Watch your sugar intake! The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily sugar intake to no more than 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons for men (1 teaspoon is equal to 4 grams of sugar). It is easy to consume well over the recommended daily amount in just one sitting, so always check labels and be aware of how much sugar you are taking in on a regular basis.
Cook at home whenever possible and avoid sweet treats, heavily processed foods, and sugary beverages. Try satisfying your sweet tooth with fruit infused water or fruit with a little healthy fat (such as apples and peanut butter). The fruit supplies the sweet taste, while the fat will help you to feel full and satiated.
Few of us will ever be perfect when it comes to our sugar intake. Being more conscious of how much we are consuming, and cutting back wherever we can, will help to cut out a lot of added sugar that we didn’t even know we were consuming. Happy health!