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Giving Up Sugar: Tips And Tricks

Giving Up Sugar: Tips And Tricks

The holiday season is just around the corner, and the festive sweet treats of the season seems to be everywhere! It’s hard to resist all these delectable delights. Giving up sugar during the holidays, or any other time of year for that matter, is a difficult feat. It’s well-known that overindulging in sugar is bad for you, but it seems impossible to completely avoid it. Here are some tips to get you on the right track to modifying your lifestyle and improving your overall wellness and oral health.

MEDICAL GUIDANCE

If you think you may have a sugar problem, schedule a visit with your physician. He or she may refer you to an endocrinologist who will take your blood pressure, and conduct urine and blood tests to measure your blood sugar and cholesterol panel.

Then, you can consult a nutritionist. As a team, you can collaborate to formulate a structured nutritional plan that is low in sugar, but a diet that still tastes good!

WAYS TO REDUCE SUGAR INTAKE

Giving up sugar in today’s world can be very difficult. According to an American Heart Association study, most adults in North America consume about 22 teaspoons of added sugars a day. When you’re sitting down to a meal or snack, or when you’re at the grocery store, here are some tips to help you cut down on sugar:

  • Inspect food labels to spot hidden sugars.
  • Use sugar-free or lower sugar options wherever possible.
  • Add more spices and herbs for flavour in place of sugar.

HEALTHY REPLACEMENTS

Some options that can help guide a person to eliminating sugar from their diet can be simple as banishing sugary beverages, like sodas, from the fridge. Reach for a glass of water instead. Water from your tap is beneficial for your oral health too, especially if it is fluoridated. Fluoride strengthens your enamel and washes away any food particles your saliva was unable to dislodge. Or, if you’re craving bubbles, opt for seltzer water.

Sugar and carbohydrates are go-to snacks for many people because they’re satisfying. Instead of reaching for a candy bar that has zero nutritional value, enjoy a handful of unsalted nuts or a low-fat cheese stick. They are packed with healthy fat and protein that can satisfy your appetite. Fresh vegetables and fruits are the obvious healthy snacks.

Speaking of snacks, try not to snack too much. Eating between meals can have a negative effect on your diet and your teeth. Whenever you eat, sugar and carbohydrates initiate acid attacks on your teeth. The acid can then wear away your enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to cavities. If you do snack, make sure to wash everything down with plenty of water.

YOU CAN DO IT!

Making these changes to your diet and sticking to them can make a huge impact over time on many aspects of your health. While you’re making improvements to your lifestyle, take the time to evaluate your oral health too. Schedule dental cleanings twice a year, floss daily, and brush twice a day. Prevention is key for a smile that will last a lifetime, which is not only imperative in your oral health but also in your overall health, and that’s priceless!

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at info@familycaredentalclinic.com to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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