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Is your body happy with your food choices?

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Reset2day says Glycemic Index (GI) of foods is critical to keeping your blood sugar levels consistent. A rate too high or too low causes problems. Natural foods grown organically tend to be lower on the GI. Packaged foods tend to be higher (lots of package products have added sugar). Junk food tends to be the highest. What are you eating? Is your body happy with your choices?

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Almonds Anyone?

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Man Made says adding almonds to any meal helps lower the overall Glycemic Index (GI) of your meal. The lower the GI the more healthy because sugars are assimilated slower and the risk of diabetes is less. I enjoy a small handful of almonds for a morning or afternoon snack. They curb your appetite, lessen your urges for snacks and are very healthy for you. Be sure you buy unsalted raw or unsalted roasted almonds. Eating sugar-coated almonds defeats the purpose all together.

Sugar, Sugar, Ah Honey, Honey – it’s all the Same

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Macro photograph of a pile of sugar (saccharose)

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Are all sugars the same? Lately there has been a rash of TV commercials saying all sugars are the same. This is not true! Fruit has sugar that is mixed in with fiber. The package counts! The sugar by itself may be the same but dressed up in its package changes everything. The proof is in the Glycemic Index values. Raw and fake sugars usually are a 100 on this index (the highest you can go). Fruits are much lower 30 to 50 on the index. This indicates that are bodies can assimilate this type of sugar slower and the impact is less likely to cause diseases like diabetes.

New Year’s Resolutions

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You Are What You Eat

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Many of us try to lose weight this time of year but never seem to make it. Diets don’t work! If they did the diet companies would be out of business instead of thriving to new heights. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat and make life changes. YES I did say eat. We have an old set of epigenetics that “lock” fat when our bodies feel we are starving. Dieting causes this to enact and you simply cannot lose the weight easily. Try eating 5 small meals per day instead of three big ones. Stay away from cereals, except oat meal, they convert to sugar. Eat plenty of fruit (the sugars are mixed with fiber and enter the body at a slower rate (lower on glycemic index). Eat nuts for one of the 5 meals. Eat plenty of vegetables. Try cooking your vegetables in different ways. Buy a good vegetarian cook book and experiment. You should not try to lose more than about 2 pounds per week. It took time to put it on and it will take time to take it off in a healthy way. If you change your life style, you won’t be thinking about being over the diet. You will be eating less per sitting but more meals. The multiple meals turns off the bodies “Starvation Mode” and allows you to eat and lose fat. Epigenetics also says you will be eating a much healthier set of foods and therefore will be headed to a healthier life. Enjoy your food and be happy.