Let me tell you about a weekly routine I had when my kids weren’t in school yet. We had a standing date to Barnes and Noble with a Starbucks conveniently next to it. Before we ventured into the children’s section, we stopped at Starbucks where I’d order the usual Grande Mint Mocha Frappuccino. Now a weekly jaunt to Starbucks shouldn’t be a big deal right? However, this was in addition to the “hidden sugars” in the typical meals I had at that time of my life.
The time before I became more aware of what I put in my body.
The time before I started to read ingredient and nutrition labels.
The time before I found out I was at risk for prediabetes.
I love coffee! But I knew I had to figure out a way to cut the sugar. Let’s look at the nutrition label for a Grande Mint Mocha Frap:
A Mindset Shift
After the wake-up call of discovering my blood sugar levels significantly increased, I shifted my mindset. I asked myself, what would happen if I switched my order to a smaller size? How about from a frap to an iced latte? In fact, an iced latte reduced the sugar content down to 16g of sugar (4 tsp) – now we’re talking! I still had my coffee fix but without too much sugar. Eventually, my palate adjusted and I ventured to try a cup of simply black coffee. Not bad at all!
The girls are older and in school now, so we no longer go to Barnes as often as we did before. And when we do, I don’t even stop at Starbucks. We now brew our own coffee in the convenience of our home and invested in an espresso machine. Saves us money and best of all, this one habit also helped restore my health.
This is just one example of the changes I made in lowering my risk for prediabetes. Sugar is a tremendous culprit that sneaks into our diet in a myriad of ways.