Breaking The Sugar Habit

Breaking the Sugar Habit
a huge thank you for nutritionist Barb Lagoni for this wonderful information

One of the biggest challenges of eating healthy is removing simple carbohydrates,sugars and empty-calorie snacks from our diet. Sweets, snacks, chips, pasta, crackers, pretzels, potatoes, rice, soda pop and juices are just not good for us.

These foods are high-glycemic. That means they spike your blood sugar…only to see it plummet an hour or so later thus creating fluctuating blood sugars that lead to cravings and bingeing and no room for healthy choices.

Such cravings are not about will power. They are about metabolic imbalance that creates cravings for fast sugar and carbohydrate snacks.

The following are ways many people have successfully kicked that sugar habit and enjoyed good healthy food again.

The Ideal Diet – The ideal diet emphasizes fresh raw vegetables, some fresh fruit and fish and poultry.

Breakfast – include high protein foods… eggs, turkey sausages, or a smoothie made with a high quality Soy Protein

or a snack bar– ours has 10 grams of protein!

Fresh fruit (avoid high glycemic fruits such as pineapple, banana and grapes)

Swiss oatmeal ( rolled oats softened overnight in milk or plain yogurt and fresh fruit.. blueberries, strawberries, etc and almonds) Yum!

Lunch is a great place for a main dish salad

Be sure to include lots of vegetables whether in salad or with a plate of fresh veggies, maybe with a dip.

Ideas for salads
try a variety of at least 6 different ingredients to create crunch, color, and flavor…

Veggies, veggies, veggies… try lightly steamed green beans or asparagus, a variety of greens ( except no iceberg lettuce .. no nutritional value there),sprouts, red cabbage, green cabbage, peas, shredded carrots, chopped broccoli, cauliflower, fresh white mushrooms, green onions, baby bok choi, spinach, assorted peppers, grated beet, cubed roasted squash etc

Add a little sweetness occasionally with dried cranberries or dried cherries, 1 fresh orange, rind removed and chopped, sliced apples, pears, grapes,

Add crunch with sliced almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds…or Shaklee Fiber Plan Daily Crunch

Add flavor with sundried tomatoes, fresh herbs ( water cress, parsley, cilantro, ),pesto, artichoke hearts

For protein …chopped, cooked chicken, turkey, tuna, garbanzo beans, chopped hard-cooked eggs, etc

Don’t forget to make your own salad dressing

Mid afternoon snacks… snack bars, energizing tea, vegetables and dip, fresh fruit, nuts, peanut butter fudge ( 1 cup organic peanut butter, 1 cup Soy Protein, 1/3 cup honey)

Dinner – avoid high glycemic starches like potatoes, pasta and rice, avoid fried foods… Include, LOTS of vegetables… fresh or lightly steamed, meat, poultry and fish

Beverages… filtered water in a glass pitcher with cinnamon sticks, ginger root slices, or fresh mint for flavor

Evening snack – no popcorn… (high glycemic carb) nuts, veggies and dip, fruit,

Basic Supplements…to stop cravings for sweets and carbohydrates

High Quality Multi-Vitamin

A Complete B Complex (consider one with each meal)

Glucose Regulating Product

Fiber Tablets

Friendly Bacteria

Advanced Supplements – a daily all in one strip – great for on the go people!

Detoxifying

non-toxic cleaning products
Non – petroleum sourced personal skincare
Milk Thistle, Alfalfa,colon cleanser,friendly bacteria


sugar cube flickr image

K a r e n     H a n r a h a n
Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant
Mentoring YOU to Health Success
708.482.0678
 
Websites:
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6 Responses to Breaking The Sugar Habit

  1. nadine sellers says:

    thank you for awakening the sleeping giant of everyday life in developed countries.sugar is the perfidious secret of nutrition, so used to it are we, that we ignore it on the way to more and more.sound advice and a thump on the forehead…we needed it.

  2. Karen Hanrahan says:

    what an awesome word — perfidious!! You are very welcome!

  3. It’s been a whole week that I’ve been eating “healthy.” I’ve even given up my beloved Dr. Pepper. Kurt returned yesterday from a trip to Florida, and brought back FRESH yellowjack, mahi mahi, and other fantastic fish on ice. It has been wonderful. PLUS we’ve been having salads for lunch. Oh, I feel so virtuous! Now if I could only find a cool word like perfidious to add, my day would be perfect!

  4. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Congratulations Alline. I am giving you a pumpkin sticker on your way to go healthy eating chart! In Seattle I ate salmon caught by the chef that day…I could not believe my mouth, the taste and texture was unbelievable. I  miss fish, can’t quite swing the price of it.  Kurt had to be very excited to bring all of that home for you.  Nadine is someone who’s poetry has me with dictionary in hand! I think we can all coast on perfidious for awhile!

  5. Jack says:

    Did you know that you can fool yourself into eating less if you snack on in-shell pistachios? Dr. Painter talks about it on pistachio health – http://pistachiohealth.com/the_pistachio_principle.html

  6. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Thanks Jack! Nice campaign!

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