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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - January is time when most people make resolutions to get healthy and/or lose weight.; however, what if you make changes to the way you eat to be healthy all year long?

Kara Carper, with Nutritional Weight and Wellness, stopped by KARE 11 News at 4, to suggest that this year you become conscious of your sugar intake.

The average number of teaspoons of sugar that American has in a day is 43!

The American Heart Association recommends that we eat only six teaspoons of sugar per day to protect our heart.

Kara says making these changes can improve your health, help you lose weight, lessen pain and inflammation in your body and many other positive improvements. If you make these kind of small changes each day, they will add up to big results by the end of the month or year.

She recommended that we choose real foods to increase metabolism and feel better (fewer aches and pains, more energy, better moods).

  • Enjoy an omelet and fruit for breakfast instead of a bowl of cereal, milk and an orange juice.
  • For lunch, have a bowl of chili with a salad and mineral water instead of a sandwich, chips and soda
  • For a snack, a ΒΌ cup of almonds would be better than popcorn

Processed, high carbohydrate foods create a sugar overload on the body.

They slow metabolism and can lead to weight gain.

They cause inflammation that leads to aches and pains.

They lower energy and create poor moods

If you have diet related questions, head to Weight and Wellness.

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