Many of us grew up on Kool-Aid, Pop Tarts, Fruit Roll Ups, Skittles, dry Cap’n Crunch, Nestle Quik chocolate milk, and Little Debbie’s, yes?
I did. And I’m still alive with some remaining immune system damage.
Sure, there was sweet corn, carrots, tomatoes and iceberg lettuce to round it out and we were only allowed soda on Friday movie nights, but I grew up with a lot of sugar. A LOT.
Let’s talk about why low to no sugar is a
good great idea.
No matter how hard we work on kicking the sugar habit, it easily disguises itself so we may not recognize the exposure until it’s too late.
Yesterday when I saw my own Nutrition Response Testing practitioner, I learned that I’m not tolerating fruit sugar. It’s never bothered me before, AND I’m experiencing fatigue and puffiness that I can’t explain. When something’s up, I too, see a practitioner. Who’s going to take care of me whilst I take care of you?
So I’m a wee bit sad that my frozen berry smoothie is gone for now, and I will replace it with other goodies to get my daily smoothie in sans fruit sugars.
A few things to think about…
1–Sugar and grain equals pain.
Did you know when your body eats grains (so, your cereal, bread, rice and pasta) it converts to glucose?
You might ask, What’s Glucose? Sugar. Glucose is sugar.
We experience pain as one result of inflammation-such as pain in joints, gastrointestinal tract, or soft tissue. Cutting out grains (and sugar) may be the way to go for you.
2–If it’s white, it ain’t right: This line gets you thinking about your white bread, white rice, cookies, cakes and white flour. These food products have a high glycemic index and catapult your blood sugar onto a G Force roller coaster spike, and you won’t feel so hot when you hit the end of the ride.
3–Do you have the habit of eating late in the evening or snack during the night? Sometimes you may eat in order to sleep at night because you don’t get enough of the right nutrients during the day and your body is trying to communicate its needs. My clients often come having complained of night sweats. This is often related to low blood sugar, which will have you rummaging around the refrigerator like a hungry bear in the night.
4–Balance your blood sugar levels at all times with protein, healthy fat and colorful carbs, i.e., vegetables and eating every 3 hours of the day.
5–When we consistently abuse ourselves with poor refined food choices, we might not see the symptoms under 20-30 years AFTER the damage has been done folks. Think about what that means-your children will off to college, you’ll be wanting to travel and enjoy life and you will be stuck feeling crappy and shaky and irritable. Either that or you’ll have cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
6–Sugar damages the cell lining of the gut and another incredibly easy way we get an excess is via drinking our sugars. This is the sugar in our coffee, the corn syrup or sugar in our sodas, in the alcohol we consume and in commercial smoothies and juices.