Saturday, December 31, 2011
I love funny signs. Some are really hillariously perplexing. Take this one indicating NO BIRDS ALLOWED. Huh? What are they going to do to the birds that show up? lol
The link below leads to 25 signs YOU may come across one day! Good luck!
Monday, December 12, 2011
After lots of reading and researching, (see my previous blogs) Iím drastically reducing the amount of STARCH and SUGAR in my diet.
My first step is cutting out the SWEETS. You know, desserts. Pies, ice cream, fudge, brownies, cake, chocolate candy, etc. etc.
Several people have asked if Iím using an alternative to sugar, an artificial sweetener of some kind, or something like honey, agave, etc.
First of all, I am always trying not to eat anything ARTIFICIAL. I want real food, whole food, the best fresh food, please.
I cut out the sugar in my coffee and tea long ago when I began going to a Chiropractor (Dr. Sid) for back/leg pain. When I came in he would run his fingers down my spine and poke around on my back a little and say, ďYouíve been eating sugar.Ē And I would say, ďNo, I donít eat sweets very much.Ē (Back then that was true. That was before I hired Sara Lee and Betty Crocker to work with me, lol, but thatís another blog I havenít written yet, lol.)
Dr. Sid persisted and insisted until finally it dawned on me: I was putting two or three spoons of sugar in my tea and coffee which I drank all day while at work! Duh! One of those olí slap-the-head-moments, lol. So, I gradually decreased the sugar in my drinks until I finally drank my coffee and tea black, nothing added. My motivation was to get my Chiropractor to stop saying that I was eating sugar. (He said when you eat sugar your pancreas responds, works hard, and he could feel it when he pressed the right spot on my back. Somehow the pancreas or spine felt differently. Was he right? I donít know but when I stopped sugar I never told him, but he stopped saying it .)
So, back to the present. Iím cutting out SWEETS. Anything sweetened with artificial sweetener or any other sweetener besides sugar, still tastes SWEET, so Iím avoiding it. I think itís too tempting, reminds me too much of some other dessert that IS full of sugar and will eventually lead me astray. Besides, Iím never sure whatís in some of those products and have read all sorts of warnings about them.
What I want to know is:
When you give up SWEETS are you just giving up SUGAR?
Or do you give up anything that tastes SWEET?
And what difference do you think it makes?
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.
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