<div class="paragraph">I realize it's December, and you want to throw eggs at my face for telling you how sugar is sabotaging your health. <br><br><em>Just leave us alone already so we can eat our sugar and live in misery!  </em><br><br>Because, you <em>have</em> to eat lots of sugar to enjoy life in December, right?<br><br>What if I told you that you <em>can</em> enjoy those occasional Christmas treats but also learn how to feed your body the <em>right</em> sugars so you can enjoy life and feel your best at the same time?<br><br>Can we still talk and be friends now? </div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/3-signs-sugar-is-sabotaging-your-health_orig.png" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph">Until about 7 years ago, I was the worst-of-the-worst kinda eater. Powdered doughnuts, Frosted Flakes, and mountain dew were a regular part of my diet. <br><br>You know was else was a regular part of my life? Frequent sickness, chronic fever blisters, horrible seasonal allergies, sinus infections, low-energy, face-breakouts, and more. <br><br>You see, when sugar runs your life, it slowly <em>ruins</em> your life at the same time.<br><br><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26487451" target="_blank">Science has shown</a> that chronic sugar consumption contributes to <span>insulin resistance, </span>lipid (fat) accumulation (especially around the stomach), and the breakdown of skeletal muscle via autophagy. This all happens as an inflammatory response in the body (more about that below). <br><br><strong>Here are 3 signs that sugar is sabotaging your health:</strong><br><br><span><u>1. You are struggling with major afternoon slumps. </u><br><br>If you are falling asleep at meetings, it's time for you to reevaluate your relationship with sugar (and maybe cut back to 1-2 cups of coffee instead of 4). See my tip below for how to start your mornings off with energy-promoting foods. <br><br>The key to satisfying your sugar cravings <em>and</em> feeling your best, is reducing your overall sugar consumption, replacing white and artificial sweeteners with natural sugars while consuming a healthy balance of protein and fat. <br><br>It's a lovely balance, really. </span><br><br><u><span>2. Anxiety is something you deal with on a regular basis.</span></u><br><br>By nature, I'm a motivated, stressed-out, go-get-er kinda gal. This character trait is wonderful at times, especially with running a business, but, it comes with a fair share of anxiety-prone symptoms. <br><br>So, I've become an expert at keeping those things in check with certain supplements like magnesium, fish oils, and probiotics along with keeping my sugar and caffeine intake in check. <br><br>If you don't believe it works, just try it for yourself. Let me know what happens. Seriously, I love hearing testimonies. <br><br><u><span>3. You are inflamed (think: joint pain, easily angered, frequent headaches, skin breakouts, vaginal yeast infections, bloating, etc)</span></u><br><br><span>If you are chronically "inflamed", you probably aren't loving life right now. You may just think these are normal symptoms of getting older, but let me just tell you, you can begin to feel amazing with just a few changes. </span><br><br>Is the chronic sugar consumption really worth feeling so crappy everyday?<br><br><strong>Now What?</strong><br><br>I don't think anybody sets out to eat more sugar so they can gain belly fat and develop diabetes. We eat sugar because it tastes good, comforts our pain, fills voids, and is part of social settings. <br><br>Because sugar is a drug, extremely addicting, and fun to enjoy with friends and family, the thought of not eating any more sugar is mostly depressing. <br><br>The good news is, you can <em>absolutely</em> enjoy sugar without feeling like I did for the first 20 years of my life. <br><br>I teach my <a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/summitfit.html" target="_blank">Summitfit </a>and <a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/nutrition.html" target="_blank">VIP</a> clients <em>exactly</em> how to do that. It just takes a few tweaks here and there to start creating new habits around sugar and feeling amazing. <br><br><u>Here are three practical ways to can start creating a better balance in life with sugar:</u><br><br>1. Throw the junk sugar out and make my <a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/blog/chocolate-peanut-butter-protein-bars-cashew-brownie-bites" target="_blank">cashew brownie bites</a>. We keep them in the freezer and enjoy one after meals or as an afternoon treat. They are truly satisfying!  <br><br>2. Save the sweet treats for later in the day. Make your mornings count with lots of protein, fats, and cultured foods. We love to have soft boiled eggs over <a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/blog/sweet-potatoes-home-fries" target="_blank">sweet potato home fries</a> with raw jalapeno sauerkraut (I get this from sprouts or whole foods), and a side of blueberries. <br><br>3. Swap out candy, cookies, and cake with natural treats like apples, dried apricots and figs, fruit smothered in my <a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/blog/30-second-chocolate-sauce" target="_blank">30-second chocolate sauce</a>, and sweet potatoes with cinnamon. I'm not saying you can't have birthday cake; please, have your cake, but focus the majority of your sugar intake on foods that naturally contain sugar. <br><br><strong>Which one of the 3 symptoms do you experience most frequently? Do you think you will implement any of the tips I provided in your own life?</strong> </div>