12Nov/113

Sugar

I wrote a few weeks ago about the benefits of not eating too much sugar. And I am learning more and more as I keep coming back to this subject. Sugar actually is plain BAD for you - no sugar has never killed anyone. And if you start looking at it more - you will find that sugar seems to be in all these things that you just load in your supermarket basket thinking they are HEALTHY! Take beans in tomato sauce (ok, you may never have loaded that in your basket, but I own up to liking them) - sugar, peanut butter? - sugar big time, yoghurts - sugar!! - everything has sugar in it - heaps of it in some cases.

I like sugar, like most of us, and it was hard even thinking about diminishing the amount of sugar I took (1 in my coffee, doesn't seem like much right? Until you drink 3 cups a day, then it's three spoon fulls already)..so I decided to go cold turkey. And you know what, it's actually not that bad. Instead of putting a tablespoon full of honey in my oatmeal, I now add cinnamon and cook a few pieces of apple along with the oatmeal. Or I slice a banana on top. In (plain) yoghurt, I add berries and so you can find replacements if you want to.. for the coffee, that was my hardest one. Instead of sugar I tried Stevia, the closest lo-cal real sugar replacement you can find (don't go for the artificial ones, they have a bunch of other issues with them - Stevia is much healthier and more natural) ...but I still didn't like the flavor of it. So I just decided black is the new sweet...no more sugar or anything else in my coffee. Took me a week and now I don't even notice...

So - go try it, it shaves 100's of calories of your diet, but more importantly - it will give you better skin, better healing and recovery (sugar slows down cell recovery!) and a longer life if you are consistent....not bad for missing out on a few snacks.

 

 

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  1. Hi Marion, I do agree it’s more healthy to ban sugar. Since June, I followed the Dukan-diet in order to loose some weight. It’s a four stage diet which, during the first 2 stages only allows food consisting of proteins combined with specific vegetables and lots of water. No sugar, no carbs, no fat.

    The weight loss was amazing, and I wasn’t hungry at all. I could easily cope with the absence of sugar.
    Funny thing now however is the fact that since I’m allowed to add a bit of sugar and carbs (I am in the third phase of the diet) I feel like a total sugar junk! I have a desperate need for sugar which I never had before I started this diet.

    I used to eat a lot of pasta and rice and potatoes before I started this diet so I expected a challenge in that area (once the diet would allow me to eat little bits of carbs), but no.

    I wonder wether it’s common knowledge: once you’ve stopped eating sugar you should stay away from it for ever to avoid the crave I’m currently experiencing.

    bye

  2. Dear Marion and Wilma,
    I read your posts with interest. I think the sugar cravings are, again, an expression of individual needs and possible conditions that could be going on within your own bodies. While some may be able to add back some sugar, others may not.
    While this is not the place to give individual counsel, some understanding of what might be going on in the body might help. Sugar “cravings” may be a signal of yeast or bacterial overgrowth in the gut. Those “yeasties” love their sugar and when completely deprived calm down and the “good bacteria” in your gut can begin to help rebalance the natural flora of the gut. Then, when given a bit of sugar, they start to “scream out” for more, more, more! The cravings can be overwhelming as we all know to well. Also, there could be hormone imbalance due to lack of good fat in the diet (as in the no fat diet.) This can be equally distressing and uncomfortable.
    The point I am trying to make is that no one thing fits all. We are at a time in history when “individualized” medicine is possible and needed. Our genes make a difference. The genes we choose to express or “turn on” by the foods we eat and the stress we have in our lives make a difference. Our age and any medical conditions we may be dealing with can make a difference.
    Does this make sense to you? Have I shed any light on this subject?
    Constance Henderson, PhD
    Integrative Nutrition Educator and Coach
    Berkeley, CA

  3. Hi, thanks a lot for your comment Constance! It made a lot of sense to me. Of course I was wondering whether the dramatic change in eating habits of the last few months were causing my anxiety for sugar. I guess the only solution is to stay away from it for at least the time my good bacteria need to rebalance my flora.

    I’m very happy with your response because at least now I know what’s causing it. I will get rid of my giant bag of M&M’s :-)


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