy and cookie jar.
8. Cut out soda and other sugary drinks – choose water, mineral water, iced tea.


Terry Richards, CFO