Welcome to all with a sweet tooth (you know who you are)! Since spring is the perfect time to start thinking about healthy eating, we got the 411 on sugar from nutritional coach and eco-foodie Julie Audette!
How much sugar can be bad for one’s health?
“When we’re swamped with work and have too many social engagements, we have a tendency to eat anything that’s on hand. But shortcuts always have consequences! It’s hard to say how much sugar is bad for you. The body is our natural barometer, and it is always right. If it responds negatively with various symptoms, it’s time to react. But don’t wait too long! Take matters into your hands before you even start feeling the effects.”
“It’s a question of overall health. Sugar is a cause of many degenerative diseases. Also, did you know that cancerous cells feed off of sugar? That it creates a dependency far greater than cocaine? [According to Passeport Santé (French only), in large amounts, sugar stimulates the same parts of the brain as drugs; those associated with gain and pleasure.] That a simple sugar cube weakens your immune system’s defences for four hours?”
How does one know if they consume too much sugar?
“From various physical symptoms: frequent headaches, digestive problems, gradual weight gain, for example, but also if you are nervous, stressed or on-edge. Signs of hypoglycaemia often represent the start of the problem, which can then lead to a risk of diabetes.”
What type of sugar should one avoid?
“Processed foods contain too much sugar, as well as high levels of sodium. Some people don’t eat enough, or don’t eat a balanced diet. Some people have a tendency to consume too much sugar, and the brain thus associates sugar with energy (which, in this instance, only lasts a few minutes). A balanced diet allows the body to transform food into glucose for the brain. And this comes from real foods: fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, nuts and good oils. ”
Here are three healthy tips to reduce your daily sugar intake:
1) Drink a smoothie every morning. Since this nutritious drink leaves you feeling satiated, sugar cravings are considerably diminished. Try this smoothie recipe in order to alkalinize your system (since illnesses tend to develop in an acidic environment).
2) Drink plenty of water. Water regulates your appetite. Sometimes we think that we’re hungry, but we’re merely thirsty. Drink it at room temperature to minimize the efforts needed for your body to assimilate it.
3) Combine fruits and veggies with a source of fat or protein. This way, you stabilize your sugar intake and stay feeling full for longer. So have your apple with a handful of almonds, or even a slice of cheese with your celery.
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