My START SOMEWHERE RESET sounded easy in the beginning but has been challenging.  It’s been one month now and my waist circumference is unchanged – still 36 inches – despite eating intentionally and moving more.   Sound clinical research has convinced me that it is wise to keep that measurement under 35 inches in order to minimize or prevent metabolic syndrome.  Central obesity is one of the cardiovascular risk factors that I am most prone to despite my small frame.  I am committed to doing my best to take care of the body that God has given me.  Uncovering hidden sugar is my next step.  Metabolic Syndrome, also called Syndrome X, raises the chances of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, disorders that I have consistently observed that rob people of vitality and zest for life.

Metabolic syndrome is present if three or more of the following five risk factors are present:

  • Waist circumference of greater than 40 inches for men and greater than 35 inches for women
  • Hypertension – blood pressure greater than 130/85 mmHg
  • Fasting triglyceride level over 150 mg/dl
  • Fasting high-density lipoprotein (HDL – the good cholesterol) less than 40 mg/dl for men and less than 50 mg/dl for women
  • Fasting blood sugar over 100 mg/dl

Since the above factors are mostly within my control, I have decided to eliminate all sugar for the next 30 days.  Have you ever noticed how much sugar is added to “ordinary” foods?  Reading labels is pretty shocking!  Here are some surprises that I have uncovered in foods that I would not consider to be “sweets” or dessert:

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Salad dressing
  • Gluten-free products
  • Yogurt
  • Whole-grain cereal
  • Baked potato chips
  • Canned soup
  • Many low-fat or fat-free foods
  • “Healthy” energy and protein bars
  • Barbeque sauce
  • Baked beans
  • Many prepared organic foods
  • Bottled fruit juice
  • Granola
  • Ketchup
  • Some kombucha
  • Deli chicken salad (I’m not kidding!)

I’ve found that the key is to read labels.  Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar.  It’s not unusual to peel back the label on a “protein bar” and find that it contains 20 grams or more of sugar.  When I picture 5 teaspoons of sugar in that little bar, it almost gags me.

It’s so much better to cook at home from scratch but that’s just not where I am in my life at this point.  We cook as much as possible, but there are plenty of nights that we have to just grab something.   Home cooking is definitely the best way to LIVE YOUNGER and it is my intention to do more of it in the future.  

Will you join me in uncovering sugar for the next 30 days?  Let’s START SOMEWHERE together!  Let me know how you are uncovering sugar by tagging your social media posts with the hashtag #SSWReset!

Uncovering Hidden Sugar

Uncovering Hidden Sugar