Eat Less Sugar

You probably already know that refined sugar is not good for you. Unfortunately, most people still eat too much of it. With a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, this will not happen to you. Your body will thank you! If you stop consuming any kind of additional sweeteners for a certain time and only eat the sugar that is naturally found in fresh food, you will soon notice how much better you feel and will also stop craving super sweet foods. Although the first few days will be tough, the end results will be worth it!

Diabetes

In honor of World Diabetes Day yesterday, we wanted to share more about this common metabolic disorders.

Around 1 in 11 adults suffer from diabetes globally and this number continues to rise. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1 (insulin dependent), Type 2 (insulin resistant), and gestational diabetes. Around the world, Type 2 is most common form and results from the body becoming resistant to insulin or not being able to produce enough insulin.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which allows cells in the body to take up glucose. If the body is lacking insulin, cells are unable to take up glucose and levels remain high in the body. Uncontrolled glucose levels can have dangerous health effects.

One of the best ways to control your blood sugar and glucose levels is via a healthy diet and exercise!

The Science Behind the Food Industry

Have you ever had a moment at a party or while sitting on the couch where you feel as if you just cannot stop eating those chips and cookies? Well this is not an uncommon scenario but not for the reasons you may think.

The problem is not that millions of people lack willpower but rather their willpower is unable to compete with the billions of dollars that are spent every year to override that willpower. These dollars have been used to design and engineer foods so that consumers eat more and more. The addition of salt to sweet foods such as cookies and sugar to savory foods such as tomato sauce is one of the things that has made foods so addictive. Both salt and sugar have been shown to have opioid like qualities and activate the same regions of the brain as cocaine. Adding addictive substances and engineering flavor profiles is one of the reasons why it can be so hard to stop eating those chips or cookies.

To learn more about the food industry and the science behind it check out these great articles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html?fbclid=IwAR1sXcJSfrGcGVLwqfeGbCAg0oCbwvJ0jslrHOR9mG2WYsSXEREo9OR5MRY

https://www.ecowatch.com/food-companies-making-products-addictive-2632845184.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2

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Let’s Be Sugar Free – Challenge Yourself to be Healthy

If you are ready to remove the processed sugar from your diet, do the following:

  1. Not on metabolic balance? Contact a metabolic balance coach.  If you are going  to be sugar free, you might as well go all the way and balance your metabolism and make your body as healthy as possible.  If you are already on metabolic balance, talk with your coach and tell them you want to make sure you had no processed sugars in your diet.
  2. Plan out your meals. If you know what you are going to be eating, you can avoid accidentally adding hidden sugars into your meals.
  3. Eat soups with a balanced flavour palette. Soups help you feel satiated so you will be less tempted to go for something sweet at the end of your meal.
  4. Write out a list of how reducing the sugar in your life will make your body healthier.
  5. Ask your family and friends to join you.
  6. Learn to read labels so you can avoid adding hidden sugars into your meals.

As you progress through the thirty days, you may feel a craving for sugar.  If you feel like you are craving sugar, try one of the following:

  1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and then go do something else.  When the timer goes off, ask yourself if you still want that sugary item. If you are following metabolic balance, you will not be snacking so the fifteen minutes which have gone by must be right after a meal.  If you waited fifteen minutes and are now considering a piece of fruit, make sure you have a seed/protein before eating the fruit.
  2. Breathing slower increases your willpower and allows you to focus on your end goal and avoid the immediate gratification of a dose of sugar.  Please note that if you are under a great amount of stress, you will find it harder to find your willpower but taking deep breaths will help release stress and improve your willpower.