How Much Sugar is OK for Me?

Karen Patten

So if you’ve been reading along with 31 Days to Annihilate Sugar, right about now you might be feeling hopeless or at the very least freaking out. You’re probably saying O.M.G!!! If I can’t have any sugar – I may as well stop reading right now because I can’t give up sugar! How much sugar can I have? How much sugar is too much? How much sugar is ok for me? Don’t freak out just yet…

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It’s true that reducing or eliminating your added sugar intake is hard; if it wasn’t, you would have already done it and you wouldn’t be reading this. Let’s remember that I’m talking about added sugar – not naturally occurring sugar in unprocessed foods. So that should put your mind at ease a little bit.

How Much Sugar is OK for Me?

Guidelines from the American Heart Association state that women should have no more than 25 grams (100 calories) from added sugar each day. This is still six teaspoons of added sugar! Men should limit added sugar intake to 37.5 grams (150 calories) a day.

With that said, it’s still less than you think and likely less than you are currently consuming. So what now?

This is Hard. Why Do I Need to Reduce My Sugar Intake?

Now it’s time to remember your motivation for reducing your sugar intake. If you missed that action item, go back to it now. Remember that my motivation is fear? (I never said it was noble…) So a reminder that going over the recommended maximum starts putting me at a higher risk for disease is helpful. Considering a higher risk for disease helps make reducing added sugar more worthwhile for me. It’s a balancing act – what motivation makes it worthwhile for you to start reducing your added sugar intake?

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Tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year will all come whether or not you take any steps to reduce or eliminate your sugar intake for you and your family. But if you do take steps, even baby steps, you’re closer to better health today than you were  yesterday. No matter where you started. And that’s a good thing! So here’s your crossroads? Are you in?

TODAY’S PERSONAL SUGAR ADDICTION CHALLENGE:

Take a look at where refined sugar fits into your day. You might want to start keeping a journal of sorts. Is it in the morning to help you wake up and function? Later in the afternoon? Or are you constantly having small amounts of refined sugar throughout the day?

SUGAR ADDICTION ACTION ITEM:

Look at your list from above – where refined sugar fits into your day. Pick just one of the times during the day that you’re getting a sugar boost and cut that one time out each day.

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2 Comments

  1. Momfever on October 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Even though I read a lot about sugar being bad for you I can’t bring myself to stop having it. I just love my daily piece of chocolate too much…



    • Karen Patten on October 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

      It is hard! But if your only added sugar is just a daily piece of chocolate – you’re probably fine 🙂 Stick with it! And if it’s dark chocolate, there are actually health benefits 🙂



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