THE SWEET DEVIL-SUGAR!

Sugar has many names

Sugar has many names

Hey Everyone,

Since it is Valentine’s week I thought this would be appropriate. Eat sugar with caution!

Sugar. It’s everywhere. We all know that we should eat less of it, yet each year the average American consumes more. It is a drug, a dangerous addictive drug. I know it sounds crazy to refer to it as such, but all the science says that is the fact. There is so much science behind sugar and how horribly it affects the body. I am going to spare you all of that :).

I will share with you some of the things sugar causes…this is from an article on NaturalNews.com:

Nancy Appleton, PhD, clinical nutritionist, has compiled a list of 146 reasons on ‘how sugar is ruining your health’ in her book Lick the Sugar Habit. Here are some of them:

* Sugar can decrease growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)

* Sugar feeds cancer

* Sugar increases cholesterol

* Sugar can weaken eyesight

* Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children

* Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein

* Sugar causes food allergies

* Sugar contributes to diabetes

* Sugar can contribute to eczema in children

* Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease

* Sugar can impair the structure of DNA

* Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children

* Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)

* Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)

* Sugar contributes to osteoporosis
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022692_sugar_xylitol_stevia.html#ixzz2K5Qlcjfs

Looks harmless, but acts dangerous

Looks harmless, but acts dangerous

And that is the tip of the ice berg!! This is the first time humans have ever had this type of access to sugar. Not only do we have 24hr access to sugar, but we have added a bunch of chemical sweeteners and sugar alcohols to the mix, no wonder our bodies are reacting the way they do! While my highest recommendation is to kick sugar all together, I know that for most of us that isn’t going to happen permanently, and that is okay. So my next suggestion is to quit sugar for a little while and then add only the most natural sugar back on an occasional basis. The way I did this was with The 21 Day Sugar Detox (http://the21daysugardetox.com/). This is a great way to rid your body of cravings and press restart on your metabolism, energy, mood, and more!! 21 days, 3 weeks! Once the detox is through I recommend keeping the sugar minimal.

There are only 3 kinds of sugar that I use in my home (other than fruit sugar).

1. Maple Syrup: has fewer calories than cane sugar, no reduction, processing, or removal of anything, contains manganese and zinc, antioxidants that support the immune system and the male reproductive system and helps prevent damage to the heart. It can settle digestion issues, aid in muscle recovery, and contains iron, calcium, and potassium.

2. Raw Honey: When I say raw honey I am not referring to the runny stuff in the plastic bear we all know, raw honey is thick I like this brand http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_raw_honey.htm. Honey is rich with vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 as well as vitamin C are found in honey. It also contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, sulphur, zinc and phosphate. Honey can boost energy, supports good bacteria, has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, slows aging, and like a hundred other awesome benefits! Honey should also be a staple in your skin routine, first aid kit, and medicine cabinet.

3. Coconut Palm Sugar: Has high amounts of micronutrients and has a naturally low glycemic index which refers to how it affects blood sugar. You can sub coconut palm sugar at a 1:1 ratio to sugar/brown sugar and it tastes amazing!!

As far as fruit goes, it is still something that should be eaten sparingly, and seasonally (when that fruit is naturally ripe). We use bananas to sweeten a lot of our baked goods, or unsweetened apple sauce, and sometimes we use dates. But these are all sometimes foods and not daily foods!

I hope you will all give the 21 Day Sugar Detox a go!! It is a straight forward program that tells you what you can and can’t eat, and also gives lots of recipes (even dessert recipes)! I plan to do the program a few times a year just for maintenance (doesn’t hurt that I always lose weight when I do it). There are several sites that have 21DSD compliant recipes to keep it interesting!

Sugar is a beast that we will all fight for the rest of our lives. Now is the time to take control and reset your cravings!

EAT WITH CAUTION

EAT WITH CAUTION

Great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

Thanks for reading my blog,

Jennifer Buckles

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