Tips to Reduce Sugar

Tips to Reduce Sugar

I have been on a low-sugar diet for health reasons for several months now. One of the things that I have learned is that it is not a quick fix! It is not an easy lifestyle, and the decision to go “Sugar Free” can be quite daunting. Sugar comes in many forms and that’s what makes it hard when you are trying to QUIT SUGAR! You not only have to be aware of the 56 names of sugar, but you also need to be aware of those highly processed foods that are made from white flour and enriched whole wheat that quickly turn to sugar and cause you to crave more of the white stuff! This article is going to give you 10 tips to reduce sugar in your diet. Sugar and AGE-ing Last month you learned about AGE’s and how those sugar proteins prevent nutrients from exiting the blood stream and end up causing inflammation. In many people over time, this begins a process called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance ultimately leads to full blown diabetes or other health related issues. Our modern food system is set up around sugar, and seduces us all along the way because we have become emotionally and physically attached to those foods with sugar or those that quickly turn to sugar. These are known as the “feel good foods!” Learning the difference between enhancing and depleting options takes time and energy. A granola bar, which I once thought was a “healthy food,” can actually have more sugar in it, or ingredients that quickly turn to sugar, than a piece of dark chocolate. The Crave... read more
Staying Healthy for the Holidays

Staying Healthy for the Holidays

For many people, the holidays bring out family’s typical reactions. It feels as though no matter how happy or successful you are in your life, somehow your family has a different agenda—as in the cartoon below. Welcome to the underside of being with your parents and other family members during the holiday season—which now seems to start earlier and earlier.  This long part of the year can bring out the best—and worst in you.  You get cranky, stressed and defensive, and you can even feel a bit lonelier. After all, Thanksgiving is not far away, and soon, the Christmas and other holiday decorations and those special deals will be everywhere.  And then there is New Year’s Eve…and then Valentine’s Day. No wonder the time span before Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day often sparks mental and physical health issues. For many people, it gets dark earlier, the skies are grey more often, and the cold weather, with its’ ice and snow puts a shadow on your mood. You are tempted to eat too much, to exercise too little, to feel disappointed with your interactions with your parents and family, and to either avoid leaving your heart open to love or to rush into love to fix your mood. Oh no, again. So, I am offering tested and trusted advice to help you staying healthy for the holidays and to manage the most common love and life problems that the holiday season tends to bring into focus.  These tips come from my five year research with thousands of women and from my lifelong private practice with more than 10,000 people. 1. Taking... read more
Homemade Sugar Free Energy Bars

Homemade Sugar Free Energy Bars

Energy bars you can make at Home Industry expert Amy Slater helps us better understand the food we eat and a favorite receipt for sugar free energy bars.  Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and is a certified personal trainer and Fellow in Applied Functional Science.  She is a busy mother of 4 whose mission is to help others find freedom through movement.   What are You Really Eating? Let’s face it.  Life is busy!  Many look to supplements for nutrition in the form of energy bars, shakes or smoothies. Did you know not all supplements are created equal, yet often come with a big price tag and big promises. Energy bars and meal replacement shakes can be up to $5 or more per item (a little less when purchased in bulk).  One of the major problems with portable nutrition is ingredient quality. What are you truly eating? Have you read the ingredient label on your favorite supplements? Do you know what those ingredients mean? Unnaturally Fast Aging This article focuses on one major ingredient that is causing havoc in our country…sugar.  Food labels have gotten sneaky, using 56 other names for sugar. Some of the most common: Evaporated cane juice Corn syrup Fructose Muscovato Succant Brown rice syrup Maltose Maltodextrin Malt and others Sugar is in nearly every food product on the market! Sugar is linked to many negative health consequences.  Today we talk about glycation and how over consumption of sugar causes unnaturally fast aging. The process by which sugar sticks to stuff is called glycation.  Glycation reactions are reversible, but with enough heat or time,... read more