Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
It's time to wake up and realize that sugar is plaguing our society. It is EVERYWHERE and in EVERYTHING! Whether we knowingly bake sweet treats out of love, hobby or addiction, reach for it in the form of a 'Happy Hour' sugary cocktails, binge on Ben and Jerry's, or are simply unaware that sugar is lurking in our foods where we least expect it (salad dressings, ketchups, soups, salsas, cereals, crackers, chips). Sugar is EVERYWHERE, it is fueling our society and many of us are blind to the depths of our addictions and sugar related health implications. We find every reason to justify sugar. We have become a society that celebrates with it. We use it to self- medicate, and sooth our emotions. The newest reports have claimed that the average American consumer consumes just over 150 pounds of sugar each year! That is INSANE!
146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health
By Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.
There are ways to support your body while detoxing from sugar. There are supplements that help control blood sugar such as fiber, B- Vitamins, Chromium as well as amino acids like:Tyrosine, Tryptophan and Glutamine. These supplements can support your cravings and withdrawal symptoms while detoxing from the sugar-coated sweet life we have found ourselves living.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
- Eat real, whole food, as provided by nature. Eliminate “edible food-like substances”.
- Aim for 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, mostly vegetables. Choose a rainbow of colors.
- Eat something raw with every meal. Raw foods are living foods, supplying enzymes for better digestion. Salads are an easy way to accomplish this.
- Buy and eat organic whenever possible.
- The less sugar and refined carbohydrates you consume, the healthier you will be.
- Use only dairy products that do not contain rBST or rBGH (bovine growth hormones). Organic dairy products are best.
- Eat grass fed, pastured meat. Minimize the consumption of feedlot, grain-fed animals.
- Buy free-range, organic poultry and eggs.
- Avoid anything containing hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated fats and oils, as they are the source of trans fats. Trans fats have no place in a healthy diet!
- Make olive oil your primary oil. Extra virgin is the best choice. Other healthy fat sources include avocados, fresh nuts, and coconuts.
- Avoid foods and beverages containing artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame. Stevia and xylitol are good alternatives.
- Avoid high-fructose corn syrup, as HFCS contributes to weight gain and fatty liver disease. It’s NOT the same as sugar!
- Avoid foods containing MSG, which is a neurotoxin.
- Become an avid label reader, and buy foods that do not contain artificial or chemical preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners or other unpronounceable ingredients.
- Drink approximately half your body weight in ounces of pure, clean water that does not contain chlorine or fluoride.
- Eat a cultured or fermented food every day, as they contain beneficial bacteria (probiotics), necessary for a healthy digestive system. Some examples include yogurt, kefir, refrigerated sauerkraut (not canned), refrigerated pickles (unpasteurized), miso, aged cheese, and kombucha, to name a few.
- Eat slowly and intentionally. Listen to your body’s signals that tell you when you are full. No awards for “clean plate club” eating.
- Recognize your biochemical individuality. The right ratio of protein, fat and carbohydrates for you may be different for someone else.
- Make sure that the carbohydrates you eat are as unrefined and unprocessed as possible, to avoid unhealthy blood sugar spikes.
- Always remember that YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! Make healthy choices for a healthy body.