Here you are, facing a new year. Would you like to be healthier than you are now? Challenge yourself to learn facts about eating healthy and feeling better. Here is something to think about: Most people know that sugary sodas increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, but many don’t realize it can also increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women! You may already have rheumatoid arthritis and need to accept that sugar isn’t sweet on your joints.
Experts say that it is hard to pin down exactly how sugar harms your joints, but many believe it could ultimately be attributed to inflammation. Have you experienced the feeling of a slow burn in your joints that brings on pain, swelling, and stiffness? E xcess sugars, such as fructose and sucrose, are thought to add fuel to that slow burning fire. It’s most likely time to give up much of that junk food. This never sounds like fun, but once your pain becomes lessened, you may not miss that snack cake or candy bar so much.
Sugars often increase your risk of diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Some doctors think those with RA are at doubly at risk to develop cardiovascular disease, and that there is a 50% increased chance of diabetes. If you have RA, you really need to make cutting back on sugar one of your top New Year’s resolutions.
If you’re asking yourself how you can cut back on sugar, we can give you a few suggestions. First and foremost, stop drinking sugar! Just as sodas are bad for your joints, so are energy drinks and many fruit juices. Instead, go for skim milk or black tea, and of course water is even better. Second, drop the syrup. One tablespoon of maple syrup contains 50 calories. If you must have your morning flapjacks, use fresh fruit or pure fruit purees instead. Third, add cinnamon. Cinnamon is a good antioxidant and it helps your body process blood glucose. Try it in your tea, hot chocolate, or coffee! Leave out the sugary creamers. If you’re making muffins, add cinnamon to the batter for a new and tasty treat. Fourth, make your own pasta sauce! Almost all readymade pasta sauces are packed with extra sugar.
If you would like even more ways to cut sugar from your diet, you can get them from Weight to Wellness. You see losing extra pounds is not the only reason you have to want to join. You will be coached in ways to eat healthier and therefore be healthier.
The only thing you have to lose by joining Weigh to Wellness is the extra weight you have collected this past year, as well as some bad eating habits. If you’ve made weight-loss resolutions for years, only to find yourself doing the same thing each year, it’s time to let us help! Your goals are waiting to be achieved with help from the professional medical staff at Weigh to Wellness.
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