Get Off the Sugar Roller-Coaster – 5 Easy Tips

replace sugar with fruit!

Would you like to rid yourself of sugar cravings once and for all? Sugar is a very addictive substance and is found in many processed foods. Before we get to the simple and practical steps, let’s determine if your body might be suffering from a sugar overload.

There are at least 44 documented adverse reactions to sugar consumption. Below, find just 14 of them. Do you see yourself in any of these descriptions? Continue reading “Get Off the Sugar Roller-Coaster – 5 Easy Tips”

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Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?

sugary-foodsThe recent film What the Health raised the question as to whether sugar or other carbohydrates cause diabetes. Because blood sugar levels are high in diabetes, a common notion has held that eating sugar somehow triggers the disease process. The American Diabetes Association(1) and Diabetes UK(2) have labeled this notion a “myth,” as has the Joslin Diabetes Center(3), which wrote, “Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar.” These and other organizations have worked to educate people about the causes of diabetes and the role that foods play in the disease process. Continue reading “Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?”

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New Sugar Limit Recommendations For Children

soda-drinkingThe American Heart Association (AHA) is suggesting that children consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. That is only 25 grams.

According to the AHA, children are now getting way more than the suggested sugar limit of 25 grams and it is adversely affecting their health. A diet high in added sugars is strongly associated with weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol and fatty liver disease in children.

What is added sugar? Added sugar is anything added to a food that it wouldn’t normally contain. Table sugar, fructose, maple syrup or honey used as an ingredient in processing, preparing foods or beverages, eaten separately, or added to a meal at the dining table are all considered added sugar. Common foods that have added sugar are soft drinks, candy and baked goods.

One can of soda alone contains on average 35 grams of sugar!!!!

If you want to learn more about sugar and its effects on the body, watch the documentary Fed Up and read these five things you may not have known about sugar, but you should: Continue reading “New Sugar Limit Recommendations For Children”

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The Documentary FED UP

documentary fed-upI ran across the documentary Fed Up while perusing Netflix one weekend. It is a film that investigates the food industry’s influence on U.S. dietary guidelines and the resulting impact on the health of Americans.

According the to documentary, many diseases can be attributed to the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis. The amount has increased dramatically in less than 40 years and so have heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Sugar is added to everything – ketchup, pasta sauce, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, juice and energy drinks, baked goods, yogurt, and even baby formula. And more.

The addiction to sugar starts young. Addiction? Yes, addiction. One  study showed that of 43 cocaine-addicted rats given the choice between cocaine and sugar water over 15 days, 40 of them opted for sugar!

Another problem is that, unlike fat, protein, salt or any other nutrient, there is no recommended daily allowance for sugar. Look at a nutrition label. See what’s missing? Continue reading “The Documentary FED UP”

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9 Strategies to Lose Weight and Stop Dieting… Once and For All

healthy-livingStruggling with excess weight? Whether you’ve recently gained a few pounds or chronic dieting is a regular way of life, here are nine strategies to lose weight and stop dieting… once and for all. Ready? Here we go:

1. Kick Your Sugar Habit. If I didn’t have thousands of clients who’ve done it (including myself), I wouldn’t be as convinced that this is the single greatest, most important gift you can give yourself for lasting weight loss, energy and health. Imagine your cravings gone, fat melting away, endless, steady energy and so much more. That’s what happens when you kick sugar to the curb.

2. Find Your Motivation. There’s a deeply personal reason why you want to get the weight off. Sure you want to look and feel better, but dig a little deeper and what you’ll find is the real motivation behind the attempts you’ve made in the past. Do you want a new relationship, confidence to change careers, energy to keep up with your kids? Identifying your “why,” writing it down, and reading it throughout the day can help keep you motivated and on track.

3. Identify Automatic and Habitual Behavior. We’re creatures of habit and the majority of things we do throughout the day prove it. Just try to brush your teeth differently, put on the other leg of your pants first, or change your morning routine and you’ll see what I mean. How does this apply to weight loss? Continue reading “9 Strategies to Lose Weight and Stop Dieting… Once and For All”

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