NUTRITION CHALLENGE

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Studies show that a high intake of refined sugar may be linked with several health issues. But cravings for sweets can be powerful. So how can you break the hold that sugar has over you? One way is to commit to cutting back on sugary foods—and then setting a date to start. As you prepare for cutting back, clear your kitchen of desserts, candy, sugary snack foods, and anything else that’s high in added sugars. Look at the nutrition facts label if you are unsure. Stock up on fresh fruits, sliced veggies, air-popped popcorn, nuts, seeds, and low-fat cheese instead. Try to get plenty of sleep. Find healthy ways to manage your stress. Eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day to keep your blood sugar steady.