Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Your Brain on Sugar
Sugar fuels every cell in the brain and influences brain chemicals, too. And overloading on sugary foods may alter the brain receptors that regulate how much we eat. In laboratory studies, rats that binged on sugar had brain changes that mimicked those of drug withdrawal. In humans, just seeing pictures of milkshakes triggered brain activity similar to what's seen in drug addicts -- and that activity was stronger in women with a high food-addiction score than in women who didn't report addictive eating.
Breaking free from sugar addiction can be life altering. I have chosen to do this on my own and in four pieces:
Week 1: Identify the sources/replace with healthier and wholesome alternatives. Below is a list that I found from the recently posted Spark article ~ Break Your Sugar Addiction ~By Lauri Watson, Registered Dietitician.
Brown rice syrup
Cane juice crystals
High fructose corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Evaporated cane juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Grape juice concentrate
I have long ago removed juices and sodas from my diet; also sugar from the sugar bowl for cereal, so that part was easy enough. My biggest offenders have been ice cream, jams, chocolate kisses & dove, hard candies. So, I have removed them for now and replaced with fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, I put raisins, dried apricots, dried prune or bananas in my cereal. I have green teas with lemon, and a variety of teas when I am wanting a sweet thing in the evening. I do allow myself a 'dab' (1/2 tsp) of honey in my tea.
Week 2: Stock my Kitchen with sugar free items such as the teas, fruits, cereal (Look for hidden sugar by reading the nutrition list of ingredients looking for sugar to be the 4th or 5th in the list), oatmeal must be made from scratch as are any hot cereals because of the sugar content in prepackaged individual packets. I am not using sugar substitutes at all due to an adverse effect in my body.
Week 3: Stop the Cravings ~
Treadmill or Water Exercise
Relaxing Bath or Shower
Eat Raw Veggies with Peanut Butter
Yogurt or Almonds
Week 4: Game Plan for Life ~ Allow some of my favorite 'sweet things' back into my diet this time in MODERATION. If it becomes an addiction my plan is to start over with Week 1 again, I will not beat myself up if I slip!!
I am on week three at this present time and feeling much relieved and thankful for this journey.
I will pray always in this journey of life!!! With God's help I will live free of this addiction.
Monday, January 02, 2012
God began speaking to me in my pain, tears, anger, and the
betrayal; all that I felt was the opposite of love. He also told
me to study out scriptures on LOVE. For my feeling was to
retaliate. He directed me to a blog from January 2, 2012 by
liveandlaughwithjesus "When you have Truth without Love". Also,
he told me that he would never leave me in Matthew 28:20
"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the
end of the age. Amen."
He showed me this through the blog, about the life of David Livingston.
First it was Romans 7 & 8 ...
Romans 7 is full of Paul talking himself.
(1) "the law and how it has dominion over man as
long as he lives" " ..but I had not known sin but by the law" (7)
What shall we do than? Is the law sin? God forbid..for I had
not known sin but by the law. (12) wherefore, the law is holy
and the commandment holy and just and good(13) was that which
is good made death; unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might
appear sin, working death in me by that which is good (14)for we
know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin."
This describes as Paul said the strife of two natures:
(15) For that which I do I understand not; for what I would, that do I
not; but what I hate that I do. (16) If than, I do that which I
would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now, then it is
no more I that do it but sin that dwelleth in me. (18) For I know
that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will
is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find
not. (19) For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I
would not, that I do." The confusion of Paul is what I felt too.
The number of times "I" is present in this chapter amazes me still.
...32 times in Romans 7!! Not until Paul shifted from I to God
( the Spirit, is mentioned 18 times in Romans 8) did there seem to
be an answer.
(24) Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall
deliver me from the body of this death? (25) I thank God
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So, then, with the mind I
myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin."
NOW, the Victory in Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no
condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not
after the flesh but after the Spirit.(2) For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of
sin and death. (3) For what the law could not do, in that it was
weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son, in the likeness
of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. (4) That
the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk
not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." This is the fruit of
salvation. So, from than on in chapter of Romans 8 Paul's switch
from "I" to the "Spirit" gave VICTORY.
I was in the flesh after and during my feelings but as I focused
on the Spirit in Romans 8 I began to win the fight that was
going on in my flesh. Romans 8 is the diamond and the
doorway, the gateway to walking in the Spirit. There is no
condemnation, no separation because Jesus died and was buried (outside
the camp in a dung heap) but Victory came when Jesus arose again to
give new life.
The glorious deliverance:
(18) "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are
not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed in us." WOW!! I felt the power of the Spirit who
helped my weakness for I knew not what to pray for as I ought;
but the Spirit himself makes the intercession for me with
groanings which cannot be uttered. (from Romans 8:26) and
"We know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
As I understand the Holy Spirit talking to me I realize that
Satan attacks are at the root where things like condemnation, fear,
and stress live. Fine, I have given things like broken marriage,
sickness, poverty, adultery over to God . Those root issues are
buried and sometimes never revealed but I thank my God that
he does work on behalf of those hidden issues of the soul so
that the walk of the believer can be lived with joy in Jesus; no
condemnation, sin covered with the blood of Jesus ...forgiven!!
Revelation 12:10-11 "..they overcame with the blood of the
All verses from KJV of the Bible.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
MEDICATIONS, THAT IS.
I just ran across my SPARKPEOPLE daily challenge and it caught my eye.
Say no to sleep medications. Use exercise instead! People who exercise for 50 minutes 4-5 times a week fall asleep 54% faster and stay asleep longer than those who work out less, according to new research.
Now, that is an individual thing. When exercise is not possible, injuries, well you know what I mean. It is not for everyone.
This is my Josie, no trouble sleeping for her...this is at the beach and what a wonderful place to snooze...Odie, black lab, tried to wake her with zero luck.
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