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Sugar! Could You Do A Month Without Sugar?

Could You Do A Month Without Sugar?.pngI became more aware of the dangers of high sugar intake in American diets when I began blogging 6 years ago, and made diabetes a platform issue for my website, PaulasHealthyLiving.com. Our nation’s sugar habit is a driving force behind the diabetes and obesity epidemic in the US and it’s believed to be a contributing factor to cancer and Alzheimer’s according to The New York Times (January 1, 2017).

The questions is, if it takes three weeks to change a habit, could you go four weeks without added sweeteners?

I challenged myself with this concept after a doctor asked me to remove maladextrin, a sugar substitute, to help with stomach issues I was experiencing.  It’s a daunting task, but it could help you reset your sugar taste buds.

Sugar comes with many different names:

If you begin looking at ingredient lists, you may be shocked how frequently you will see these names within the first 3-4 names on ingredients lists. The higher they are on the lists, the more there is in the product.  See the level of sugar in commonly consumed drinks and products across the nation.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 24 grams of sugar per day for women, and 36 grams per day for men.

A single 16-ounce bottle of Coke has 52 grams.

Could You Do A Month Without Sugar?You may find yourself reevaluating a lot of the ‘healthy’ foods you regularly consumed previously like

  • granola or packaged cereals which predominantly contain added sugars
  • processed orange juice
  • flavored yogurt
  • pizza sauce
  • sugar free snacks

One effort to assist in this challenge would be cooking, and therefore, controlling your own food.  

If you buy it from outside aisles of the grocery, instead of the inside aisles, it more likely to help you in your quest.

What you will find at the end of the experiment is the pure taste in things such as

  • honey crisp apples
  • oranges
  • sweet red peppers and
  • many other foods

I’m not an advocate of all-or-nothing diet plans, and a bit of 80% cocoa dark chocolate makes my heart sing in the afternoon sometimes, but you will realize a renewed, sensitive set of taste buds that have been dulled by processed foods.

It’s an awakening to the beauty and amazing nature of natural food items and improved health is a bonus!

Paul Maier, Contributing Editor for Indian Hill Connection Magazine

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Do You Take 10,000 Steps Per Day?

Did you know that many fitness experts recommend that you walk 10,000 steps every day? Monitoring your daily steps with a simple pedometer can be an effective way to increase your activity level. Continue reading

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Is There A Correlation Between Obesity and Wealth For Women?

A reader sent me an article from The Atlantic, revealing statistics surrounding this topic.  I think the results are critical on several levels; one, it highlights what socio-economic areas need to be better educated about the health problems, health-care problems, and financial implications that arise due to obesity.  Second, the studies are important because it shows how women need to empower each other to live a healthier lifestyle and how it impacts their ability to support themselves and their families.  Continue reading

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Stop Drinking Soda and Improve Your Health!

One change that I always recommend to my clients when we discuss lifestyle-eating, and healthy living options that can be made, is to give up soda.

People often look at me, horrified.  They would rather I ask them to nibble on a pigs ear!  Here are some facts for you about regular and diet sodas and what they do to your body and your mind. Continue reading

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Surprising Stats About Childhood Obesity & School Lunches

Issues surrounding the nutritional value of school lunches, is a significant issue in the United States.  EverydayHealth.com states that kids who buy lunch at school had a 30% greater risk of obesity than those who brown bag theirs. Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Reflux & Obesity

Obesity and the negative medical consequences of that condition are on the rise in the United States.  High blood pressure, cardiac issues, cholesterol issues, and Type 2 diabetes are the medical conditions typically associated with obesity.  Now researchers are associating GERD with being overweight. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms. Continue reading

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