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Replenish Your Soul - Seven Strategies For Reducing Sugar

Have you decided to eat less sugar?

Brilliant idea! This is one of the best ways to improve your health, fitness and happiness.

First, the shocking statistics of sugar:

  • 200 years ago Americans ate an average of two pounds of sugar a year.

  • In 1970 Americans ate an average of 123 pounds of sugar a year.

  • Today the average American eats 152 pounds a year. That's 3 pounds, or 6 cups, a week! Yikes!

Eating too much sugar is deadly for your health. With sugar, I also refer to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is, at best, a very concentrated form of sugar.

Too much sugar causes or contributes to the following:

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Accelerates skin aging

  • General inflammation

  • Heart disease

  • Reaching joints and muscles

  • Low energy, chronic fatigue

  • Flu and flu

  • Emotional change

  • Anxiety, panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Cravings for more candy (the more you eat, the more you want)

Two hundred years ago sugar was a treat to eat, used with amulets and for special occasions. If we eat like that today, it won't be a problem.

Instead we poisoned ourselves with it. Our food industry spends millions of dollars every year to convince us to eat and drink sugar, and the diet industry spends millions of dollars a year selling our low-end diet.

How crazy is that ?!

You don't need a diet. Never again.

You need to follow healthy principles and find a personal care strategy that works for you.

Principle # 1 to help you feel better, look better, age better and find and maintain your best weight: Cut, way back, in sugar, including High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

(Do No. replace artificial sweeteners, like Splenda or Nutrasweet! It also hurts your health and doesn't help you lose weight.)

7 Super Self Care Strategies for Eating Low Sugar

1. Develop a healing attitude:

  • Be type to yourself.

  • Trust that you can make a positive difference in your life!

  • Imagine yourself feeling and looking great!

  • Congratulations on every little step and every little change you make.

2. Enjoy food in their natural state.

Fruits and vegetables have natural sugars, good taste, nutrients and variety, and your best natural healing remedies.

3. Eat lots of high quality protein and good fats.

This diet will reduce your craving for sugar and will provide you with constant energy over time. When you eat candy, eat good protein and fat first. You will feel more satisfied and will metabolize sugar better.

4. Keep sugary foods to treat occasionally and let yourself enjoy them!

No more eating the guilt and shame anymore. Whatever you eat, feel it with love and gratitude.

5. Every day spend some time outdoors during the day.

You will feel better, improve your metabolism and reduce your appetite.

6. Do what you love!

Sweet desire is a request from your body for serotonin, "Chemical Taste". Serotonin is also produced by doing whatever makes you feel happy.

7. Experiment with some healthier sweeteners.

My favorites are Xylitol, Erythritritol, Stevia and Agave Syrup.

These four natural sweeteners are low on the glycemic index. In short, this means they don't cause your blood sugar to jump and then fall, and they don't cause health problems and sugar cravings and HFCS.

Xylitol and Erythritol

Xylitol and Erythritol are both plant sugars, low glycemic, antibacterial (so they actually help fight infections and tooth decay) and are metabolized in separate channels of insulin, so they are safe for diabetics and we all want less blood sugar.

Xylitol is sweet and very good in small quantities, like a spoon or two in tea.

Too much - at least initially - and many people suffer from abdominal cramps and running!

These are commonly found in chewing gum and gems. Make sure you read the label to make sure it doesn't contain sucralose (Splenda) or aspartame (Nutrasweet).

Erythritol is great for burning and is used in larger quantities, such as in smoothie or berry sauce. Xylitol and Erythritol tend to be expensive. I bought it in a five-pound bag at for very low prices.

Warning: Xylitol and Erythritol are toxic to dogs. Stevia is a wonderful ingredient - I grew up in my garden in the summer - with small leaves and sweet white flowers. I dried it and used it in tea. It is commercially available as an extract; you just need a few drops.By by itself it has a bit of a bitter after-taste. I like to add some drops along with erythritol for baking. Stevia is highly concentrated and can be purchased at any natural food store. Agave Syrup is a natural, delicious, but slightly higher glycemic option. It is a thin syrup, similar to honey or maple syrup but has far less blood sugar impact than they do. Baby I love the tea and I love to use it for baking. Remember, you don't have to do it all at once. Starting today; choose one or two of these self-care strategies to eat less sugar and you will notice a huge difference in no time. Many of my customers have lost a lot of pounds and dramatically improved their health and mood just by cutting out soft drinks.

Congratulations on taking this important step towards your health and happiness!


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