Changing The Way You Eat
1. Sugar Makes you Sick
The demonization of fats and its links to heart disease, obesity and other related diseased saw an explosion of refined sugary foods in Australia. There is now overwhelming evidence that it was actually sugar, not saturated fat that was the major offender all along. It is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia stroke and depression. It is not just empty calories. Sugar calories are deadly calories.
2. Sugar Makes you Fat
Generations of Australians have adopted the low-fat diet as we have been misled that saturated fat was the cause of obesity and weight gain. Since then, overwhelming evidence has shown that it wasn’t the fat! It was the sugar. Sugar is the driving force behind the obesity epidemic. It is the main driver of weight gain. Experts say that the science and evidence could not be clearer.
3. Sugar Is Addictive
Eating sugar has a potent impact on the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by addictive drugs like cocaine or heroin. In animal studies, rats will work eight times harder to get sugar than cocaine. In fact, even more disturbing is the rats who were already addicted to cocaine, will switch to sugar as their preferred drug if given a choice. But Hey. We don’t need a rat to tell us that! Ever wondered why the known toxic effects of sugar on our health has not slowed the sugar industry? Millions of Australians are struggling to give up their cookies, cakes, ice creams and sugary drinks. We all know the feeling of getting a taste, and not knowing when to stop. As long as we keep eating sweets we want more.
4. Quitting Sugar will Improve your Health Rapidly
In a study sponsored by the National Institute of Health Scientist, they recruited 43 overweight teenagers who had one of the following: high blood sugar, high blood pressure or abnormal cholesterol. They had been getting 27 percent of their daily calories from sugar.
The researchers made one simple modification to their diet, replacing all the sweet foods, such as cakes, pastries and doughnuts, chicken teriyaki, with low sugar substitutes like starches. They kept the same number of calories! Within ten days they had lost weight, decreased blood sugar and pressure, and experienced a 62 percent reduction in all the symptoms in just ten days!
Before you get too alarmed I want to make an important differentiation
There is a difference between Sugar and Added sugar. Above I am talking primarily about Added Sugar.
This can hide in a multitude of forms.
Here are a list of things which sugar is hiding in!
- Artificial Sweeteners These are full of chemicals and make you hungrier than the sugar itself.
- Sugary beverages soft drink, most smoothies, fruit juice, nutrient waters, Powerade, and many more
- High fructose corn syrup (or any ingredient with the word syrup)
- Packaged foods with any added sugar or sweetener (think yoghurt, tomato sauce, bread, ketchup, sweets, chocolate, cakes biscuits, pastries, soups, breakfast cereals, dressing and countless others.
- Refined white sugar
- Brown sugar
- Asapartame (equal) Sucralose (Splenda) Saccharin (sweet ‘N Low)
What’s The Solution?
Truly the only long-term solution is to wean ourselves off the sugar monster. It is in everything. The best and easiest way to do this is to eat whole unprocessed foods.
This might seem overwhelming at first, but I can assure you it is not!
Here are four things that you can do today to start you off on decreasing and eventually eliminating added sugar from your diet.
- Eat Vegetables
Instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, focus on what you can! You can have unlimited amount of vegetables. Heap your plate with fresh crispy cucumber, sweet tomato, lettuce, celery, coriander cauliflower, broccoli. The list goes on! And you can eat it all! If it is whole than you can have it! Learn to steam, stir fry, make creative salads, and dress everything up with herbs, spices and good quality extra virgin olive oil.
- Eat your fruit whole
There is a misconception that fruit juice is healthy. It is actually a massive concentrated sugar hit without the fibre. In fact, a glass of apple juice has nearly as much sugar as a can of coke. So eat your fruit whole! Skin and all.
- Eat Good Fats
Good fats will add flavour to your food and help to keep you satiated. It will help keep those sweet cravings at bay. Eat avocado, nuts, seeds, and add good oils to your salads such as extra virgin olive oil. Cook with extra virgin coconut oil. You will find your cravings will decrease if you eat some nutritious healthy fats.
- Do your own research!
What if I am lying to you? Perhaps I am exaggerating! Best you find out for yourself. I think ‘That Sugar Film” is a great documentary to watch to get you started. Then start doing your own research. The more you learn, the more motivated you will be.
Feeding our bodies toxic sugary poison is not reigning in life. It just isn’t.
Truly to Reign in life is to nourish your body with wholesome nutrition. It is not to feed it toxins, hidden in foods, which are addictive and slowly destroying our bodies.
I exhort you. DO some research. Watch that film.
My desire is to start the conversation. Spark your interest. Motivate you to try some introducing some changes.
“Remember with change: The beginning is hard, the middle is messy, but the end is beautiful.” – Robin Sharma
Pick something and make a change today.
Until next week
You are deeply loved and richly cherished.
Own Your Health
Wink: Prior to quitting sugar, I was dining at one of the fanciest restaurants on the Gold Coast. I was so addicted to that sweet taste that as I ate my perfectly prepared salmon which cost enough to buy a small yacht, all I could think was, I wish I had some Smokey BBQ Sauce.