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Focus on Sugar – #fit4feb

February 17, 2014

In the past few weeks there has been an influx of media attention on the issue of “sugar”. Much of it has been confusing and contradictory. Is it really that bad for you? Are all kinds of sugar bad for you? Can I eat it in moderation? Laurie Hill, Certified Health Coach gives us the answers:

Laurie Hill is a Certified Health Coach who has been coaching people on better health for over 10 years. Laurie’s passion about health began when she had come to a crisis point herself15 years ago. At 70 pounds overweight, and suffering from some serious health issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, gall bladder disease, acne, and horribly low self esteem, Laurie found a Health Coach in California, who helped her lose her weight by showing her how food heals the body.  Amazingly, the health issues either went away completely, or were nearly non-existent.   Laurie says her body was given healthy beautiful food, which stabilised her blood-sugar imbalance, cravings disappeared, her energy increased, and began walking 40 minutes a day.  Laurie says that her body ecology had become messed up from years of chronic yo-yo dieting, stress, sugar addiction, diet-coke addiction, and quick foods (from being a busy mother), that she couldn’t lose weight by trying every fad diet around.  Laurie was so impressed from this natural and healthy approach to body ecology that she became a Health Coach last year and now offers workshops that helps people understand how sugar has devastating effects on health, how to eat healthy and heal your body, and how you can eat for beauty. But most importantly, Laurie says that it’s about learning to love yourself and if you have curves, love them! You’ve been blessed!

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When my clients first come to me, aside from wanting to lose weight, they may be suffering from; aches and pains, irregular menstrual cycles, blood sugar imbalances, sugar addiction, emotional addictions to food, low energy, low sex drive, and many others…

I can tell you that sugar is a culprit in all of those factors. I have had people tell me that they although they suffer from the above symptoms, they don’t have a “sweet tooth”, and hardly consume sugar. However, when we sit down and examine the typical foods they eat, they soon realise that they are consuming loads of sugar, but most often it is hidden sugar.

The problem with focusing on “sugar” too much is that we can become myopic. The food industry is so clever at manipulating our impulses, that we are brainwashed through the media and even government “nutrition” agencies, that making swaps is our best attempt at limiting sugar. So really, all we are doing is exchanging one bad habit for another, without ever addressing what healthy eating actually looks like. We’re choosing “no sugar added foods”, “low and non-fat foods”, thinking that we are cleverly outsmarting our bodies from taking in sugar. The problem with chemical sweeteners is that they have some pretty scary side-effects that the media isn’t talking about.

My goal of helping my clients is teaching them that their health is their responsibility. Part of that responsibility is learning how to listen to their body. Believe it or not, your body communicates with you all the time. Pain, fatigue, cravings, acne, headache, low sex drive, all are ways that your body is trying to get your attention. When you visit your GP for blood tests and such, blood, pH, thyroid, sugar, iron, are all ways your body is getting your attention. What is it saying to you? Do you throw medication at it, or are there natural ways to help bring your body into balance?

When you shift your perspective about caring for your body, you will be attentive to how food (and non-foods) affects your body. The issue of sugar and all of our questions about foods will be answered because how you feel when you eat those foods will be the great litmus test!

Here are 10 tips I give at my workshops to help people make wiser food choices:

  1. How much colour of fruit and vegetables did you have in your diet yesterday? Have a quick count. If it’s fewer than 7, add more colour every day.
  2. How much of what you ate was live food (fruit and vegetables) and how much of it was dead foods? (Cooked foods, meat, pasteurised dairy, processed food). A life-giving diet will be at least 70% live foods. Even adding a salad, a fruit smoothie, and crunchie veg sticks would be enough to start.
  3. Eliminate sugary drinks; fruit juices (unless you blend them or juice them yourself), fizzy drinks, no-sugar added drinks, and vitamin water.
  4. Drink more water. Sometimes we think we’re hungry or craving sugar, and we’re actually thirsty.
  5. Eat 2-3 times a day, until you’re 80% full, with no in between meal snacks. (Just like how we were raised).
  6. Don’t eat after 6pm.
  7. If you eat dairy foods, eat the full-fat kind. Good fat is your friend, don’t worry.
  8. When you have painful joints, or any kind of inflammation, lay off grain products and dairy foods.
  9. When you shop, focus on the fruit and veg section and don’t get lulled in by the £1 or yellow tag deals, which are usually bread and junk stuffs. Make a list; don’t shop hungry, when you know they’re baking bread, or when you’re feeling emotional or vulnerable.
  10. And lastly, read food labels! If sugar (or any word that has “ose”, “dex”, “malt”) is more than 5 grams, third on the list, or if there are any substances you can’t pronounce, choose another brand or make it yourself)

From those top 10 tips, you’ll notice that the only time I mentioned don’t have sugar is with regard to sugary drinks. When you focus on nourishing your body, you are going to heal it at the same time. Sugar is what we do when we are not conscious of what we eat, eating out of emotion, where we eat, and are too busy or tired to prepare food.

It takes time to bring our taste buds back into enjoying real food, so don’t be hard on yourself. Our kids are even slower to change. The point is to begin taking those 10 steps. When you do, sugar will be naturally replaced with whole healthy foods, and believe it or not, our old favourites will taste way too sweet. We will love the taste of fruit again, we’ll crave fresh foods on our tongue, our bodies will feel better, and communicate back to us with more energy, clear complexions, healthier looking bodies, and weight will shift naturally.

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