Healthy Tip: We all know the unhealthy effects of over-indulging in alcohol. No one is going to argue that an alcohol induced "blackout" is harmful to our bodies. It's about time we start viewing a sugar "whiteout" with the same seriousness. New research published in the scientific journal, Nature, states the sugar is toxic to our systems and should have regulations similar to alcohol. Sugar alters your state of mind, metabolism, hormones, blood pressure and in excess over time leads to obesity and liver disease.* (*Read it to believe it). I know what you're thinking, "That would never happen to me. I don't eat that much sugar!" Unless you live on a 100% whole, living foods diet, you're probably consuming A LOT more sugar than you realize.
What's a super sweet tooth to do? Get more natural sweeteners into your diet to control your cravings.
- Eat fruits and sweet vegetables
- Drink seltzer with a little juice instead of soda
- Chew grains thoroughly for a sweet taste
- Make your own cookies, treats and baked goods using natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, agave, or molasses.
Fashionista Wannabe: I'm working from home today and getting lots of writing done. I used this as an excuse to dig my favorite ratty Tee out of the "get rid of" pile to wear just this one last time. (I have said this on more than one occasion.) How about this? I promise never to wear this shirt out in public again if you promise to consume less sugar and eat more natural sweeteners. Deal?
In naturally sweetened health,
Joanie Johnson, CHC