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Just a quick note to say “Hi” to all the new subscribers to my newsletter. I am very grateful for your interest and look forward to providing you with information and services that can improve your life in many ways. Thank you, Karolyn Sugar Sabotage: One of the most destructive dietary habits in a person’s life is the consumption of sugar! Sugar is not perceived as a threat because we are brainwashed by marketing gurus that it is a normal part of our diet.
We should be eating to supply our body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients to support optimal health. Food that tastes good should be a byproduct of our careful preparation and not the product of high sugar content. Not monitoring your sugar intake leads to a whole chain of events that impairs your overall health. Food loaded with refined sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) does not serve our bodies well and actually blocks absorption of some nutrients.
Vitamin C is absorbed via the same pathway as sugar and can be blocked by a high sugar diet. Conversely, an orange which contains vitamin c and sugar provides a synergistic route of absorption and both are absorbed well because of the grand design of foods in their natural state. The only way we were ever meant to ingest sugar is through whole fruits, vegetables and grains. Our bodies organs were designed for this but not the quick burst of energy provided by refined sugars and carbohydrates.
This stresses our entire system and specifically the pancreas, adrenals and digestive system. Sugar also is a major cause of inflammation in our body. Evidence of this inflammation is seen as obesity, heart disease, increased cholesterol, a rise in triglycerides, arthritis, emphysema and cancers. Excessive sugar consumption is seen in the brain as symptoms such as depression, alzheimer’s disease, weakened eyesight, headaches and migraines.
These symptoms all lead up to the more devastating and usually lifelong chronic sugar related diseases as hypoglycemia and diabetes. These both can be cured if a raw, whole foods lifestyle is adopted by a person but it usually takes a 180 in thought for someone to completely change the habits that have gotten them here in the first place. I thought this is a timely topic since the holidays are upon us and for many this means a 5-10 lb. weight gain over the course of the next month and a half, much of which can be blamed on our increased sugar consumption over the holidays.
To combat this syndrome, deprivation is not necessary, but some mental organization is wise. For some, the next month is a constant party. If you have 1, 2 or even 3 parties each weekend. To prevent the extra weight gain, think portion control.
Have dinner, dessert and a cocktail but cut down. If you have more than one party a day or weekend, have dinner at one, dessert at another and a cocktail at another. Eating hors d’oeuvres that are higher in protein and nutrients might be a better idea than packing in the sugary treats. People usually have a cheese platter, fruit or cru d’états with veggies and a dip, a perfect alternative to cookies, cake and many drinks, all with high sugar contents and empty calories.
Buzz kill, you say, not at all. Stepping on the scale on January 1, will be a bigger buzz kill if you go for broke! Healthy Holiday Primary Food: Holiday get togethers can be a great source of primary food, but many of us don’t allow that and regard them as a time for confrontation with family members. First let me explain what primary food is.
It is all the other nutrition that life provides us without the eating. For instance, a fulfilling career, loving relationships including spouses, family members and friends, hobbies, and spirituality can all add to our optimum life and health if they are inspiring and fulfilling. So this year when the relatives start with the habits that irk you, embrace their idiosyncrasies’ and cherish their presence. Life is so short and we should appreciate the ones we love and the few times we get to see them.
Let the dysfunction be a way to see that we are all individuals and if not for individuality, life would be boring. Think about it, what if we were all perfect according to our own model? 10 minutes of that and we would be looking for some more alcohol! Food in Fashion: If you are eating seasonally, you have already realized that it is time to eat the tiny but mighty Brussels sprouts.
Each Brussels sprouts might be small but is a powerhouse of nutrition. They are very high in vitamin A, C, K, folate and manganese and have over 10% of the RDA in 14 other vitamins and minerals. They also top the cruciferous family in the cancer protective compound, glucosinolate and include 4 different glucosinolates which are: sinigrin, gluconasturtiian, glucobrassicin, and glucoraphanin. According to research, this specific combination provides special cancer protective attributes.
Brussels sprouts also serve to lower cholesterol, which is amplified when they are steamed. Melt butter (or use optional oils) and sauté onions until they are clear or slightly brown. After steaming Brussels sprouts, cut in half and add to pan along with pine nuts and salt and pepper to taste. This can be made ahead of time for Thanksgiving or Christmas as it is easy to reheat.
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We also provide Lunch and Learn Seminars, corporate health seminars or teleseminars on a wide variety of health topics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please go to my website, www. paradigmsofhealth.com or email me at Karolyn@paradigmsofhealth.com or call 508-529-6895. To get your copy of the FREE eBook: Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness, please go to www.
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