5-Second Rule

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Are you familiar with the “5-Second Rule”? Here’s a common sense confirmation!  Your thoughts?

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About Dr. Weil

Friday, November 30th, 2012

If you already know of Dr. Andrew Weil, you’ll enjoy this video on his background.  If you don’t know of him, you’ll benefit from knowing about him and the many resources he provides.  Among many other things, Dr. Weil is the founder of the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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Sweet Stuff

Friday, November 30th, 2012

One of the questions I hear frequently is in regard to sugar alternatives.  A lot of folks are either unaware or confused about what’s good and bad.  Here are three thoughts on the issue, plus some additional information, in the interest of clearing things up.

My first thought is always about how much sugar we eat.  Whether we are adding it ourselves or whether we consume it hidden within processed foods and beverages, the first step is to be aware of the sugar we consume — and cut back.  Sugar is addictive and, like salt, we set our taste buds higher and higher, requiring more and more sugar to be satisfied — a vicious circle with consequences.  Again like salt, when we lower the amount of sugar we consume, we find that foods — especially whole, healthy foods — have a really delicious and satisfying flavor all their own, that doesn’t require sugar!

My next thought is that we all need to educate ourselves on exactly what the negative effects of sugar are on our overall health.  They are substantial.  Only one of which is that our bodies are designed to thrive in a slightly alkaline environment.  Sugar disturbs that balance toward acidity — an environment which is more accepting of diseases such as cancer.

Finally, I like to use natural sweeteners like organic honey, agave nectar, stevia and real maple syrup.  When out-and-about, I stash a few little green packets of Stevia in the Raw in my purse as a backup.

Here’s a bit of information that explains pretty clearly about some of the issues regarding sugar alternatives.  Let me know if it’s helpful, and your take on the issue.

High Fructose Corn Syrup vs Other Sweetener Options