January 10, 2007 • Comments (5)
When you stop being sweet, make sure you have other foods on hand. Replacement foods are key! You will find yourself voraciously hungry and you will NEED to eat something. Have something to nosh on, something satisfying. I use apples and natural peanut butter. Try red, orange and yellow sliced fresh peppers. Mmmm!
I ate lots of bread when I first quit. While bread is a complex carbohydrate, for me it was still better than a box of cookies. Pasta and bagels also got me through. Eventually I’d reach for those foods instead of cookies and over time I managed to cut back the carbs.
Take things one step at a time.
January 05, 2007 • Comments (0)
This information has been posted all over the web and was emailed to me. This is what happens to your body if you drink a coke right now:
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
60 minutes: As the sugar party inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, peed out all of the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like having the ability to hydrate your system or to build strong bones and teeth.
This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.)
January 05, 2007
If you go off sugar your life will become far more productive and focused. For one thing, you’ll have to deal with stress and problems by doing something other than self destructive sugar binging.
After several months pass and you stop eating sweets and replace the sugary stuff with veggies and healthy foods, you’re whole physiology changes for the better. Better eating turns into better thinking. You’ll start to deal with problems in different ways and you’ll have the energy to follow through on long term tasks (such as exercising).
Which is more important, eating sweets or accomplishing your dreams?
Posted in Tips, Tricks, Info & News on 01/05/07
January 03, 2007
While food shopping with my niece this holiday season, I kept pointing out that all of the snacks she was picking out contained sugar. I guess I’m no fun!
“There’s sugar in everything,” she exclaimed and followed up by calling me, “Mr. Health-food.”
The holidays were particularly tough this year. My family was relentless. Every dessert (three dinners three days in a row) was sugar laden, rich, and sweet. My mother even whipped up some chocolate fondue at one point. People tempted me by holding delicious pastries in my face!
In the end I managed to make it through the week without breaking down and eating Froot Loops, fake Maple Syrup, cookies, pie, or cake. In some way, I hope that my behavior influenced my family, but I fear they just see me as a health food freak.
While at the store yesterday with Gwenn, I reached for some Mayonnaise. While checking all of the jars (quite a variety) I began to get annoyed that EVERY single one contained sugar. Gwenn said, “That’s what Mayonnaise is.” Resigned, I grabbed the brand I usually get and left. Perhaps there’s another way to prepare Tuna…
Posted in Tips, Tricks, Info & News on 01/03/07
December 28, 2006
No sugar for 6 weeks! Can you handle it? No High fructrose corn syrup, no dextrose, no sweeteners, no soft drinks, no candy, cookies, ice cream, etc. You can do it! 6 WEEKS!
Posted in Sugar-Free Challenge on 12/28/06