Thursday, September 18, 2008

Is just one cookie ever enough?

On June 16th I made a momentous decision to start eating healthier. Being more accountable to eating foods that were going to give me more energy and a more positive moods. and of course like most people over the age of 30 i had 5 -10lbs to lose ;) So i did some research. I realized that i was eating a lot of sugary foods to try and get that energy i needed to get through the morning , afternoon evening. but then the inevitable crash would happen and i would once again need a boost of sugary energy. the things i thought were giving me energy were actually dragging me down lower than where i started.

So the best lifestyle for me to try and adapt to my life would be one where i get rid of all the sugar that had been dragging me down. so starting the 16th of June i have not had anything sugary up to an including today and tomorrow too. high carbohydrate foods are also off the table as they are quickly changed into sugar in the body giving the same insulin response and the rush-crash starts all over again. so most carbs are also something i have not eaten.

i have read a lot of books trying to learn about what to eat what not to eat. and most importantly why,

one book i read called sugar shock ! was a huge eye opener. i recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the effects of sugar. or anyone who is curious as to why everywhere we look now children are becoming more and more overweight. adults are tipping the scales higher than ever before. Obesity is an epidemic. A very recent epidemic in my opinion and i believe it has a lot to do with HFCS high fructose corn syrup.

HFCS


'Trying to save money, food companies introduced High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) into the food market in the 1970s. Sweetening manufactured foods this way is profitable, because it is less expensive and much sweeter than sugar, yet easy to transport because of its liquid state. Today HFCS is found in a variety of foods from soda pop to ketchup, fruit drinks to salad dressings, cereals, breads, flavored yogurt, and sauces. What is Fructose? Fructose, a monosaccharide, is sometimes called “fruit sugar” because it is naturally found in fruits. Fructose is also found in honey, and is a component of table sugar (sucrose), which is a disaccharide composed of fructose and glucose.

When we eat most carbohydrate foods, the blood sugar level increases and insulin is secreted to transport the sugar into the body’s cells. Besides helping to transport blood sugar, insulin also triggers the release of a hormone called leptin. Leptin helps control hunger by signaling the brain that the body is full and therefore to stop eating. The interesting fact about fructose is that it is metabolized in a totally different way than other carbohydrates. It does not stimulate or require insulin for transportation to the cells. Since there is no need for insulin release, there is also no secretion of leptin. Therefore the feeling of satiety is altered—you continue to eat and possible overeat"
it is recommended and i agree 100%


Whenever possible, avoid food products that contain HFCS and refined table sugar. This is not a magical cure for weight loss, but the preliminary research indicates that it may play a role. These foods often have little—if any—nutritional value.
Take inventory of your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Start reading the fool labels. If HFCS is one of the main ingredients (which are listed in descending order on the food label), scratch it off your grocery list—permanently.
Try to limit foods that have “sugar” as one of the first ingredients.
Start shopping around the perimeter of your grocery store; this is where you will find the foods in their natural, unprocessed state.
Fill your grocery cart with low fat dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, eggs, beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole grains, cereals and breads.


food for thought. calorie free

2 comments:

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Kim said...

Thanks for the info. I'll have to check my library for that book. We have a real sugar problem in our home.

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