Friday, March 22, 2013

Breaking The Sugar Cycle Is Not Easy

As the saying goes..."Nothing in Life worth having comes easy."

Breaking the sugar cycle is not easy but you can do it!  Similar in correlation to a dependent relationship, you will feel better when you restore balance.  Eating a high alkaline diet helps our Immune System stay strong so it can naturally fight off viruses, infections and inflammatory diseases!

Consuming proteins and healthy fats helps to satisfy hunger cravings and stabalize blood sugar glucose levels which will make fighting this battle somewhat easier.  If you are a vegetartian, you will find excellent protein levels in dark leafy greens like brocolli, spinach, kale and spirulina to name just a few.  For you carnivors out there  :o)  choose lean proteins like those found in poultry, fish and eggs.  Good fats include those found in nuts, seeds, olive oil and coconut oil.  As always choose that which is the least refined, organic and raw.

Fiber is also a pretty important part to help curb those cravings.  Fiber helps to cleanse the entire digestive system.  Consider taking a bulk fiber to promote this cleansing process.  You may think you are getting enough fiber with the consumption of all of these fruits and veges but you will be pleasantly surprised.  Stick with it and drink lots of water!

Complex carbohydrates should be the mainstay of your diet.  What are complex carbs?  Fruits and vegetables directly from nature.  Lightly steamed or as always, raw is best.

Water is always the drink of choice.  Add fresh lemon, orange, grapefruit, strawberries or any other fruit you love to make it more palatable if necessary.  Keep in mind that your citris fruits will help to alkalinize your Ph so there is a double bonus in them!  Alkaline Ph in the range of 7 to 7.8 and even up to 8.5 if you are a vegetarian is more likely to keep you from getting any serious disease.

It's ok to eat fruit because it has natural sugars that your body recognizes as food and it can help to curb some of the cravings.   Plus it won't cause your glucose levels to spike and fall dramatically as long as you don't get carried away. Go easy, your ratios should be about 5 to 1 dark leafy greens and vegetables to 1 piece of fruit.  Some people like stevia as a sweetener too.  I am not a fan, I would prefer to use raw honey and simply limit the amount.

Limit your intake of simple carbohydrates like breads, pasta, cereals, corn, french fries, pancakes, pasta, popcorn, white rice, etc. as these also breakdown into sugar and can be a leading factor in causing inflammation too.

Limiting sugar consumption is an excellent method for greatly reducing inflammation.  Keep in mind that it can take two or three weeks before you really start noticing the benefits.  Those benefits however may surprise you!  You may notice fewer fuzzies in the brain (less brain fog), considerably higher energy levels and weight loss too!

Be sure to add spices to your menu of excellent food choices.  Many spices have anti-inflammatory properties including but not limited to garlic, tumeric, ginger, basil and cayenne.  These spices may help you over that bad spot in the road and keep you from having to take prescription drugs which are loaded with adverse side effects.

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