What happens to your ability to function optimally and overall well being when you indulge in sugar laden and processed foods? Things like alcohol, chips, crackers, mass produced breads and snack foods...does it really make THAT much of a difference in how you feel?
Based on a ton of research and personal experience, I'd have to give a big "Heck yes it does!"
Case in point...after a couple of days of celebratory eating and drinking (Birthday, followed closely by Christmas and New Years) I attended a yoga class, which is normally a challenge, but something I'm comfortable with, as I generally practice yoga 4-5 times per week (and still consider myself a neophyte).
After my "party-party" festivities, I found that holding poses was far more challenging than under my normal circumstances. The difference was I was much more shaky and had a hard time balancing. After that experience, I decided that I am not at all a fan of feeling that way. After living a lifestyle, which is pretty clean, for the past year and a half (minimally processed, organic, free range, lots of veggies, fruits, good fats...coconut, olive & fish oils) this was a departure for me.
What came screaming into my head was, that some people eat the bad stuff all the time!
They don't know what it's like to function without foggy thinking and wondering why they feel tired all the time. Having had challenges with poor decision making and stress eating myself, I come from both sides of the fence and I can tell you, without a doubt, what you put in your mouth consistently, matters! A lot!
An article in Womens Health Magazine by Grethchen Voss states
"Sugar can act like poison in high doses—and the amount in our diets has gone beyond toxic," says Robert Lustig, M.D., a neuroendocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. The typical American now swallows the equivalent of 22 sugar cubes every 24 hours. That means the average woman eats 70 pounds—nearly half her weight—of straight sugar every year.
Both the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recently released guidelines urging most women to stay under six teaspoons (i.e., six sugar cubes) of added sugar per day. "Sugar consumption is now an epidemic," says Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet. "The long-term effects will be staggering."
It seeps through the walls of your small intestine, triggering your pancreas to secrete insulin, a hormone that grabs glucose from your blood and delivers it to your cells to be used as energy. But many sweet treats are loaded with so much glucose that it floods your body, lending you a quick and dirty high. Your brain counters by shooting out serotonin, a sleep-regulating hormone.
Cue: sugar crash.
Insulin also blocks production of leptin, the "hunger hormone" that tells your brain that you're full. The higher your insulin levels, the hungrier you will feel (even if you've just eaten a lot). Now in a simulated starvation mode, your brain directs your body to start storing glucose as belly fat.
Busy-beaver insulin is also surging in your brain, a phenomenon that could eventually lead to Alzheimer's disease. Out of whack, your brain produces less dopamine, opening the door for cravings and addiction-like neurochemistry.
Still munching? Your pancreas has pumped out so much insulin that your cells have become resistant to the stuff; all that glucose is left floating in your bloodstream, causing prediabetes or, eventually, full-force diabetes.
Have you ever felt like you were living on that sugar high, sugar crash then STARVING treadmill and you just can't figure out how to make it STOP?
It's a rough place to try to function from. It's hard to focus on what's really important, when what you are putting in your mouth is running your life (and not in a good way).
A much easier and far more rewarding way to thrive in your life, is to take the reigns and get in control of that negative cycle. Rather than focusing on taking things away, focus on adding healthy, energy giving and really filling foods to your diet.
Have you ever wondered why someone can pig out on an entire bag of chips or gallon of ice cream, yet it would be tough to cram down a dozen scrambled eggs? Better quality food leaves less room for the bad stuff and gently takes you off the high, low crash cycle so you can feel full, have lots of energy and start to accomplish your Health & Wellness goals.
If you focus first on eating foods that nourish, build and sustains your body temple, then you have less and less room for the bad stuff that sabotages so many important areas of your life.
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Tis the season for flocks of well intentioned individuals to make those resolutions and head off to the gym. The classes are packed with everyone prancing around in their brand new yoga pants, cross trainers and fitbits.
Unfortunately, after a few weeks, the scene will be quite a bit different.
The excitement and newness will wear off, the crowds will dwindle, the fitbits and cross trainers will start to collect dust in a corner of a closet (This hasn't ever been you, has it?) and the clubs will air out and become much more desolate.
Discover what to do if you don't want to be one of the statistics of people, who fall by the wayside.
Find a mentor or someone who inspires you - Whether it's a trainer or someone who obviously takes his or her Health & Fitness very seriously. Someone you desire to become more like. This can be a HUGE force in your desire to stick it out when it becomes hard. The woman who was hugely instrumental in my road from "flab to fit" was a mother of 4 who had the most amazing energy...and body! She was my inspiration. I did not want to let myself down, but when the going got tough, I really didn't want to let her or the other wonderful women I took classes with down.
Get serious and connect with others who are serious too - This isn't the time or place to chat with non-serious friends about what your kids are doing in class this week or what movie you watched last night. You are there to get something accomplished. Take that seriously. Socialize away from the work out area AFTER you've worked up a sweat.
Learn how to use the equipment or what the class is all about - Listen, you will feel uncoordinated, you will mess up and you will get frustrated.
We all did!
The more time you put in, the more consistent athletes will notice and respect your efforts. You will build a new Healthy circle of friends. If you really enjoyed a class, tell the instructor at the end; look for opportunities to start conversations with people you see consistently. Just show up and do your best. You will get better, you will look better and you will feel better; you just need to get some momentum on your side.
Take a bunch of different classes and try a lot of things - You need to find out what really lights you up. In the club and out...Hiking, jogging, walking, running, yoga, swimming, kickboxing, kettlebell, crossfit etc... even if you do not consider yourself to be athletic or coordinated, just give yourself a chance. Be patient and really feel the effects the activity has on your body. The turn around that happens once you find what fires you up is nothing short of magic!
Meet people, make new friends - The bonds formed in the gym are powerful and instrumental to your success. Keep in mind that you may need to form a new circle of friends and let some of your old ones go. If the friends you have now are entertained by going our to happy hour regularly and polishing off a trough of potato skins and super nachos you will never reach your goals. Not that you can't do that every once in a while but you must make a mental shift from that type of activity being routine to a rare occurrence.
Decide to separate yourself from the group that says they want a change but aren't willing to do what it takes. Once you shift your attitude and try a few of these tips, you'll be on the way to being one of those that Makes Miracles Happen!
#gotime #noexcuses #commonsensehealth #fitin2015 #Resolutions
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