Two Bad Boys

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."

I’ve 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 don’t 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/mypa

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 “experts” 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.


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  • JUSTJO66
    I am in definite agreement with you. Now if I could/can just kick those "bad boys" to the curb forver. :o)

    Thanks Karen, some really good reads.

    2777 days ago
  • GABY1948
    OMG THANK YOU for another outstanding blog! You could write a BOOK before it is over with. All these addictive things...and odd, I thought they only affected me that way! Not so I have so many "birds of a feather" in this! It makes me feel better but I feel bad for others that are like this! As always, Karen thank you! emoticon
    2780 days ago
    THese two are bad boys indeed. I know I feel better if I stay away from them especially the sugar. Luckily I can easily not have soda but some of the goodies this time of year is another story. Thanks Karen for the good information.
    2780 days ago
    I totally agree about the flour and sugar. Even whole wheat flour spikes your blood sugar. My diet is chiefly fresh meat, fish, eggs, fresh veggies, fresh fruits, low carb dairy, nuts, seeds, olive oil, etc.
    2780 days ago
    It's great to hear that from Dr. Weil. After all the reading I've done in the past few months, I've found I tend to ignore most of the "official" channels of information because they're ignoring a lot of info in favor of the party line.

    Sugar tastes great, but it has zero redeeming qualities.
    2780 days ago
    I've been reading a lot more about sugar lately also. Thank you Karen. I have never been a sweet eater, but around the holidays I do eat sweets, just because they are there. lol. Dumb. huh? I really appreciate this information and the added awareness of how bad sugar is for your body. My diet has change for the better, thanks to SparkPeople and you.
    2780 days ago
  • DGAIL51
    Good information! Thanks once again. Now to get that information past my skull to wherever those "cravings" come from. I will say that when I went through a recent problem with lack of appetite that I had no cravings for sweets whatsoever and now I definitely do not crave them like I have always in the past, so that is probably a good place to stop the trend & continue to limit any sweets. Realistically, I am not sure I will completely cut out sweets, but definitely like Sandra's story of her 85 y/o artist friend who cut down from 2 squares to 1 chocolate square, maybe that is something I can strive for.


    BTW, I do understand being a sweets addict since I have been one for most of my life, it is just that for several months my appetite has been really off and the sugar thing went with it for the most part.
    2780 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/9/2011 11:27:53 AM
    Sandra.........can relate to the not stopping with one piece! I, too, have been having major sugar cravings and unfortunately have caved into them most of the time! So sorry, Kren! I understand!

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    2780 days ago
  • CAROLEE1945
    I feel very lucky that I never developed a "soda habit". Unfortunately, though, I do crave sugar in all its other forms.
    2780 days ago
    YES...sugar is bad especially for those of us who can't stop at one little piece. I have an 85-year old artist friend who has been slim all of her life, has never been tempted to overeat or "oversweet", and walks everywhere for all of her errands except for Saturday when a friend with a car helps her get her heavier cat supplies (no...don't be silly: the supplies are heavier, not the cat!).
    So this friend announced sometime this year that the two squares of dark chocolate she eats after dinner have now become ONE square (that's from a "good" chocolate bar) as she figured she was overdoing it.
    I don't tell her about my problem with overeating the stuff because she wouldn't understand. Many people who don't have the problem just say: "Well, stop doing that!"
    Keep up the great work, Karen. I will be joining you (I did it in October, I believe) when I work through my current cravings.

    2780 days ago
    Yes; I've read a lot, during the past year, as well, that supports the concepts that we need to "reduce the amount of sugar and flour that we eat", and that "added sugar...is probably a greater contributor to heart disease than saturated fat".

    In fact, these concepts have been great contributors to my ability to lose 60 pounds. Many of my meals focus on meats and vegetables and fruits. I'm not afraid of complex carbs,so i also eat some of them, but, I do my best to limit simple carbs.

    ~ Faith
    2780 days ago
    Surprisingly, fruit itself is not the "perfect food" that our culture is telling us it is. For a lot of us the high fructose content of modern hybridized fruits is as bad as a can of soda. Vegetables, particularly leafy ones, are MUCH more healthful than fruits.

    Fructose is fructose, no matter what form it's packaged in, and it's essentially a toxin, more so even than sucrose. (The only thing your body metabolizes faster than sugar is alcohol, which is an obvious poison.) Check out this NYTimes article:

    2780 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    I'm loving all this sugar info!
    2780 days ago
    Great idea to keep sugar and white flour out of our diet. I think they should require sugar,flour and even all things that are bad for us to post on the labels the dangers of eating them..(Like cigarettes)
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    2780 days ago
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