Dangerous Delights: Are They Causing Your Sugar Intake To Spike?

Posted on July 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

Birthday cakes, Mom’s apple pie, Brownie a la mode, Girl Scout cookies, chocolate candy and even soft drinks. What do they all have in common? They  all have a high percentage of sugar.  And do they taste good? Absolutely. Are they so readily available every where we look? Absolutely. They are quick, fast, cheap and at our finger tips.  Thus, many of us get way  too much sugar. And, we might just be getting addicted to it. It’s not hard to do. But those dangerous delights are causing your sugar intake to take a big leap upwards, and that is not good for your health.

Sugar cravings is basically a term to explain that state of being where the person is not able to control his desire for sugar. He thinks about it, feels he has to have it. It can totally take over his thoughts until he gets it. Many people do not even recognize their sugar cravings for what it is. They just see it as: well, it tastes good, so I want it. The reality of it is: it’s the sugar intake that is talking to their body and wanting more, and more and more.

Think about this: when you have a steak, baked potato and salad for dinner, are you satisfied? Do you ever think of having a second one?  Probably not. It has fueled your body with the nutrients and calories it needs for energy and satisfaction.

When you have that piece of chocolate birthday cake, do you want a 2nd one?  Most of us do. Whether you go for it or not, is immaterial.  It is the wanting of it that will drive you crazy and go for it. That high sugar intake will cause your blood sugar to spike, and then plummet, and then you will look for something to bring you back up again.

There are two hormones affected by your sugar intake. They  are Adrenaline and Serotonin. Adrenalin is released whenever there is a high intensity activity. It uses a lot of energy. So you need to replenish it…and what do we reach for: more sugar. Serotonin is more of a feel good hormone. It is generally released in smaller amounts and exercise is an alternative way of getting it.

Stopping sugar cravings, by limiting your sugar intake, is important if you want to maintain safe sugar levels in your body. Excess sugar can have an adverse affect on your liver, pancreas, and overall health. I do not know of anyone who ever wanted to be a diabetic. Take small, consistent steps to reduce your sugar intake. Your body will thank you.

Nothing Sweet About Sugar

Posted on July 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

The definition and context in which the word “sweet” is used varies in the type of sentence you put it into. Like “you are so sweet” meaning you said or did a kind act. Sweet can be used to describe the smell of a fragrance, like flowers or perfume or aha taste. The big one the sense of taste that we either run from or attract us like bears to honey.

Let’s face it; a huge number of the world’s population has some form of an addiction to sugar. Though we may want to deny it, let’s fire off a few questions to clear up any misconceptions on if you have an “addiction to sugar”

Have to have something sweet every day?

Have to have a pop, soda, or soft drink every day?

Can’t have coffee or tea without sugar?

Just need a sugar fix?

I am not about to attempt to try to change or start a petition to separate the word sweet from sugar, but think about the destruction sugar has inflicted on human kind bodies. Now, that won’t be such a bad idea after all huh!

Ok, besides the immediate gratifying taste what is one good benefit for sugar consumption to the body? Take as much time as you need, do as much research as you like, but there is absolutely nothing, nada good about this stuff.

All the glucose our blood needs is meant to be pulled from the nutrients we consume in the form of carbohydrates found in the fruits and vegetables we eat, not from processed sugars.

When it comes to sugar; we use too much and be known to us sugar is found in just about everything we consume; from breads, to salads in some fast food restaurants, to dressings, sauces, to microwave meals, to cough syrups and medications. Sugar in one form or another is an ingredient found in surprising places.

Google the following “sugar in the bloodstream” and you will be awakened to a world of nothing but negative affects of sugar consumption. Sure you may not see what it is doing internally right now, but it does show up eventually on the outside. Weight gain, bad teeth, low energy, and tired broken skin are only a few symptoms of the damaging effects of what the use of sugar can do to a body.

Health studies reveal that sugar depresses the immune system, raises the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, and high blood pressure to name a few is sufficient information that should encourage us to consume less of it in our nutritional plan. Health studies conducted have proven that the consumption of sugars have been known to cause and contribute to over 20 negative affects on our health. Sugar is a huge contributor to weight gain, obesity, headaches, depression, acidic stomach, diabetes and the list goes on. So, we may not be able to 100 percent avoid all the processed sugars, but we can make the switch to cut back on our sugar intake by practicing the following

  • Get into the habit of reading labels and if sugar isn’t in sitting on the lower end of the ingredients list, don’t get it.
  • Avoid all together pop, soft drinks, and fruit juices unless you’re juicing your own.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of sweeteners like corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and pasteurized honey.
  • Consume more fresh fruit and vegetables and drink more water lots of it.

What will be the outcome? A healthier body inside and out and our organs will thank us; plus the added advantage of having more energy, feeling and looking better. So the bottom line is; let’s get into the habit of reading labels and make the decision to limit or reduce drastically the consumption of all forms of sugars from our lifestyle.

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Sugar Effects

Posted on July 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

Most people agree that sugar and starches are the most satisfying “treats” of all foods in a menu. However, these elements actually are the most prevalent cause if obesity. Fats may play somewhat of a role, but sugar “addiction” is the most insidious problem we have that undermines our good resolve toward overall health. Sugars are of course available in many forms indulging high fructose corn syrup, honey, and at least fifteen other forms which can be added to foods. It is widely known that an over abundance of sugar in the bodies system wreaks havoc upon the insulin levels, thereby often becoming the main cause of diabetes. It is also widely known that a large amount of sugar in the body causes chemistry upset leading to nearly all human systemic ailments.

A person becomes aware and dependent upon sugars and starches as they experience the syndrome of high and low mood swings. These “swings” are directly associated with the levels of serotonin in the brain. Low serotonin can become an acquired condition but sometimes genetics are an original cause often going hand in hand with obesity. The body will use most anything edible, and break it down into sugars which the body uses for energy. However, it is the additional sugar in desserts and snacks which become broken down faster and then sent to the cells. This will happen before longer acting sustaining foods can be broken down. Therefore, because simple sugars are used first by the body, we feel filled up faster and may eat less of the protein, vegetables and fruits, which give a more lasting effect; this effect often leads people to be satisfied with sugared foods, thereby causing more of a craving for these foods. This syndrome can lead to most of our major diseases. This syndrome also leads to dependence upon the sugared food which causes a short rise in blood sugar and elevated mood, then a quick drop in these levels which cause an abrupt decline in mood. People experiencing this syndrome become addicted to sugar.

Proteins, vegetables and fruits take longer to breakdown, therefore eating this menu will have a much longer sustaining power and keeps us from feeling hungry and craving the sugars. Starches such as potato, rice, peas, beans corn and grains (including alcohol) also break down nearly as fast into sugars which are utilized first by the body. Again, this leaves less time and room for the proteins, vegetables and fruits to do their part.

Breaking the sugar starch habit is very difficult for most people. This is why diets don’t work. The body never gets “detoxed” from its dependence on sugar. Only a carefully prepared and constant eating program will solve this problem. Thirty days of a proper menu devoid of sugars and starches are necessary to make a permanent change. Happily, it only takes three to four days to begin enjoying the effects. Thirty days of this plan can become permanent. People will soon find that sweet items are overly sweet and starches are unwanted.

It is totally essential to continue the practice of eliminating sugar in order to enjoy permanent weight control and optimum health throughout life. Interference of any type of stress can cause a loss of resolve and lead to breaking the habit of avoiding sugars. This may be due to the sudden loss of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is quickly replaced by sugars; and becomes nearly a biological need. In spite of the cravings caused by this need, it is possible to fend off the cravings with careful adjusted supplements of Tryptophan, an amino acid which bolsters the serotonin and produces stable mood and satisfaction. Tryptophan, found in proteins, will ease the effects of stress by boosting the serotonin without causing a need for sugar to do it. Depression, lack of sleep, irritability and cravings will disappear and the feeling of satisfaction control and general well-being, will happen. Levels of serotonin can also become increased naturally with certain herbs and foods such as amino acid rich proteins in meat, chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and eggs, and soy.

Eating a menu high in proteins, vegetables and fruit is considered the best way to keep chemical balance in the body. This way of eating automatically eliminates our need for sugar. It is interesting to realize that strictly keeping this menu also is satisfying and sustaining.The over indulgence of sugar, will create a chemical imbalance which will cause “sugar shock” and lead to disease, loss of focus and depression.

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