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The Unhealthy Side Of Sugar; How It Affects Our Bodies

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White Sugar

I love candy, cookies, chips… you name it! Many times after lunch or dinner, I took a small bite of something sweet to end off the meal, and during the afternoon, I’d grab a quick bite of chocolate or a cookie. The more sugar you eat, the more your body will crave it and I seemed to be getting into the trap with no way of coming out of it. It was going good for a while but then my body was trying to tell me: STOP! I had trouble getting up in the morning. I would literally have to pull myself out of bed each morning, but once the day moved on, I somehow got the energy I needed and I felt fine. At first, I told myself I must be lacking in some vitamins so I paid my doctor a visit and he sent me for blood work.  When the results for that came out fine, I realized it must be the sugar. I finally listened to my body and got hold of myself. I told myself, NO MORE SUGAR! No if’s but’s or when’s. No means no!

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Sugar Cookies

That day, I went out to the store and bought food I would be able to eat and nosh on when I felt the urge to eat something. I bought popcorn, dried fruit (without the sugar!) nuts, whole wheat crackers… and of course whole wheat flour for all my cooking and healthy baking! The next day I didn’t eat any sugar and after a few days, I noticed a huge difference! When I cheated one day and ate some slices of white bread, I felt weak and shaky afterwards. Then I knew without a doubt that white flour and sugar is not good for me. Additionally, I felt refreshed when I woke up in the morning instead of feeling like I hadn’t slept all night. I had more energy in my day and I didn’t get tired after going to my aerobics and toning class. I knew exercise is meant to give your body energy and I never figured out why it always made me more tired. When I went to my aerobics class when I was off the sugar, I saw a huge improvement. I was so happy to see results and it gave me a drive to keep it up.

I also bought a sugar substitute; 100% natural cane sugar. I know it’s not the best out there but it did make things better. With this sugar and my whole wheat flour, I baked healthy muffins or cookies and I didn’t feel deprived of my goodies! I still had cookies to eat if I wanted, of course in moderation.

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Natural Brown Cane Sugar

When I discussed this sugar topic with a nutritionist, she told me how white potatoes are also not that healthy. They have a high Glycemic Index number which means your body breaks down the starches in potatoes very quickly, resulting in a more rapid increase in the level of glucose in your bloodstream.

(Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/374813-rice-and-potatoes-on-the-glycemic-index/#ixzz2KcYYMzpZ.) Sweet potatoes are much healthier and they are so tasty! Instead of french fries, I make sweet potato fries. Instead of mashed potatoes,  make mashed sweet potatoes with fried onions. I actually have a great recipe with sweet potatoes that is healthy too!

Here goes:

1 butternut squash peeled and cubed

2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed

4 carrots peeled and sliced

Heat a little oil in a pot and place the vegetables in the pot. Cover the pot and let it simmer until the vegetables are soft and ready. You can add in a drop of water to the pot if necessary. Add in 1 spoon of honey, 1 spoon of brown sugar (or any sugar substitute) and salt to taste. Serve warm. This is a great side dish to any dinner especially in the winter.

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Butternut Squash/Sweet Potatoes/Carrots Hot Side Dish

Tips On How To Prevent Household Waste

images (6)I’m not sure how things run in your home but in mine there’s a lot of good food that ends up in the trash. I actually once read in a magazine that American families reportedly waste close to 25 percent of the food they buy!! When you combine all that together, it’s enough to fill up a football stadium EVERY day! To me, this sounds absolutely crazy! If you think about it, there are so many families struggling to make ends meet so why is it that those same families donate so much to the trash?

Here are some ways to help you prevent waste, I hope you find it useful!

  • Before you go out shopping, take inventory of your pantry and see what you already have so you wont buy things you don’t need.
  • A bargain is not a bargain if you don’t need the item! If fruits and vegetables are on sale, don’t over buy thinking you’ll cook lots of healthy foods and then stock up your freezer. If you won’t have the time to actually cook, what good is it to have the produce sitting around?
  • Don’t overcrowd your refrigerator; you won’t know what’s inside. Keep it clean and try to rotate the items so the older food comes to the front and gets used first.
  • Your food will last longer in the fridge if it’s running efficiently.  If the coils are loaded with dust, it will diminish the efficiency. The ideal temperature for a fridge is 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit; a freezer should be set to zero degrees.
  • It might pay to invest in produce keepers that have top vents and bottom strainers. This will preserve the freshness longer.
  • Every so often, serve a meal with all your leftovers. Believe it or not, your kids might just love this – they’ll get to choose their favorite dish!
  • Try to recycle leftovers. Bread can be made into croutons or bread crumbs, chicken can be added to a salad or sandwich, vegetables can be turned into a soup and fruits can be great for a pie!
  • Grow fruits and vegetables in the backyard with your children. You are less likely to waste food when you know where it comes from.

To follow all the steps listed above are definitely not easy however becoming aware of the problem is a step in the right direction and if we can try to be a bit more careful with our shopping and storing of our food, we’ll go a long way towards trimming our budgets – and trimming our “wastes.”

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