Is it the Sugar

Would you eat 16 packets of sugar?  Well, then why would you drink it?  Did you know a 20 ounce cola has 16 packets of sugar?  This “conversation” was playing out on TV last night while I was at the gym.  How appropriate since I don’t usually watch the news! The conversation: Will Mayor Bloomberg ban certain sizes of sugary/cola drinks in NYC to help gain control of the obesity and diabetes epidemic??

A most interesting conversation is starting. And I LOVE it! I am less concerned about the notion of how far should/can/will government go in “protecting”, “controlling” our health.  Is it their responsibility?  Maybe. As far as I am concerned, when it comes to health, we, the individual (me, myself and I) are responsible for taking our health into our own hands.  It is up to us to find trusted resources, with a proven track record to get educated.

This is one reason I love teaching about Sugar. For those of you who have already attended my “Sugar Detox” classes in Westchester, you’ve heard me say over & over, we (children & adults) consume too much refined sugar.  You have also heard me speak about the solution to our sugar addiction–and it is not about eliminating “all” sugar.  I understand why people are so confused about sugar & nutrition in general.

Taking control of our sugar addiction & reducing the amount we consume consists of a multi-step process including: education, support and looking at our overall lifestyle.  After all, some of us know too much sugar is bad….yet the comfort and emotional connection attached to sugar is so strong, all the information in the world is useless.

I will be teaching my Sugar Class LIVE on Thursday, June 14th at 7pm in White Plains. For information click here.

**Note: If you are not able to make the Thursday class, email me here.  I will be offering the class via Webinar over the Summer.  In the Fall, I will again be teaching it LIVE in Westchester.

 

discipline is a practice

One of the reasons I love teaching is that it reminds me of daily practices I sometimes take for granted. For example, when I teach my Sugar Detox class and share with my students that I only eat dessert once per week, people ask, “How do you have so much discipline?”.

When I think about “how”, it really comes down to 3 things:

1. Choice: I have chosen to make my health and well-being a priority. Excess sugar in the body leads to a host of negative health concerns (think inflammation…which is the root cause of much disease). Watching my sugar intake is one way I support my health and well-being.

2. Discipline: Practicing discipline ensures the choices I make translate into…ACTION

3. Action: When I do things such as: buy bread with no added sugar, substitute agave for refined sugar, eat whatever dessert I want one night per week, I am taking actions that support my choice to be healthy.

Is everyone born with the ability to practice discipline? I believe so.  If the desire to make changes is strong enough, practicing discipline is part of the “work”. Discipline is a practice. Like anything else we practice, the more we practice, the more we improve over time.  If you are finding it very difficult to have discipline in certain areas of your life, perhaps consider if you really, really, really want to change.

sugar is addicting

Many people know how sugar can wreak havoc in terms of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

However, most people don’t connect sugar to other issues many of us struggle with on a daily basis.

My weight fluctuated in the past as a result of too much sugar. Plain and simple, I was eating too much refined sugar and not enough complex carbs, lean protein and healthy fats. I was overfed and undernourished.  The excessive sugar I ate led to a whole host of issues, to name a few: overweight, low blood sugar, energy crashes, coffee addiction, crankiness: I need to eat right now or I will hurt you, cravings for more sugar, unimpressive libido for a young passionate girl!

Below are some questions you can ask yourself to see if your sweet tooth is wreaking havoc:

1. Do you often feel tired and achy?

2. Does your energy plummet mid-afternoon?

3. Do you suffer from headaches, irritable bowel, or yeast/candida overgrowth?

4. Do you have congestion, or have to clear your throat alot?

5. Do you get dizzy when you stand up?

6. Do you get thirsty alot & urinate frequently?

7. If you are a male, over 45, do you have the “spare tire” around your waist?

8. If you are female, over 38, do you suffer decreased libido, irregular periods, PMS?

9. Do you have problems controlling your weight?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your sweet tooth might need some serious restraint. I can help by teaching you how to control your sugar intake by implementing gradual diet and lifestyle changes.

Sugar is addicting.  In order to break the habit it is important to get support.  Email me here if you would like to set up a complementary health consultation.  I would love to support you!