It’s that time of year when you vow to renew yourself mentally and physically. Let’s face it, we’ve all promised ourselves at least once (or every year) to get physically fit and look and feel like new. Well, I do it every year.
I usually start with easily achievable goals. You know, like making my own bed, no screen time after 10pm, exercising at least 3 times a week, and um, cutting back on sugar.
However, more often than not, a few months into the new year, these resolutions prevent me from living the ‘perfect life’ and lead me to quit all at once. But again, new year, same resolutions and same me.
2020 has been a year of changes. We all have acquired some habits that are hard to break. With restrictions on going out leading to minimal activities, our lives have seen a new low this year. While we’re not sure how great things will be in 2021, we do know the importance of leading a happy life, and more importantly, a healthy one.
That’s why the only thing I did while I had all the time in the world is follow the resolutions I made 5 years ago. It’s only been 4 months and I can see a visible difference in my lifestyle and of course my body. The biggest thing I’ve done this year has really changed the way my body works. I am more active, attentive and most importantly healthy.
So what is it really? I do a lot of exercise? No! Have I stopped eating garbage? No!
So what is it really?
You will be very surprised to learn that just by making a simple change in my lifestyle, I have been able to achieve the fitness goals that I have been making for myself year after year on New Year’s Eve. Yeah! I reduced the sugar. It was only after reading it that I realized that sugar is actually one of the main causes of various lifestyle related problems, and most importantly, weight gain.
Does that mean no candy?
No. That just means using a better alternative like low calorie (sugar free) sweeteners to replace the refined sugar I have at home. These sweeteners provide the sweetness of sugar with little to no calories. Sugar-free sweeteners come in various forms, including those made with natural sweeteners like stevia. These can be used to completely replace regular sugar in your kitchen and home!
Umm…is it safe?
Contrary to popular opinion, low calorie sweeteners are thoroughly researched and confirmed by many credible agencies for their safety. Key ingredients in these sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose, and stevia, have been recognized as safe by the US FDA1 and JECFA2,3, an international committee of scientific experts jointly administered by the Organization for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the WHO. In India, sugar free products are regulated by competent authorities like FSSAI. Low calorie sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, and stevia are approved for use as sweeteners by FSSAI within the Recommended ADI (Acceptable Daily Intake). The WHO also approves low calorie sweeteners within the recommended ADI.
So this means that 2021 will be our year of good health! Sweeten up your exercise or diet regimen by adopting SugarFree as a lifestyle change and make your body thank you. So when are you replacing sugar in your cooking? Happy new year!
The ADI (acceptable daily intake) for sucralose is 5 mg/kg bw/day and aspartame is 40 mg/kg bw/day, the ADI for steviol glycoside is 4 mg/kg bw/day. body weight/day (expressed as steviol), aspartame is not recommended for phenylketonurics. Sugar-Free Gold & Natura contains artificial sweeteners and is for the calorie conscious. They are not recommended for children.