I’m in the middle of a terrible break-up – a disengagement with sugar. I’ve known for a while that this relationship needed to end – but like many people, I had faith that it would turn around and that drastic measures wouldn’t need to be taken. I have been naive.

My love of sugar comes in many forms: refined, grains, sweet breads, Swedish fish candy- and it has crept into my life everywhere.  By utilizing these 5 rules, I am taking control of my sugar intake and making an intention to leading a healthier life!

1. Keep a food journal. Look at where the hidden sugars are lying. In your hot drinks, in yogurt, in spaghetti sauce, grain intake.

2. Daily recommended sugar intake for a female is 25 grams of sugar. That’s roughly 9 teaspoons of sugar a day. The average American keeps nearly twice that or even three times the amount which puts the person at risk for a slew of illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune disorders. (site:

 3. Plan your meals for the week. When you are in charge of your meal plan – you are making a conscious thought to be more healthy. In turn – throughout the week you will make healthier choices and not pick sugar laden things on-the-go.

 4. Buy whole foods – that have no added ingredients. If you choose to buy a processed food, choose an item that sugar isn’t one of the first 3 ingredients.

5. Check the glycemic index of commonly eaten foods in your diet. Try to choose items that has a glycemix index of less that 50. (on a scale of 100) You can check items here:

 Cheers to a nourishing and healthy new year!

Terri Eaton is a massage therapist and Outreach Manager at SenSpa Wellness Center as well as a wellness enthusiast. This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about med­i­cine, health and related sub­jects.  The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice.