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are you a sugar addict?
10 May 2014

Are you a sugar addict?

At JAM cosmetics, our Dance Makeup Experts know that true BEAUTY starts from the inside.   So how are you taking care of your body? Are you a sugar-addict?  Take this quiz to find out:

This quiz is taken from Dr. Nancy Appleton’s book, “Lick the Sugar Habit”…an awesome read, btw!

Choose if the statements are TRUE or FALSE for you…answer as truthfully as you can.

  1. I don’t eat refined sugar every day.
  2. I can go more than a day without eating some kind of sugar-containing food
  3. I never have cravings for sugar, coffee, or chocolate.
  4. I’ve never hidden sweets around the house so I can eat them later.
  5. I can stop after eating one bite of pastry or one piece of candy.
  6. There are times when I have no sugar around the house.
  7. I can have sweets in the house without eating them.
  8. I can go at least 3 hours without eating without shakes, fatigue or bad moods.
  9. I do not eat something sweet after every meal.
  10. I rarely drink coffee or eat donuts or sweet rolls for breakfast
  11. I can go more than an hour after waking without eating.
  12. I don’t drink sweetened soft drinks every day.

Results: For the record, if you answered four of these questions FALSE, then stop lying to yourself and seek help for your sugar addiction.  If you answered between 1 and 3 questions FALSE, then you may develop an addiction later, unless you lied.  Zero FALSE answers mean you don’t have a problem, unless you lied.  Come on, fess up!

What is so BAD about sugar?  Here is a list from Dr. Nancy Appleton’s blog of issues, problems, and diseases associated with excessive consumption of sugar: 141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health

During competitions and performance seasons, it is so easy to just grab a sugar-y food option, candy bar, danish pastry, even some protein bars are extremely high in sugar.

Set yourself up for success.  Do what is RIGHT… not what is EASY!

Here is a list of alternative meal/snack ideas for dancers during training, rehearsals, and performance seasons taken from “The Care and Feeding of a Dancer, by Toni Branner, M.A. and Jenna Lee Branner:

  • Whole-grain cereal (with fruit and soy, rice, or almond milk)
  • Sandwich on whole grain bread with hummus, spreadable fruit and peanut or almond butter, veggies, or organic turkey
  • Brown or wild rice with veggies or beans
  • Whole-grain tortilla wrap with veggies, beans and avocados
  • Pita pocket with veggies, tuna, or hummus
  • Whole-grain pasta with veggies and/or tomato sauce
  • Fruit of any kind (fresh pineapple has an enzyme that repairs muscle)
  • Baked potato or sweet potato
  • Oatmeal (with fruit and/or nuts)
  • Raw almonds, pecans or walnuts mixed with dried fruit
  • Parfait with fruit and granola
  • Celery and peanut or almond butter
  • Raw veggies with hummus or low-fat dip
  • Baked tortilla chips with salsa
  • Mini rice cakes with peanut or almond butter
  • Graham crackers or ginger snaps dipped in applesauce
  • Healthy sports bars/granola bars are preferable to fast food or vending machines (try Kashi brand or a bar with low sugar, high-fiber, and a plant-based protein source)
  • Homemade banana bread or muffins

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