Day 22 – No Sugar

I DID IT! I made it through another weekend with no sugar. It’s not as hard as it was in the beginning. I’m pretty much past the learning curve of knowing what I can eat & what I can’t. This makes life much easier. I loaded up on good things like roasted  acorn squash, salmon & fresh cherries! Yum. I did want a treat!….. late on Sunday night. So my hubby took the fresh cherries & froze them. Once frozen solid he added them to my sugar free coconut milk & Shakeology. IT WAS SO GOOD! Especially since he froze the cherries & didn’t add ice. This made the taste much richer.Cherries shakeology

I want to talk to you about why I am doing this in the first place. I want to be healthy & I didn’t realize how bad sugar was until I started this journey. I just knew you shouldn’t eat it…… but I didn’t really know why! So I did my research.

Added sugars (not naturally occurring sugars) contains a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. You have heard them called empty calories. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in sugar. This is why eating empty calories can cause nutrient deficiencies.

Before sugar enters the bloodstream from the digestive tract, it is broken down into two simple sugars… glucose and fructose.

  • Glucose is found in every living cell on the planet. If we don’t get it from the diet, our bodies produce it.
  • Fructose is different. Our bodies do not produce it in any significant amount and there is no physiological need for it.

Every cell in the body can use glucose, the liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose in significant amounts.

This is not a problem if we eat a little bit (such as from fruit) or we just finished an exercise session. In this case, the fructose will be turned into glycogen and stored in the liver until we need it. However, if the liver is already full of glycogen, eating a lot of fructose overloads the liver, forcing it to turn the fructose into fat.

When people eat a diet that is high in calories and high in fructose, the liver gets overloaded.

I’m not referring to fructose found in fruit here. Fruits aren’t just watery bags of fructose, they are real foods with a low energy density and lots of fiber.

They’re hard to overeat on and you’d have to eat ridiculous amounts to reach harmful levels of fructose. In general, fruit is a minor source of fructose in the diet compared to added sugars.

Sugar dehydrates the body which makes it difficult to lose weight. It disrupts your hormonal system and without balances hormones maintaining a healthy weight is near-impossible. It also lowers your body’s absorption of nutrients which means you don’t get any metabolic benefits of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, etc. It also slows down the absorption rate of your food in your digestion system which causing bloating.Sugar causes your body to overproduce insulin which causes you to store all food intake as fat.

The list goes on & on. I have no delusions that I will make it through the rest of my life not eating sugar! I love food way too much. However I now have a healthy respect for what I put in my body. I am more aware of what’s going in. I know this will help me to limit & make better choices.

 

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