Thursday Thought~

take care of your bodyThis is a strong statement.  Keep this in mind before you go to the pantry.  We can all learn to change our lifestyle.  It’s a choice and sometimes for those of us who are emotional eaters it’s not always that easy.  Sometimes turning to food to heal pain is the only choice we feel we have.  I finally got what having a journal near by means.  I pick it up when feeling emotional pain instead of eating away the pain.  It’s so very therapeutic.  It’s a healthy habit I am glad I have.  They have beautiful Journals for a very low price at Ross I have about 5 now I have them for various trials I am dealing with.  Think about getting one if you don’t.  It’s been a great way to sort out feelings and deal with them or vent them instead of covering the pain with food.

The Bittersweet Truth about Sugar!!

Jennifer is a friend and I feel blessed she wrote this wonderful article for my readers. Thank you Jennifer.  :-)

Sugar is hiding in almost all processed foods, including savory choices like soups or salad dressings, and most people don’t really give much thought to the consequences. Perhaps if the facts about excessive sugar consumption were more well known, the public would give sources of excess sugar in their diets a little more consideration.

Fact #1: Sugar Makes You Age

According to many expert scientists, excessive sugar consumption actually accelerates the aging process. If that’s not reason enough to cut down on sugar consumption, what is? The accelerated aging is caused by multiple factors including heightened insulin levels, chronic inflammation, glycation and others.

Fact #2: Sugar Lowers Immune Function

The immune system is suppressed immediately after high sugar consumption, which gives nasties such as colds and flu the opportunity to gain a foothold while the body isn’t at its peak. It is no small irony that the most sugar laden months of the year are at the beginning of cold and flu season.

Fact #3: High Sugar Consumption Raises Insulin Levels

Whenever an individual consumes sugar, the body secretes insulin to help metabolize the substance. This is fine and natural, but when individuals constantly introduce sugar into their systems, more and more insulin must be produced. The body soon develops insulin resistance and diabetes is the result.

Fact #4: Sugar Lowers Levels of Human Growth Hormone in the Body

Human growth hormone is responsible for staving off the aging process and keeping the body young, muscular and lean. Sugar directly suppresses the levels of human growth hormone secreted in the body.

Fact #5: Sugar Causes Glycation

Glycation is when a sugar molecule binds with a protein or fat molecule, creating a new molecule that is like a free radical on steroids. These nasty things are called Advanced Glycation End products, or AGE for short. AGEs live up to their name, rapidly aging the body. The damage caused by AGEs is irreparable.

Fact #6: Sugar Causes Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing, and is actually a very important part of the body’s healing process. Chronic inflammation is another matter entirely, and is the root of many diseases associated with excessive sugar consumption including rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. The key to lasting health and youth is the reduction of excessive inflammation in the body.

Is Sugar Always Bad?

With all of these facts in mind, many will feel that sugar should be avoided altogether. This isn’t necessary; sugar should simply be consumed in balance. The WHO advises keeping sugar consumption under 50 grams per day, not including naturally occurring sugars in fruits and vegetables. That means that normal sugar consumption on a daily basis is more than fine for those concerned about maintaining long term health.

This guest article was contributed by Jennifer Bell from Health Training Guide. Jennifer is a freelance  writer and mother of 2 based in Los Angeles, CA. Check out her site. to learn more about clinical laboratory technologist and technician training and other exciting health careers.


Obesity in America

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Jill Knapp’s Fit Tip Tuesday~ Get Your Feelings Out of the Fridge

I know I am not the only one who eats for comfort.  I am still recovering from a very hard year and find my old habits start back.  I won’t do it.  I refuse to gain back all that weight I lost I just won’t do it.  I pray everyday for strength not to turn to food and it does help.  I go to god often during the day.  It’s helping.  I share this only because I know how bad it feels when you feel out of control and food comforts you.  Really it’s only for a short time and the after affects of guilt are bad.  It’s a bad cycle and I know the pain of the cycle.

Dealing with painful emotions and having to feel them instead of eating them is not an easy thing but in the long run I know it’s the right way to do it.  Don’t give up on yourself if you have messed up.  Make the change now.  Don’t give up on yourself.  Your health is important and no amount of food can take away emotional pain a person has to deal with.  I don’t know your pain or what is going on but I do know pain and I do know that where ever you are at and what ever you are going through it’s better to deal with it head on and not use food.  I enjoy the friendships I have made from keeping this blog for so many years.  I love the letters I get from my readers who are also dealing with many different trials and have turned to food for comfort but are now learning what I have had to learn is to just not go there and to stop feeding any pain or trial we must face.

I have a wonderful therapist who has helped me really get through some very big trials.  Going to counseling has had a stigma attached to it for so long but don’t let it get in your way of getting the help you need for your trials and pain.  I trust my therapist and really feel blessed that I have her.   Just know your not alone.  Behind every face there is a story and a journey.

Health Monitor Magazine

Click on the 2nd photo to see larger so you can read the article.  I am very blessed to have been featured on the Guide to Diabetes put out by Health Monitor.   Thank you everyone who reads my blog.  I appreciate all of the support you have given to me through the years.  Please help me pay it forward by sharing this on your Facebook page or send it to anyone you know who needs a boost of “YES YOU CAN!! Because truly anyone that has the desire can change their life if they truly want to.  Photos done by Chad Case a wonderful photographer.

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