THE SWEET LIFE

THE SWEET LIFE

November 2013

The hot topic in medicine and complementary health care circles is inflammation. There is considered opinion that the source of all dis – ease is inflammation. In understanding the causes inflammation, we become one step closer to inhibiting the development of many chronic conditions.

The answer appears to be sugar. Sugar – glorious, creative, productive ( it fuels our body), destructive, fat producing, cell destroying, “glycating” sugar. Sugar in it’s most base form, “glucose” is the essential driver and fuel for our bodies. We require 7-8 teaspoons of sugar per day, to perform at maximum capacity. The average North American consumes….37 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR per day. This phenomena is destroying our health, creating silent inflammation and killing us;  slow death through the wonderful term “GLYCATION OF THE FLESH.” In essence – sugar is eating us to death. We are eating it and it in turns eats us.

It is time to put into place strategies to reverse this trend. Our number one weapon in the fight against sugar is FIBRE.   The simplest way to think about it is, that Fibre is our friend – it modulates the sugar; it balances blood sugars and stops your brain from thinking it is starving. As a species, with our processed diets and fast foods we are limited in our fibre intake. Fibre is found in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts.

Fiber helps you lose weight, and here’s why. “It fills your belly, it acts like a sponge, it’s slower to be digested and absorbed, so it makes you feel full,” says WebMD Weight Loss Clinic Dietitian Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD. “It also provides bulk, which aids elimination, and it helps lower blood cholesterol.”

WE NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF OUR SUGARS AND FIBRE INTAKE. This  is one of the secrets to longevity and good health.

Your daily intake of sugar tspoons = ( # of CARBS – FIBRE GRAMS) divided by (5) Therefore One slice of high fibre bread at 20 carbs, with 5 grams of fibre would have 3 tspns of sugar.

Try it for one week. Discover how much sugar your body is taking in and think about what choices you can make to change it. Be realistic and create strategies that really work for you. Take the first step.

 

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