Why the Sugar Monster Should Scare YOU!

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Do you ever feel like you have a sugar monster inside you that you constantly have to feed with more and more sugary foods like candy, soft drinks, chocolate, cookies, pasta and even bread? I used to! Do you know why you feel like that?  What the sugar monster does to you should really, really scare YOU!

Why The Sugar Monster Should Scare YOU! Sugar is natural, right?  So isn’t it REAL FOOD? 

Refined sugar is the product that occurs during the purification process of removing impurities and colours found in the raw sugar.  This white, pure sugar is known as pure sucrose or what we know as table sugar.  There are many types of refined sugars such as granulated sugar, sanding sugar, super refined sugar and powdered sugar.

Have you ever read a nutritional label on foods?

I suggest you start and see just how many grams of sugar are in what you’re eating.  Divide that number by 4 and that is how many teaspoons of pure sugar you’re consuming!  You’re going to be shocked and scared at the amount of sugar you are consuming daily and what foods have sugar in them that really shouldn’t!

What happens when I eat too much sugar? Why does sugar make you fat when there isn’t fat in it?

When you eat foods with high sugar content, your liver’s sugar storage capacity is exceeded.  Your liver converts this excess sugar into fatty acids: FAT!  It’s returned to the bloodstream and is stored as fat in your fat cells in all areas including the stomach, hips, butt and breasts. Once these areas are full, the fatty acids begin to deposit in other organs such as your heart, liver and kidneys.  This results in your organ’s abilities decreasing and your metabolism and immune system decreasing as well.

I know you’ve heard that sugar raises insulin levels.  When you ingest what would be considered a “simple” carbohydrate such as fruit juice, white bread, most “wheat” bread (basically white bread with a little extra fiber), white rice, baked white potato, bagels, croissants, pretzels, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, waffles, corn chips, cornflakes, cake, jelly beans, sugary drinks, Gatorade, beer, and anything that has high fructose corn syrup on the nutritional label, your blood sugars will rise up.  Your pancreas releases a bunch of insulin to clear the sugar from the blood in your cells.   As the blood sugar levels go down, the insulin levels go back to normal.  When you eat a lot of sugar, you’re constantly calling for insulin and over time, it takes more insulin to do the job.  You become an insulin-dependent diabetic when your pancreas can no longer respond.  The body’s fat burning process is shut down so that the sugar that has been ingested can be immediately used for energy.  Insulin takes all that sugar and puts it into your muscles and as soon as the muscles energy stores are full, the excess sugars are converted to fat and stored on our waistline.  As the feedback mechanism that tells the body to stop producing insulin is delayed, the blood sugar levels fall even lower.  This causes:

1) An immediate increase in appetite, which usually results in eating more food; Sugar, unlike fat or other foods, creates an insatiable desire to carry on eating and is why we are addicted!  There really is a sugar monster inside you saying feed me more SUGAR!

2) The production of a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol triggers the release of stored sugar from the liver to bring blood sugar levels back up, which, combined with the meal you eat from your appetite increase, begins the entire “fat storage, metabolic decrease” process over again.  Yes, stress can make you gain weight!

3) The excessive cortisol that accumulates in the body eventually distresses your hormonal system and results in other problems, including a further decrease in metabolism, obesity, depression, allergies, immune weakness, chronic fatigue syndrome and other serious side effects.

Are you scared yet?

Do you want to motivate yourself to make changes to give up sugar, begin eating REAL FOOD and lose weight? Are you stuck and just don’t know how to get started? At Sandra Butler Coaching, we can help you get start with any project with our Solution Focused Coaching!  You can start to make these changes by learning all about real food  in my e-book “5 Easy Steps to Eating REAL FOOD!”

What type of sugar should I avoid?

Whether it is white table sugar, raw sugar, high fructose sugar or maple syrup they are all sugars. You should stay away from processed and packaged foods as much as possible because they are highly likely to include artificial sweeteners (which basically have a similar effect as sugar), as well as simple and refined sugars.

Keep your eye out for ingredients that include sucrose, maltose, dextrose, fructose, galactose, glucose, arabinose, ribose, xylose, deoxyribose, lactose, and other fake names for sugars. Even “healthy” juice and many health food products will need to be avoided if they contain high levels of added sugar.  Check the nutritional label!  You’ll be surprised what has sugar in it that really shouldn’t!  For a complete guide on how to quit sugar, check out my friend and fellow blogger, Tina Yelle’s FREE 7 page guide to “Quit Sugar”!

What should I eat?

Here is a list of carbohydrates that do not trigger such a strong insulin response and instead provide long-term, stabilized energy: apples, oranges, pears, plums, grapes, bananas (not overly ripened), grapefruit, oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat spaghetti, whole-wheat pasta, bran cereal, barley, bulgur, basmati, and other whole grains, beans, peas (especially chick and black-eyed), lentils, whole corn, sweet potatoes and yams.

When using sugar in recipes use in moderation.  Honey and maple syrup as sweeteners are two of the least processed “sugars” and they also have slightly more nutrients than highly refined sweeteners.

Here is a sweet treat full of REAL FOOD alternatives.  Eat in moderation!

Sandra's MMmm Muffins
 
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A sweet treat full of REAL FOOD ingredients!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup extra-vigin olive oil
  • ½ cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 2 cups zucchini or carrots
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins, divided
  • ¼ cup pistachios or pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line muffin cups with liners.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the first five ingredients.
  4. In another bowl, grate 1 tsp orange zest and squeeze ¼ cup juice.
  5. Whisk in the sugar, egg whites, oil, and yogurt or sour cream.
  6. Stir into the four mixture just until moistened
  7. Fold in zucchini or carrots and 1 ½ cups cranberries.
  8. Divide batter among muffin cups. Top with pistachios or pumpkin seeds and remaining cranberries.
  9. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean (20-25 minutes).
  10. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  11. Take out of the mold and cool completely on rack.

 

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About Sandra

In a previous life, Sandra was an adult educator, counsellor and trainer. While running a successful direct marketing business she became passionate about business, social media and coaching. She strives everyday for a life full of health, wellness, adventure, passion and purpose!

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