‘Tis the Season for Sugar!

This blog post is presented via Laura Hsu, AVAC’s Certified Nutritionist

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Ahhhh the holiday season…a wonderful time of year filled with tree trimming, family gatherings, twinkling lights, gift exchanges, and lots of wonderful food!

We all tend to indulge a bit more this time of year, what with homemade holiday cookies, eggnog, calorie-dense appetizers, cocktails, etc., tempting us at every turn. Although it’s a myth that the average person gains 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the average American does gain about a pound during the winter holiday season, and often doesn’t lose it. This 1-pound weight gain accumulates year over year, which can contribute to obesity by mid-life.

The average American gains about a pound during
the winter holiday season, and often doesn’t lose it.

The real challenge of the holiday season is the onslaught of tempting sugary treats and refined carbohydrates, such as from breads, crackers, cookies, pies and cakes. Many are able to control their intake of refined sugar the rest of the year, only to be undone by those gingerbread men cookies and eggnog lattes around the holidays. Sugar intake may lead to more cravings, weakened immunity, brain fog, and added pounds, to name a few of sugar’s damaging health effects.

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Many people begin the new year ready to start fresh, vowing to lose any extra weight and give up sugar for good. The problem is that breaking old habits and getting the support they need is very difficult.

Enter AVAC’s 28-Day Nutrition Challenge!

Laura Hsu, AVAC’s nutritionist, is offering a nutrition program in January which can help stop the cycle of sugar addiction and unhealthy eating habits. The program includes 4 private weekly nutrition sessions with Laura, two lectures to provide nutrition education (‘Eating for Health’ and ‘Sugar, How Sweet It Isn’t’), meal plans,

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recipes, field trips to the Farmer’s Market, and best of all, support throughout. Studies show that it takes about 21-28 days to form a new habit, so this challenge is the perfect way to start the new year on the right foot with healthy eating habits, nutrition education, and tips and strategies for lifelong change. Signing up just might be the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season!

Please contact Laura for details and to register: (408) 596-0379 or lhsu@avac.us.

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