This will be my first post of 2018!! That sounds crazy to say. Now that all the excitement of the holidays are over it's time to get down to business.
Everyone has been talking about the new year coming and how it is a time for change and new commitments. Start fresh. Most everyone has losing weight or getting healthy on their new year resolution list. Lots of folks focus on the exercise part. Eating healthy is an after thought and it seems to be the hardest part but, most important to do.
When we look at the way we eat each and everyday we see a lot of sugar being consumed. Sodas and energy drinks flow freely. Diet cokes are just as popular but, just as bad for you. Cookies, sugary snacks and even the fruit drinks we think are healthy really aren’t. With all this confusion about what to eat no wonder it is hard to find a happy medium. Today I am going to talk added sugar and what it does to your body. Maybe consider changing a few things. Most will say “I have eaten that my whole life” but, think of the situation you are in now. Are you over weight, healthy issues, even as simple as having trouble sleeping? This could be a sign you need to make a few changes.
Let’s talk the science of sugar first. Glucose is found in every living cell on the earth. If it doesn’t come from our food, we make it. Fructose on the other hand comes from our food only. Fructose goes through the liver only. If the liver is full and doesn’t need it well than the liver turns it into fat and it sits in the liver. This leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Glucose can go into the blood stream if the liver is full. Excess fructose can cause a ton of other problems. Increase blood pressure, which will affect the heart and your brain and cells will suffer as well.
Sugar primes your body for diabetes. Added sugar cause excess insulin in the blood stream. Chronic high insulin levels cause the smooth muscle cells around each blood vessel to grow faster then normal. This ultimately leads to a stroke or heart attack.
Sugar put pressure on every part of your body. It is linked to asthma, allergies, inflammation in joints. So, if your bones are aching it could be more then just your age. It could be what you are eating to make your knees hurt. Studies also, proves that excess sugar in the body will produce excess mucus. This will produce a runny nose and more mucus in your chest and head if you have a cold.
New studies are showing that sugar overdose (which most Americans do on the daily) that it maybe be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. It has been linked to depression and anxiety. High blood sugar levels also, been linked to inflammation in the brain which is linked to depression.
These tips may help you avoid the sugar or at least decrease the consumption of it.
To avoid the sugar first check your labels on everything you consume. You may be surprised what you will find. If added sugar is in it pick a different brand that doesn’t have as much. If you can avoid it all together then do it.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water not coffee, soda, energy drinks or teas. Drink your water. You should be getting in at least 6 to 8 glasses a day. Consuming water will help assist kidneys and colon to get rid of the waste. Also, try to avoid water at meal times the water will dilute stomach acids and may lead to poor digestion.
Protein and Good fats take longer to digest which will keep you fuller longer. Good fats are found in nuts, avocados, olives, walnuts and salmon. Good protein options are lean meats, chicken and fish.
We all need to eat more fruits and veggies. So, simply add a veggie to each meal. You can never get to much fruit and veggies. Try different veggies to find which ones you like. If you don’t like a certain one, then don’t eat it and find one you do like. Eating healthy isn’t meant to be a negative experience. Like what you eat, and you will eat it more and more often.
Meal prep is a great way to make sure you get the foods you need. If your meal is prepared for the day, then you are less likely to head to the snack machine to grab anything. Being prepared is the first step to success. I offer meal plans and in-home demos to help you understand how easy and time saving meal prep can be.
So, consider your sugar intake. Look at what you are eating. If you are feeling physically drained, then look at your food. Are you getting enough veggies and fruit? Are you drinking to many sodas and not enough water? To many sweets?
In order to take care of ourselves later in life we need to take care of ourselves now. Do it for you but, do it for your family. They need you healthy.
Take your health into your own hands. Let me help. I offer services to help you get started and make a fresh start. Meal plans, in-home demos, pantry makeovers.
I also, have a 30 day DISCOVER YOUR BADASS program that will start January 15th.
We will cover workouts, meal plans and the mindset shifts, you will need to be successful. I will show you all the tricks I have learned over the years to help you find your BADASS self and keep it.
Contact me today and we can discuss your goals. Would love to join you on your healthy life style journey.