Friday, December 09, 2011
Dr. Weil and I are on the same page. (Won't he be thrilled to hear I agree with him? LOL) In an article on his site he says:
"Reduce the amount of sugar and flour that you eat. Recent evidence indicates that added sugar - in the form of table sugar (sucrose) or high-fructose corn syrup - is probably a greater contributor to heart disease than is saturated fat. In fact, certain components of full-fat dairy foods may be cardio-protective. As a general rule, don't consume foods with added sugars. In particular, don't consume soft drinks, which, because they contain no fiber to slow metabolism, cause rapid spikes and dips in blood sugar levels. The result can be overeating, obesity and heart disease."
Iíve been focusing for some time on sugar and starch, simply because my body tells me that while these taste really good and are fun to eat, they donít leave me feeling so good later. Dull, sluggish, heavy and WANTING MORE. They induce CRAVINGS in me. So I have been trying to replace sugar and starch with vegetables whenever I can. See my blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
I admire Dr. Weil because he is an educated man, an expert in his field, yet he keeps an open mind and really looks into research that other ďexpertsĒ with more dogmatic outlooks will ignore.
I read a lot in books and on the web. Some of it is pretty flaky, some I take with a grain of salt and some I ignore altogether. If I can safely test it on my body, say by changing my eating habits a little, I do. So I can wholeheartedly agree that starch and sugar are dangerous to my health. They are definitely the two bad boys in my diet.
WOUBBIE added this link down in the comments. Making it live:
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I wanted to title this blog, Confessions of a Sugar Addict, but alas, I'm too ashamed to confess, lol.
I do NOT want to tell you how much pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, homemade fudge and ice cream I've eaten lately. Sorry, No confessions.
I do want to share this article (link above) from Web MD titled SUGAR SHOCKERS, written by a Registered Dietitian, to help make us all more aware of the sugar in our diet. Be sure to go all the way to the last page and see the grams of sugar in what we think of as "healthier" products!
So, that's all I'm gonna do, today.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Now donít get me wrong. Iím not about to give up food anytime soon! But once or twice a month I fast as a spiritual thing, sort of an aid to meditation and prayer and Calmness, letís say.
I NEVER fast more than 24 hours. Usually the last bite of food goes in my mouth at 6:00 pm and not another one enters my mouth until 6:00 pm the next day. (You didnít think I was going to miss dinner, did you? LOL)
So once I tried this a time or two, I began to notice that I feel so happy, so light and buoyant, mentally and physically. I just feel GOOD.
I believe in listening to my body. It certainly has something to say when I stuff it with pasta, pizza, pastry and ice cream, lol. I hear it loud and clear then, and even though I enjoy the actual devouring of that stuff, my body tells me, after Iím done, that itís not very happy. Sometimes it is still telling me that the next day, lol.
But when I fast for this short period of time, my body is wearing a big smile, no doubt about it.
Just wondering what everyone else thinks about this. Have YOU ever tried a short fast?
PS Ė When I do this fast, I drink lots of water, as always, and I drink a cup of coffee when I get up. That one cup of coffee is my vice and Iím not ever giving it up, lol.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
I'm going to make this really simple.
Go to your pantry and pick up 3 or 4 canned items. I just picked up a Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup, Ranch Style Pinto Beans, Amy's OrganicTomato Bisque Soup, Del Monte Summer Crisp Corn..
Look at the labels on Your items. Labels in the US are uniform, per standards set by the FDA.
On the label of any item, you'll see Total Carbohydrates - Under that Dietary Fiber - Under that SUGARS. These are PER Serving.
Cream of Chicken Soup - 1 gm
Pinto Beans 1 gm
Corn 4 gms
Amy's Soup 14 gms!
None of these items are "sweets". All of these items have SUGARS. We don't have to agonize over dextrose, sucrose or glucose, or if all carbs have sugars or not. What I'm looking for is right there in the little box labled SUGARS.
SP Nutrition Info knows this too. Any item here includes SUGARS. You can see that when you look at the Nutrition Info for each item. It's listed just like the labels on products. But when you add the item to a meal, the SUGARS are no where to be found in any summary on the tracker page.
Thank you all so much for worrying over my frustration. I'm going to stop now because I can't believe how many people don't understand this simple problem on SP.
It's really a technical problem about the way SP transfers data from its Nutrition Info and puts it on your Tracker page.
All the info is there. SP knows it. The computer knows it. WE know it when we read the Nutrition Data of each item.
ALL I WANT IS FOR THAT LITTLE BOX LABELED "SUGARS" TO BE TOTALLED ON MY TRACKER.
This is the last I'll say on the subject of trying to track the SUGAR in my diet.
I guess I just thought that a site that focuses on Health and Fitness would give us a Food Tracker that includes grams of sugar in our diet.
I love all things SPARK! It's the best site around. But I still think it's important to track sugars. I'll just continue to add it up on an old piece of paper at the end of every day, since my Tracker won't calculate it.
Have a wonderful week and Watch those grams of sugar!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
After gathering comments from SP members about this topic, I am better able to summarize my issue:
IF AN INGREDIENT IS ON THE SP "NUTRITION INFO" FOR A FOOD ITEM, IT SHOULD SURELY BE TRACKABLE ON THE SP NUTRITION DAILY LOG.
Really, it's a simple matter of transfer of data. The data is there in the nutritional info of each food item. It needs to be transferred to the daily food tracker when we add the item to our meal.
Look up an apple. Look at nutritional info. See the entry for SUGAR.
That info just needs to be transferred to the daily food tracker when we add the apple to our meal.
The protein info is added.
The fat info is added.
Why not the sugar info?
I've been reading about nutrition a lot lately and one area of focus is SUGAR. We do seem to love it, don't we?
I read that eating sugar stimulates the same area in the brain that is stimulated by cocaine, heroin and nicotine. Scary, hmmm? Also, eating sugar makes us want more sugar. The more we eat, the more we want, just like those other substances that are not good for your health.
There is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for sugar. No one has ever said to you, "You need more sugar in your diet", have they? However, I think if we are on a journey to optimal health, we might want to know how much sugar we are really eating, don't you think?
This link just gives the sugar breakdown for a few fruits. It doesn't mention fiber or pectin or any of the other really good things in fruit, but it does give you an idea of the amount of sugar.
I think we all realize that many canned and frozen items contain sugar, even the ones we don't think of as "sweets". So you look at frozen dinners and canned veggies, etc. and check the labels for the grams of sugar inside.
This is all leading up to my QUESTION:
Why doesn't Spark People's nutrition log track grams of sugar? I found that I can add "sucrose" to the nutrients I want to track, but that is only one type of sugar, and after adding it to my list of items to track, I added 10 cups of various fruits to My Nutrition log for today (just to get an idea of the nutrients in various fruits) and only 1 gram of Sucrose showed up. I also found fructose and dextrose but still, there is no TOTAL for SUGAR, even though sugar grams are calculated when you look at the individual nutrition breakdown for each fruit.
When I look at the nutritional info on one medium apple, the SP NUTRITIONAL INFO says there is a little over 13 grams of sugar in it, but I can't seem to track that on my TOTALS for the day. What am I missing?
x This link talks about sugar and that we shouldn't get more than 10% of our calories from it in any given day. (About 50 gms in a 2000 calorie diet.)
Sugar is important. I personally believe it doesn't add anything healthy to our diet and we need to try hard to avoid it because itís like ingesting slow acting poison. (Not that Iím always able to practice what I preach, but thatís my goal, lol.) I just want to know how to easily track the total on my nutrition report. I think it would be an eye opener, just like when you first began tracking calories and were so AMAZED at how much you were eating.
Anyone have the answer?
Do YOU track the amount of sugar you eat each day?
Karen, trying to be sugar-free.
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