14 Simple Ways to Stop Eating Lots of Sugar

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Good read cleared up a bit for me and am going to start eating more fruit thought that you couldnt eat much with Diabetes but you can eat fresh fruit as the fiber in fresh fruit helps the absorption. Heading to Morrisons this week to fill up my fridge with fresh fruit!

Also low-fat foods often contain more sugar and calories than full-fat versions. It is often better to choose full-fat versions when you’re trying to reduce your sugar intake. But check on the labels first as this is not always the case. Sometimes in order to make this food low fat they can add a lot of unhealthy additives. To read more about this see the link below  ….fat-content-salt-and-sugar

Eating lots of sugar is a surefire way to raise your risk of many different diseases. This article provides several useful tricks to reduce your intake.

Source: 14 Simple Ways to Stop Eating Lots of Sugar

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Is it Food Addiction or Simply a Case of Emotional Eating?

Is it Food Addiction or Simply a Case of Emotional Eating?

“If hunger is not the problem, food is not the answer”

Excerpted from What, Exactly, Is Emotional Eating? | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss

This is a real problem to a lot of people and I am not ashamed to say that I am one of them. I am addicted to carbs and it is taking one hell of a lot to get it under control, together with my emotional eating this can become a perfect storm, turning into a  high calorie, high carb, high sugar blow out! So what is happening when I have one of these blow outs, am I suffering from emotional eating or just an addiction to certain food types?

Food can become a way to cope with emotional matters, and the repetition of this coping mechanism can breed an addiction. By using food as a means to deal with anxiety, stress, grief, and the like, the body becomes conditioned to crave that process to feel relief.

People often associate pleasure with foods that contain fat, sugar and salt. As innocent as it may seem, this starts at a young age when candy and soda are given as a “treat” or “reward” for good behavior, grades or a celebration. Research studies have shown the reward centers of the brain to light up and release dopamine when pleasurable foods are consumed. Could this be that we’ve conditioned our bodies to react this way? The following is a great way to explain what is happening to us when we feel compelled to eat when not hungry, its from another blog by Erika, she feels that this is what compels us to believe that emotional eating is the answer.

Once upon a time, in a land not very far from your home… lived mankind. No fast cars, no shiny structures, no skyscrapers, nothing. Just man.. rock… and animals.

See, this worked for man because his only task was to hunt wildlife, and gather his kill for his family. That was his responsibility. His purpose was to bring the salt and fat from the animal to the family. Not work, not bills… just hunt. Because life was much simpler then, this was man’s sole source of stress.

One day, man could not hunt. Every time he threw his spear, he’d miss his prey. He just couldn’t catch SQUAT! His family was to go hungry and he just… he couldn’t take it. The stress started to build up inside of him.

Because stress about the inability to eat is the only source of stress for man, his body became used to the eventual chain of events. His body knows: Lots of stress = lack of food coming in. How did his body react? His body decided to hold on to what it had – by way of diminishing the amount of energy his body could exert all at one time, by way of making sure his body took a very long time to lose weight, by way of making sure it held onto every pound and fat cell it could. This bodily reaction would only further compel man to step up his hunting skills… why? Because he didn’t want to feel that way! He didn’t want his family to feel that way! He had to get his caveman hustle on! When man was finally able to tackle that antelope or whatever-what-have-you, the fats and salts in the meat were sooooo satisfying that they would cure man of the bodily reaction to stress.

Compare this to emotional eating. The body’s reaction doesn’t change no matter what variables you swap out. Regardless if the stress comes from traffic, bad work day, or family problems… the body’s reaction to stress has not evolved as fast as society has. Now, we can get food within ten minutes if we drive or own a microwave. So presuming our body believes that stress is caused by a “famine on the way,” then it’s going to trigger feelings to make you go hunt! Our bodies just don’t know how easy it is to get food just yet. It hasn’t caught up.

Excerpted from Telling A Tale of Stress and Emotional Eating | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss

Cllick the links below to read more –

 5 Steps to Take Control of Food Addiction | MyFitnessPal

What exactly is emotional eating

Why do Low Carb Diets Work? The Mechanism Explained

I am trying this but do you realise how many foods have carbs in them? Also you have to stick to about 45 carbs a day and this is easier said than done its taking a bit of getting used to but I must admit my sugar readings are going right down!

  • Semi-skimmed milk per cup has 5 carbs in it
  • A nice healthy mushroom and tomato omelette has 26 carbs in it!

You can see from above that you can soon use up 45 carbs in one day. AND there are good carbs and bad carbs which I haven’t even looked into yet. Below is a great page that explains how a low carb diet works. At least I have now got to grips with that.

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Low carb diets can cause 2-3 times as much weight loss as low fat diets. However, the mechanism behind this effect is still debated among scientists to continue reading see the link below –

Why do Low Carb Diets Work? The Mechanism Explained